For more than 25 years, KnollTextiles and Knoll have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability in producing products for the workplace.
Following are just a few of their many corporate initiatives to promote sustainability. For more detailed information, download the Knoll Environmental, Health and Safety Annual Report at knoll.com.
All Knoll North America facilities (Grand Rapids, Muskegon, East Greenville and Toronto) are ISO 14001 certified, an internationally-recognized mark of commitment to environmentally responsible practices. The standard, set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), helps an organisation to control and improve the impact of its activities on the environment. Examples include developing pollution prevention programs and reducing air and water pollution.
Knoll are committed to reduce, reuse, recycle and where possible, eliminate waste. Key metrics include:
- In 2005, Knoll facilities recycled over 17,845 wood pallets, 3221 tons of wood scrap, 636 tons of corrugated cardboard, 22,372 gallons of waste solvent, 11,158 gallons of waste oil and 130 tons of textiles (recycled textiles are used for insulation in cars). Knoll also recycled virtually 100% of all aluminum and steel scraps generated during manufacturing.
- In 2005, Knoll recycling efforts had the following impact on the conservation of natural resources:
- through paper, steel and aluminum recycling, we saved over 12,000 trees, enough energy to light
- over 9 million 60 watt bulbs for more than a day, and enough to run 6 million TV sets for three hours.
LEED and the USGBC
In addition to working with clients to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for sustainable design, Knoll is committed to working to certify its own facilities. Knoll has achieved LEED Silver certification in its San Francisco showroom as well as LEED Gold certification for its Lubin Manufacturing Facility in East Greenville, PA. Environmental Initiatives.
KnollTextiles is committed to sourcing products with recycled content and natural fiber, as well as products that are made using clean production processes.
Fiber Content: Recycled Content or Rapidly Renewable Materials
40% of the KnollTextiles fabric line has either recycled content or rapidly renewable materials and may contribute to LEED certification in these categories (see LEED matrix at knolltextiles.com for a complete list).
The KnollTextiles "green bar" on tickets can be found on a more limited selection of the line (20%); it is reserved for those products that meet these more stringent criteria: 49%+ recycled content or 75%+ natural materials. Attached is a complete list of KnollTextiles "green bar" fabrics.
Clean Production Processes: Solution Dyed Fibers
KnollTextiles also sources products that are made using clean production processes, resulting in less pollution and energy waste. Solution-dyed products, which minimize waste water, include panel fabrics Clarity, Harmony, Progression, Progression Striate, Resolution and Weave Three; all of our olefin wallcoverings, and the upholstery fabric Gala.
As part of our commitment to third-party monitoring to ensure impartiality in environmental compliance, Knoll has received Greenguard certification on over 95% of the KnollTextiles line. Exceptions include Imago and some of their wallcoverings (Aperture, Adaptation, Cotton Paper, Troy, Astria, Pause, Command, Exurban, Merge, Filter, Switch, Notion, Leda). Certification is indicated on all fabric tickets.
The Greenguard Environmental Institute is an industry independent testing program for low-emitting products and materials. Certified products are regularly tested to ensure that their chemical and particle emissions meet acceptable pollutant guidelines and standards.