Sustainable Furniture Council plans to revise standards

Orignally Posted on Heath E. Combs — Furniture Today, 7/29/2008


LAS VEGAS — The Sustainable Furniture Council plans to issue a revised set of standards this year and will focus on green product education efforts, officials with the organization said at its general meeting here Monday.

The SFC also is updating its Web site with a searchable database for green companies, said Executive Director Susan Inglis. The move is in response to the mass of inquiries it receives asking who makes green products.

As of this month, the SFC has 261 members. The organization, which rates product eco-friendliness, has certified five members to Silver Exemplary status and five others are seeking certification.

Education will continue as a focus this year, Inglis said.

At the general meeting, SFC member Holly Barbo of retailer Barbo Furniture in Bellingham, Wash., showed a video the company released titled, “It Can Be Easy Being Green,” which discusses furniture manufacturing.

The SFC is working on an educational package that stores can use to teach consumers, said Michael Hennessey, an SFC education committee member and CEO of Salt Lake City retailer C.G. Sparks. There is gap is between consumers’ enthusiasm about green and their understanding of basics such as what is renewable and what is recyclable, he said.

“I think there’s a commonality to the questions. People don’t know their foams are made of oil. They understand the concept but the not the finer points,” Hennessey said.

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