Humanscale is the first company to ever obtain full Living Product Challenge Certification offered by the International Living Future Institute, which they achieved for not only one, but two products. Their Diffrient Smart chair and Float table both received the prestigious certification and can now be described as “Living Products.” These products are about as sustainable as it gets.
The Diffrient Smart and Float had to fit 20 imperatives, and the International Living Future Institute visited Humanscale’s manufacturing facilities to assess their sustainability. Every process to create the products had to be powered by solely renewable energy and “within the water balance of the places they are made.” The International Living Future Institute also looked for products informed by design approaches like biophilia and biomimicry.
The Diffrient Smart chair has a curved, mesh back and is designed to adjust to each sitter’s unique weight. The Float table allows users to move between sitting and standing as they work at the desk.
Humanscale CEO Robert King said his company’s goal is to “have a net positive impact on the earth.” Not only does the company design sustainable, ergonomic products, they’ve partnered with the World Wildlife Fund to support conservation and are part of the U.N. Global Compact. Humanscale works to continue improving their processes through composting and updates like a rainwater capture system.
Living Product Challenge Director James Connelly said, “Humanscale has really taken the Living Product Challenge to heart. They are challenging our current manufacturing paradigm and fundamentally transforming their products and processes to be as beautiful and efficient as anything found in the natural world. We haven’t always known if creating truly net positive products is possible. Humanscale is taking their role as an innovator in human and life-centric design to the next level and proving that if you set your aspirations high enough, you can achieve incredible things.”
While other companies received partial certifications, Humanscale is the only one to achieve full certification.
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