environment

preserving our planet for future generations

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Innovative from the Inside Out

Many of the environmental initiatives that we adopt as a company begin in our North American workshops, where they’re spearheaded by people who are experts on finding better and more eco-friendly ways of working.

FROM FOREST…

Since 1950, Appalachian forests have added 65% more hardwood trees thanks to sound forestry management techniques. Within these forests, we source much of the hardwood—principally oak, cherry, and maple—used in our North American workshops.

We are Verified Sustainable and Legal by Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc. (AHMI), which means that our suppliers meet strict environmental and forest management standards. For each tree that our suppliers harvest, approximately 2.4 trees are planted to replace it.

stacks of wood

…TO FINISH…

We use finishes that are low in volatile organic compounds (low-VOC) and in hazardous air pollutants (low-HAP), including many water-based finishes on our upholstered furniture. Air stays cleaner, from our workshops all the way to your home.

woman spray painting bed

…AND IN BETWEEN

In our upholstery workshops, we begin each piece with a frame crafted from engineered hardwood, much of which we source from sustainable forests.

Around each frame, our artisans wrap low-VOC, CertiPUR-US® certified foam—no harmful ozone depleters, carcinogenic flame retardants, or formaldehyde, just a foundation for years of comfort and coziness.

foam inside a sofa

Cleaning Up in the Fight Against Pollution

 

An old railroad site adjacent to our Beecher Falls, Vermont, workshop was home to an old railroad turntable and an array of buildings, all constructed in the 1830s.

The property was also contaminated with asbestos, lead paint, and a 15,000-gallon above-ground diesel tank that posed an environmental risk to our workshop and to nearby Halls Stream, which flows into the Connecticut River.

In addition to reclaiming the land for our facility, we wanted to protect our associates, many of whom live within 30 to 40 feet of the railroad.

remnants of old building

Starting in 2011, we took action to give this unusable piece of land new life. Here's what we did:

  • Eliminated the risk of fuel seeping into the groundwater by cleaning up the diesel tank and its surrounding pad
  • Disposed of asbestos from abandoned buildings
  • Classified and cleaned up lead-based paint
  • Removed garbage and construction debris, then backfilled with clean earth
  • Donated the old railroad turntable to a community museum.
person cleaning up river

This project is just one example of how we transform environmental risk into community reward. For a deeper look at what we've achieved so far and where we're headed next, download our latest report.