Details Receives Additional Cradle-to-Cradle Certifications

    Six worktool products receive eco-friendly designation

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 12 /CNW/ -- Details, a Steelcase company,
recently received Cradle-to-Cradle Certification from McDonough Braungart
Design Chemistry (MBDC) for six of its organizational worktool products.
Details newest certified Cradle-to-Cradle products include:

    -- Slatwall Extrusion
    -- Freestanding SlatRail Stanchions
    -- SlatRail
    -- A binder holder
    -- Three letter trays
    -- And, a pencil cup
    Based in Charlottesville, Va., 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 the components used in the manufacturing of these organizational
worktool products are made from materials that were scrutinized for their
impact on the environment.  Recycled materials were used in the construction
of the products, providing a closed material loop which pulled very little
virgin raw material from the environment and will send very little back to it.
Last fall, the Details keyboard assembly also gained the Cradle-to-Cradle
    "We continually seek ways to design products that have a positive impact
not only in the office, but also on the environment," says Jeff Charon,
product category manager for Details. "The recent Cradle-to-Cradle
Certification for these six products validates our work in this area.  The
certification is important to us and is part of our design process."
    The certified products are available through the Details network of
dealers. These are some of the first products in these categories within the
office furniture industry to earn these credentials.
    About Details
    Details, a Steelcase subsidiary based in Grand Rapids, Mich., provides
innovative worktool solutions compatible with most furniture systems.  Details
worktools are sold through a network of 450 dealers and are featured in 20
Steelcase showrooms throughout North America.  For more information about
Details, visit .
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For further information: Dave Kagan, +1-616-554-4407,, Christine Hoek, +1-616-662-9241,, both for Details

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