Since our inception in 1989, we’ve been devoted leaders of environmental sustainability. Just weeks after starting our company, Mitchell read a New York Times article that identified North Carolina’s furniture industry as one of the environment’s biggest abusers. He and Bob immediately set out to find healthier alternatives, including becoming the first to test foam that is water-based, instead of petroleum-based and harmful to the ozone.
Today, our eco strategy is designed around product, processes and people, and infused into our workplace and factory. We’re also a certified member and active partner of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. In fact, Mitchell Gold, our co-founder and chair-man, is on the Board.
All our upholstery cushions and padding are free of fire-retardant chemicals. And our back pillows are partially composed of recycled fibers that were once plastic bottles. Wrapped in 80% regenerated fibers, our cushions contain ozone-friendly foam and padding composed of up to 10% soy (an all-natural, renewable resource).
Our wood frames are sourced from local domestic suppliers, compliant with U.S. Forest Service requirements for harvest and reforestation. Frames are precision-cut by computer, which provides the highest yield from each tree cut. Many components for our upholstery frames are earth-friendly, including water-based biodegradable glue with springs and mechanisms made from 65% recycled metal.
Fabrics & Finishes
We offer eco-friendly fabrics derived from natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, and mohair. We’ve partnered with our supplier to develop finishes that reduced our VOC emissions by 38.6%.
Recycle & Upcycle
Even our packaging material is environmentally responsible. To accompany our eco-friendly cartons, we updated the liner that wraps each upholstered piece to one that is made with earth-friendly material and recycles easily. We have an extensive recycling initiative for paper, plastic and aluminum that furthers the product life cycle, while reducing our carbon footprint. We upcycle our fabric and leather scraps by selling them to manufacturers that make them into a variety of products. By doing so, we reduce our landfill waste by 200+ tons annually.
We integrated intelligent software into our factory that observes our energy consumption to increase our overall energy efficiency, while reducing waste and expense. This includes utilizing energy-efficient lighting, which is software-monitored for maximum efficiency. We also invest in innovative technology and machinery to reduce material and paper waste, while increasing efficiencies throughout the manufacturing process.