Committed to healthy indoor air quality in schools.
Clean indoor air is a leading measure of a healthy learning environment. The key to indoor air quality is minimizing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) because prolonged exposure to them may increase the risk of childhood asthma. VOCs can be emitted by things commonly found in schools like cleaning agents, furnishings, paint, flooring and building products.
Recognizing the importance of clean indoor air, we’ve done our best to minimize the VOCs emitted Smith System products. Through careful engineering, stringent materials selection and sound manufacturing processes, we’ve succeeded in creating a line of furniture that schools can feel good about from a health standpoint. In fact, our entire line is GREENGUARD™ certified to meet indoor air quality standards for children and schools. Read about GREENGUARD™ certification. We are the first school furniture manufacturer to earn this level of certification for our entire portfolio. Additionally, all Smith System products comply with CA 01350 and have met the new CREL standard for formaldehyde emissions level of 9 μg/m3 (7.3 ppb) for three years.
For healthier living environments.
We’re working to make our manufacturing processes as efficient as possible because efficiency reduces waste. Specifically, we’re reducing waste that goes to landfills – this has been one of our most successful areas. In one summer, our bulk shipping initiative reduced the amount of corrugated cardboard used by 225,000 lbs. We’re also reducing energy used to produce our products – by working cleaner and smarter we’ve cut our energy consumption. We’re reducing the environmental impact on the part of our vendors – we work closely with those in the supply chain to make sure they’re doing their part to safeguard the environment when making goods from wood product, steel, and plastic. We’re reducing waste. Recently, rather than sending 50,000 lbs. of plastic (from chair shells and edge moldings that didn’t meet our quality standards) to the landfill, we had the material recycled for use by another manufacturer. And we’re reducing packaging used by our vendors.
Meanwhile we’re increasing the recyclability of products – most of our chairs are composed of polypropylene plastics and chromed steel and are 99% recyclable (glides and/or casters make up the remaining 1%). Booktrucks are also 99% recyclable. And we’re increasing the use of recycled steel and renewable resources in our products.
Our products’ exceptional quality, durability and longevity take on added value in an environmental context. The longer they stay in service, the longer they stay out of landfills. And, as long as they’re in service, additional natural resources don’t have to be used to replace them.