During Westside development process we considered environmental impacts of our decisions at every stage of the product’s lifecycle.
Life Cycle Assessment
The Westside is manufactured in Sarrebourg, France, by Steelcase. Thanks to the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method, Steelcase can quantify the product’s environmental impacts to set the stage for further improvements. This method, based on ISO 14044, is selected by the European Union for environmental evaluation. It allows us to measure the environmental impact of our products throughout their lifecycle.
Westside Life Cycle
Westside contains no hazardous materials (i.e. no Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Chrome VI, (seating) or CFC or HCFC in the foam, no dangerous materials such as PVC, and no hazardous flame retardants such as halogenated flame retardants. Westside contains 14% recycled materials, by weight. The packaging consists of cardboard, PE foam and LDPE film (Low Density Polyethylene), both containing at least 30% recycled material. The Westside chair weighs only 4.9 kg and is made with only 2 main low energy materials (steel and PP). The use of gas injection in the plastic shell is an innovation. Paper and packaging use water based inks without solvent.
The production site in Sarrebourg has an ISO 14001 certified environmental management system. Westside was designed to be made with minimal waste, energy consumption and environmental impact. Powder-coat painting is VOC-free and free of heavy metals; unused paint that does not attach to the product can be directly reused in the process.
Westside is lightweight and stackable. Minimised packaging weight and volume also help us improve filling rates and thus require less energy for shipping.
Westside was designed for a long product life, with replaceable elements.
End of life
Westside is 97% recyclable by weight. The cardboard, PE foam and LDPE film used for packaging are 100% recyclable. Westside is quick and easy to disassemble using normal hand tools. It contains only a few different materials, making sorting for recycling easy. Plastic parts are clearly labelled for easy sorting and an effective recycling.
Westside Environmental Certifications
With Westside we can provide an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), an environmental declaration according to the objectives of ISO 14025, based on Life Cycle Assessment (ISO 14044). The purpose of an EPD is to communicate clear and transparent information about a product’s impacts on the environment at all stages of its life cycle.
Westside complies with the French environmental certification "NF Environnement" (ISO 14024).
Westside is certified with the Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification, a high level certificate for indoor air quality.