Free Products from the Virtual Warehouse for City Departments

Average: 4.7 (3 votes)

When to Use

Get or give surplus items.


Consumer, Industrial

Criteria for Free Products from the Virtual Warehouse for City Departments

Info on this product category: Furniture: Non-upholstered

Why Go Green

For furniture listed above as "greenest," manufacturers self-reported that their products can be made with:

- None of these five "hazardous handful" toxic chemicals:

  1. Antimicrobial chemicals because they can make bacteria resistant to antibiotics and disrupt our hormones.  

  2. Flame retardant chemicals because they do little, if anything, to slow or prevent fire. They migrate out of products and escape into our air, dust and our bodies. And they’re associated with cancer, lower intelligence quotient (IQ), and reproductive harm.

  3. Formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Formaldehyde is known to cause cancer, yet it is in adhesives found in wood furniture. 

  4. Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) because they are associated with cancer, high cholesterol and obesity.  They have been found to migrate out of products and get into our air, dust, water and bodies.

  5. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) because it usually has phthalates (some of which disrupt our hormones and probably causes cancer), and sometimes it has lead (which can cause reproductive problems and nerve disorders), and when PVC is made or disposed, it releases cancer-causing dioxins.

- No hexavalent and trivalent chromium or heavy metals.

- Textiles that do not have the five "hazardous handful" toxic chemicals above, or are certified by GOTS, Oeko-Tex 100, STeP, or Cradle to Cradle.

See the "Criteria" section below for how "greener" and "green" furniture at the top section of this page meet some of the health and environmental criteria above.

Criteria for Furniture: Non-upholstered

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Last updated: 
January 15, 2021

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Virutal Warehouse Benefits

Average: 4 (1 vote)

The Virutal Warehouseis a great resource for both buyers and sellers. It is our policy to encourage SFRPD staff to utilize it before disposing of items and before purchasing new items.

March 31, 2014

Good for reusing items and saving money

Average: 5 (1 vote)

We have used the Virtual Warehouse both to obtain things the department needed as well as to dispose of electronics and furniture that were no longer needed. We have been pleased with many filing cabinets and tables from virtual warehouse, and have been happy to have other department's pick up items they could reuse.

March 31, 2014

Various free products in Virtual Warehouse for City Depts.

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Planning uses the free products in Virtual Warehouse all the time, we also send PCs, Monitors, Mice, Printers, toners, and Credenser to the virtual Warehouse.
For big item is hard because you need to wait and there should be better way to get ride of chairs and furnitures

March 31, 2014