City Furniture is Green Conscious
At City Furniture, we are proud to be an environmentally conscious company and we have built a culture that embraces the movement for a cleaner planet. Below are some of our environmentally friendly efforts geared towards a better tomorrow:
- Kevin Charles Upholstery has been using cushions made out of soy since 2008.
- We have been recycling all office and showroom paper waste since 1980.
- We are founding members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council.
- We recycle all of our packaging used.
In 2001 we created a recycling center in our Operations Department. We bale all of our cardboard waste and send it to a local paper recycling mill that makes products like gift boxes and shipping boxes. We also process and condense all of our Styrofoam waste and send it to a plant that reprocesses it into plastic materials to make items like picture frames and outdoor furniture.
In April of 2014, we converted 51 trucks to compressed natural gas. As of May 2018, 80 out of the 100 trucks in our fleet have been converted to natural gas. Our goal is to continue this initiative so that all 100 of our trucks follow suit in 2019. We were the first in our industry to make the switch, and the new trucks benefit the environment with less pollution and reduced reliance on imported oil.
Additionally, our Boca Raton City Furniture Showroom, which opened in January 2011, is innovative and proud to be the first green furniture store in Florida! From its rooftop solar tubes for daylight harvesting, to its LED lighting inside and out, the iconic structure, located at at 3350 Airport Road, is South Florida's first full-line furniture store pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The superstore's environmental features are expected to use 42% less water for interior uses and 78% less for landscape irrigation. The high-efficiency management system, heat-reducing features, and strategic use of natural light will conserve energy. Even recycled cherry wood is being used to add to the showrooms alluring décor.
While we have made major strides with these environmentally conscious efforts, we know that finding ways to help preserve our forests is also essential. Thankfully, our Responsible Wood Sourcing Policy sheds light on this issue and serves as a guideline for us as a company moving forward.
City Furniture is committed to the responsible use of forest resources, including the wood used in our furniture. We define wood procured from certified sources, FSC and PEFC as the gold standard. We will work with our suppliers on an ongoing basis to eliminate wood from unacceptable sources and to progressively increase the amount of responsible wood procured over time.
In an effort to decrease reliance on the world’s forests, we make an effort to work with suppliers to reduce wood wastes. We also actively try to integrate reclaimed and recycled wood materials and wood alternatives into our products to reduce our reliance on virgin woods.
We are firmly committed to avoiding wood from unacceptable sources, including:
- Illegally harvested or traded timber
- Timber harvested in violation of traditional or civil rights
- Timber harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by poor forest management