Think: Environmental by Steelcase


A chair thoughtful enough to measure, and minimize, its lifelong impact on the environment. 


In developing the Think chair, we considered where it comes from, how it is made, and what it will be when it is no longer a chair.

The Think chair is the first product to ever receive Cradle to Cradle™ Product Certification from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) and has Silver-level certification. The Cradle to Cradle™ Product Certification evaluates a product for human and environmental health impacts throughout its lifecycle and its potential for being truly recycled or safely composted.

A complete Life Cycle Assessment has been completed for Think, evaluating the chair's lifelong impact on the environment - from materials used through production, shipping, use and end of life.  The results of the Life Cycle Assessment are reported in the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

The Think chair is the first product ever to be level™ 3 certified to the BIFMA e3 sustainability standard. According to BIFMA, the level™ conformance mark ensures a comprehensive, independent and impartial assessment of the environmental and social impacts of a product’s manufacture. Level certification makes it easy to identify products that have been evaluated against a consensus-based, multi-attribute sustainability standard.

The Think chair is also SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold Certified. The program tests and certifies products for compliance with USGBC LEED EQ4.5 (furniture and seating).

A few more environmental facts about Think:

  • Up to 98% recyclable by weight
  • Disassembly for recycling takes about five minutes using common hand tools (hammer, screwdriver, etc.)
  • Up to 38% recycled content 

View Think's Product Environmental Profile.

More information about the environmental considerations of the Think chair is available in the Think Environmental Brochure.