At Intereum, we are committed to doing our part to minimize our impact on the environment and strategically partner with companies that share these values. With every project we work on, we partner with our clients to deliver classic design solutions that will endure for generations and operate eco-consciously to help contribute to a better planet.
We are dedicated to donating and recycling as much product as we can to avoid landfills. In 2020, we donated or recycled over 115 tons of furniture in support of client moves, changes, and updates. Additionally, our in-house custom shop provides expert service and repair care to extend product lifespan, and avoid landfills wherever possible.
Our showroom utilizes state-of-the-art technology to connect people and help us educate clients, but the out-of-sight capabilities help manage our environmental footprint. By controlling the heating, lights, shades, HVAC, and room occupancy data, Intereum eliminates wasteful treatment of resources.
Our operations team utilizes a strategic "clean, green and lean" install and delivery process to minimize trash and wasted resources.
Protecting the environment has been a core value for Herman Miller from the beginning, as articulated by founder D.J. De Pree in 1953 when he said, “We will be a good corporate neighbor by being a good steward of the environment.” Earthright, the company's 10-year sustainability strategy, encompasses the many initiatives they support to live up to this commitment. From mindful manufacturing practices and prioritizing eco-friendly design to creating a product recycling program and providing transparency on their corporate carbon footprint, Herman Miller is committed to designing not just better products, but a better world.
Serious about happiness. Dedicated to sustainability. Framery defines their sustainability work under three themes – Environmental Efficiency, Social Responsibility, and Economic Value Creation. Framery's sustainability work covers economic, social, and environmental
responsibility throughout their entire value chain. They work continuously to fully support customers and to meet their demands for timely and transparent information, as well as functional, reliable, and sustainable products, and they continued to innovate for a more sustainable and renewable future.
HAY focuses on developing long-lasting products that minimize their environmental impact. They optimize the use of sustainable materials such as recycled materials, FSC-certified wood and water-based lacquer, with a growing number of eco-certified products. They have strict regulatory requirements, and the majority of their products are tested to comply with international standards for strength, durability, and safety. HAY takes its responsibility to contribute to a greener future seriously. They aim to be climate positive in everything that they do by focusing their energy on three areas: sustainable design, durable products, and local production.
Maars Living Walls
Maars is committed to sustainability and their contributions are not limited to the products and manufacturing processes. Maars ensures that healthy, high-quality working conditions are maintained for employees in all parts of their business, including the factory, with access to natural light and top-of-the-line air filtration systems. Maars accepts its responsibility to be sustainable through many efforts to ensure a better world for the next generations.
Herman Miller Tools
One way to be a good steward of the environment is to empower industry partners with the information they need to do the same. In 2016, Herman Miller launched Ecomedes, a web-based calculator and product database that gives architects and designers an easy way to see the environmental attributes and certifications of Herman Miller products. This tool is all about transparency and making it easy for others to pursue their environmental goals, providing data needed when applying for certifications for LEED, WELL, and other programs. The site includes Herman Miller, Nemschoff, Geiger and Naughtone products.
Herman Miller developed the rePurpose program in an effort to divert old furniture from the scrapheap, recycling even our competitors’ furniture. In 150 cities across the U.S. and Canada, rePurpose helps customers send used furniture and other assets to deserving nonprofits. They have facilitated the diversion of more than 27,000 tons of product from landfills since they started the program in 2009, and generated $18 million in charitable, in-kind donations. Intereum eagerly supports this program in the Twin Cities.
Herman Miller joined NextWave® Plastics, an open-source consortium dedicated to keeping plastic in our economy and out of the oceans, as a founding member in 2018 and has been working to incorporate ocean-bound plastic in its solutions ever since. Revenio is their latest textile introduction and their most sustainable collection yet. For every yard in the Revenio collection, 7-15 bottles of plastic are diverted from the ocean. Annually, the Revenio Collection will divert an estimated equivalent of 4.6 million or approximately 37,000 pounds of discarded plastic bottles.