Herman Miller: How Green Is My Factory

It was March, 1990, and Bill Foley was starting a ruckus. While taking a routine look at new woods to use, the research manager at office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. realized that Miller's appetite for tropical hardwoods was helping destroy rain forests. He banned the use of two species--rosewood and Honduran mahogany--once Miller's existing supplies were exhausted. Unless top brass reversed his decision, Herman Miller's signature piece, the $2,277 Eames chair, would lose its traditional rosewood finish.

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