Details recently received eco-friendly Cradle-to-Cradle certification from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) for six of its organizational worktool products. The following products have received certification from MBDC:
- Slatwall extrusion
- Freestanding SlatRail stanchions
- A binder holder
- Three letter trays
- A pencil cup
Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, MBDC is a consulting firm dedicated to promoting the "Next Industrial Revolution" by helping clients develop eco-friendly products and services that contribute to economic, social and environmental prosperity.
What is Cradle-to-Cradle design?
Since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, most manufacturers have assumed a cradle-to-grave life cycle - that is, you use a product until it wears out and then bury it. Instead, MBDC promotes a cradle-to-cradle approach, which assumes that a product eventually will be recycled rather than disposed of.
About the products
All components used to manufacture Details worktool products are made from materials that were scrutinized for their impact on the environment. The products rely heavily on recycled materials, providing a closed material loop that pulls very little raw material from the environment and sends very little waste back to landfills.
Details continually seeks ways to design products that positively impact the office as well as the environment. According to Jeff Charon, product category manager for Details, the recent Cradle-to-Cradle certification for these six products validates the company’s work in this area. Details products are sold and serviced through the Steelcase Dealer Network. For more information, visit www.eandi.org, or contact your local E&I Member Service Representative.