Herman Miller’s Green Movement


Herman Miller’s name has long been associated with some of the most iconic products, such as the world’s bestselling office chair Aeron and the Eames Lounge chair. However, did you know that the American manufacturer is also seen as one of the leaders of sustainability in the furniture industry?


Read on to discover the many ways in which Herman Miller is going green.


1. Buy once, buy well

Every aspect of Herman Miller’s products has been carefully thought out to ensure that it meets the brand’s high standards of quality and durability. That’s because in order to reuse consumer waste, Herman Miller wants you to buy once and buy well. Aside from technology, materials and design, the Michigan-based company also offers a 12-year international warranty for all its chairs, guaranteeing customers a chair for life!


2. Meticulous about materials

When people look for an office chair, they rarely read the fineprint, focusing more on aesthetics and comfort. Well, for Herman Miller, products not only look and feel good — they are good! All products are made from materials with safe chemistry, use recycled and bio-based materials, can be part of a closed-loop recycling system, and minimize the total life cycle impacts. The remastered Aeron chair, for instance, was redesigned to be 3 pounds lighter and free of carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins.


3. Setting an example

As a leader in sustainability, Herman Miller is also the founding member of the United States Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding and promoting building practices. The brand also helped formulate the universally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification guidelines. Now that’s commitment to saving our planet.


4. Keeping products out of landfills

Since launching the ‘rePurpose’ program to help customers resell, donate and recycle furniture and unwanted items to deserving projects, Herman Miller has helped divert more than 27,000 tons of products from landfill.


5. Holding themselves accountable

As consumers grow more eco-conscious, more and more brands are throwing around words like ‘organic,’ ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ without any proof to back them up. Not with Herman Miller. The American furniture manufacturer shares its reports and 10-year sustainability journey with the public so that its held accountable for its claims. By 2023, the company aims to produce zero waste.