In celebration of Earth Day this coming Monday April 22nd we thought we would take this opportunity to share some of the green initiatives we, as well as our furniture vendors are taking to reduce our carbon footprint, minimize waste, and other practices to keep our planet healthy. Here are a few in no particular order starting with our own.
Oskar Huber Furniture & Design
We at Oskar Huber care deeply about protecting our environment. We align with craftsmen and companies that are members of organizations dedicated to earth-friendly practices. These organizations include the Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and the Sustainable Furnishings Council. As such, our stores can offer you ‘green’ products like soy-based, flame retardant-free cushions; recycled fiber filling for pillows; furniture with recycled metal components and very low VOC finishes. We further reduce our showrooms’ carbon footprint by using energy-saving LED lighting as well as carpeting and countertops made from recycled and renewable materials.
“EFEC (Enhancing Furniture’s Environmental Culture) is a very thorough program that required over a year for us to complete,” said Fairfield President Dick Posey. “During that time, Fairfield reduced its landfill tonnage by 28%, reduced its water use by 14% and reduced its kilowatts of electricity used by 5%. Every person in the company was and is involved in our effort to reduce, reuse and recycle.” Fairfield also focused on employee education, one of the priorities in the EFEC program. And it looked at the components it uses in constructing its products, he said.
“We are focused on building quality, environmentally friendly products,” said Posey. Components are now largely made from recycled content or come from sustainable U.S. forests. In addition, the company uses plywood that meets new California requirements for formaldehyde emissions, and foam that is CertiPUR-US compliant, meaning certain chemicals are not used in its production. “We are proud of what the company and its employees are doing,” said Posey.
Our sustainable manufacturing processes are part of our heritage. Finland maintains very strict environmental standards which we have grown to live by. Roughly 80% of our country is lake and forest and a big emphasis on sustainability exists in our culture. This is not something we do to be on trend but rather it is done simply because it is where we come from and how we do things.
To speak to our sustainability efforts we can look to the beginning of the manufacturing process, the raw material. Whenever a forest is harvested in Finland the trees are replaced for future use. The life cycle of one of our forests is roughly 80 years.
To keep our factory clean, once our design team has perfected our foam core shape, the template is sent to our supplier. This ensures our foam shape is accurate 100% of the time and prevents foam waste from entering the factory.
- Archbold commits to recycling office materials and minimizes in creating unnecessary waste.
- Our dust collection system empties into a trailer provided by a local horse/cow farmer that uses the saw dust for animal bedding.
- Most products are designed/built utilizing common parts which improves efficiencies and cuts down on waste
- Our carton machine produces the right size and count of cartons for our furniture. In the past, we had to purchase premade cartons in lot sizes that in some cases would be 2 or 3 year supply based on the items sell through. Today we produce each carton needed as they items are being built on the assembly line.
We at Sealy proudly bale and recycle scrap foam, plastic and paper. We also recycle wood pallets and send metal racks back to be reused. We have energy efficient LED lights installed throughout the building.
As a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council, a nonprofit organization created to promote sustainable practices in the furniture industry, American Leather® is committed to making our products and manufacturing operations environmentally friendly.
This commitment begins at the very foundation of our custom-made furniture. Each frame is constructed from wood harvested from sustainable forests and is precision-engineered to create as little scrap as possible. The scrap that remains is recycled or reused.
Rowe is committed to eco-friendly manufacturing. We are a Founding Member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council and we believe in responsible manufacturing for our environment and our world. We have incorporated eco-friendly elements into our Rowe and Robin Bruce collections.
We also participate in recycling programs in our offices and on our factory floor. You can be assured that we take our role as a U.S. manufacturer seriously and that we plan to be around to benefit from a cleaner environment.
More than ever, being environmentally conscious and responsible is part of our lives. Manufacturing processes, waste management and use of natural resources affect our work and quality of life.
We recognize that though home furnishings are a necessity, they too have a positive or negative impact on our environment. For this reason, as well as the sheer beauty and quality of Parawood, over 95% of our products are proudly crafted in this extremely dense, plantation grown hardwood.
At Palliser, we’re dedicated to embodying business practices that promote the long-term preservation and enhancement of natural resources. We proudly uses exceptional seating products with foams you can feel good about.
- Made without ozone depleters
- Made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (”Tris”) flame retardants
- Made without mercury, lead, and other heavy metals
- Made without formaldehyde
- Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)
Here’s to a cleaner planet that we all can enjoy!