Update: This standard has now been superseded, please see new equivalent standard.
The Furniture, Fittings and Foam Level A – (FFFv2.1i-2010) standard seeks to define good environmental performance benchmarks for home and office furniture and fittings throughout their entire lifecycle.
The scope of the standard includes foam, chairs, desks and workstations, sofa/couches/recliners, stools, coffee tables, desks, office desks, and variations thereof including fittings. Home/office furniture and fitting products form a significant proportion of items manufactured for use within residential, commercial and government environments and form a major manufacturing sector in Australia.
Home/office furniture and fitting products pose a significant environmental burden during their manufacture, use and disposal. These environmental aspects include but are not limited to the raw materials used for their manufacture, coatings (paints, lacquers, and varnishes), textiles, adhesives, joinery, hazardous treatments, energy and water use during production and their disposal.
Developments in timber, alloy and metal (steel, aluminium), and plastic recycling have encouraged innovation in furniture and fitting design and manufacture, encouraging products that readily incorporate recycled materials, and products with constituents that can be recycled into new products at end of life.
These products often equal or surpass traditional products in all aspects of strength, durability and function. However significant gains can still be made in reducing environmental impacts across the entire life cycle of furniture and fittings. This standard refers to the manufacture of the products and their constituent materials, the period of actual use and disposal.
This standard also specifies requirements for the finishing restrictions of certain treatment or coatings that would restrict further recycling and the provision of plastic type information to allow for further post-consumer recycling.
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