Less-toxic furniture, City approved suppliers, specs, citywide term contracts


We are happy to announce a new set of resources enabling you to purchase the greenest, safest furniture products available. The San Francisco Department of the Environment has developed these furniture specifications over the past two years, in consultation with City departments and our nonprofit partners. Concerned about off-gassing, formaldehyde, flame retardants, or fluorinated chemicals? Now you have solutions that will help you create a healthy indoor environment! Please forward this email to any City staff involved in purchasing furniture.

Our updated SFApproved page on less-toxic furniture has all the information. It lists:

  • Product names (we've done the work for you)
  • City approved vendors
  • Criteria/specifications anyone can paste into contracts
  • Citywide term contracts so you can see discounted prices (click links that say “Special Purchasing Instructions”)

To make accessing this information easier, we are providing some direct links here:


  • Seating (Benches, Chairs, Couches, Theater): List of products (including special instructions on fabric, wood and finishes)
  • Systems Furniture (Workspaces - Cubicles, Storage, Desks, Tables). Check the links for various Knoll product lines.