BuyGreen: Office & Desk Chairs

Anyone that sits at a desk or in a chair for part or all of their work knows that what you sit in really matters. Not only does it affect how comfortable and productive you are, but poor seating can have some pretty negative long-term health effects, limiting your ability to earn the green.

The chairs you'll find here are designed to help you feel better at work, not only providing relief to your arching back, but relieving some of the pressure your office puts on the environment. Choose from lots of colors and fabrics to fit your budget and style; since they've all been designed with sustainability in mind -- spanning the spectrum from infinitely adjustable to so smart that it adjusts to you -- each one can make a case for being the last task chair you'll ever have to buy. Hit the jump to start sitting pretty.


What: Think Chair by Steelcase
Why: The first product to ever receive Cradle-to-Cradle certification from MBDC is up to 99% recyclable, up to 44% recycled, and GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified.
How much: starting at $669
Nice touch: High wear parts like casters are replaceable, so one broken piece doesn't mean you have buy a whole new chair. Smart.
More: Steelcase and TreeHugger

What: Aeron Chair by Herman Miller
Where: and Design Within Reach
Why: This "Design of the Decade" Gold Winner in office furniture from the Industrial Designers Society of America and Business Week magazine is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified and made of 62 percent recycled materials and is 94 percent recyclable.
How much: starting at $749
Nice touch: The originator of the ergonomic chair revolution is still one of the most enduring and functional designs of the past 20 years; it's a real classic.
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What: Trey Chair
Why: A multifunctional wonder that multifunction chair like no other that serves as a comfortable desk chair, but also a rocker with an extra seat for a friend, foot stool, laptop desk, or side table.
How much: starts at $239
Nice touch: A perfect solution for apartment living, you can even try it out for free for a week to see if this transformer is right for you.
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What: Mirra Chair by Herman Miller
Why: The Gold-level Cradle-to-Cradle certified chair is 96 percent recyclable, and the "Latitude" back upholstery is 100 percent recyclable
How much: starting at $599
Nice touch: Picking up where Aeron left off, Mirra employs "passive adjustability" that lets the chair do the hard work, adjusting to your needs without too many turning knobs or up-and-down levers.
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What: Zody Chair by Haworth
Why: The first task chair to receive Gold Cradle-to-Cradle certification from MBDC is made from up to 50% recycled content, and Zody's assembly energy is offset with Green-e certified wind energy certificates.
How much: starting at $699
Nice touch: Zody is the first chair endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association.
More: Haworth and TreeHugger
Honorable mentions:
- Herman Miller's Celle chair (here in TreeHugger)
- Baltix HAG ergonomic chair (here in TreeHugger)

Click on over to TreeHugger's How to Green Your Work guide for more tips on going green where you earn your green, and stay tuned for more guides for buying green for your office, your home and your life.