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Leading Furniture Manufacturer Gets Green Certification

Leading furniture manufacturer and designer Knoll Inc. recently received Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification for three of its manufacturing plants. Knoll will offer office furniture systems made from particle board, veneer, solid lumber, and other wood-fiber products that come from responsibly-managed forests. The certification was granted by Scientific Certification Systems for Knoll's manufacturing plants located in East Greenville, Penn., Toronto, Ontario, and Grand Rapids, Mich.

For more than 20 years, Knoll has focused on "green" design, innovative technology, and sustainable business practices. Beyond following environmental laws, Knoll independently takes steps to take less from the earth. This environmental responsibility has led Knoll to develop clean technologies for its manufacturing operations and to continue to explore processes that improve the sustainability of its products.

Knoll began working with SCS, an independent environmental certification company, in 1990 to source sustained timber from a well-managed forest for Knoll products. The forests identified by SCS are Forest Stewardship Council-certified.

"Knoll can be held up to the rest of the furniture industry as an example of sustainability," said FSC U.S. president Roger Dower. "Knoll’s certification brings a major furniture company to the FSC, and will provide the leadership for other furniture manufacturers to follow suit."

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