This section covers the official Government Buying Standards for sustainable procurement of furniture.

What does sustainability mean for furniture?

From office chairs and desks to seating in dining and communal areas, public sector buyers need to procure a range of furniture. In terms of specifications, however, buyers can find furniture that minimises the use of harmful and hazardous substances in production and surface treatment. This includes substances that do not biodegrade effectively.

Any wood used must follow the government policy on timber – essentially meaning it must be from sustainable forests.

Where possible, good practice in furniture buying looks to maximise the use of recycled and renewable materials.

All central government departments and their related organisations must ensure that they meet at least the mandatory Government Buying Standards when buying goods and services in the product groups covered on this site.

Forthcoming changes in this area

These specifications were published in July 2010 following stakeholder review.

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Page last modified: 10 October, 2013