HFA member City Furniture, Tamarac, Fla. a longtime green leader in the industry, is one of seven companies named Top Scorers in the new nationwide Wood Furniture Scorecard released by the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation.
The Wood Furniture Scorecard’s goal is to encourage furniture retailers to implement robust policies that drive responsible wood sourcing practices through their supply chains. The SFC assessed 57 companies, focusing on the largest furniture retailers in North America.
Top Scorers are Crate & Barrel, IKEA, Williams-Sonoma Group, Target, ABC Carpet & Home and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
“As a regional Florida firm, we’re pleased to be recognized along with these top-scoring national brands,” said City Furniture president Keith Koenig in a press release. “The new scorecard helps empower consumers’ choices, and it’s our latest green milestone as more customers tell us they care about minimizing impact on the environment.”
City Furniture’s international wood sourcing policy guides the firm in seeking wood certified as coming from sustainable forestry sources. City Furniture also works with suppliers to reduce wood waste and to integrate reclaimed and recycled wood materials and wood alternatives into its products.
“We’re increasing our purchases from certified sources, and at the same time we’re firmly committed to avoid wood from unacceptable sources,” said Koenig, “including timber that’s harvested illegally or in violation of people’s traditional or civil rights.”
An industry pioneer in environmentally friendly practices, City Furniture was a founding member of the SFC 2007. Six of the company’s showrooms have achieved Leadership in Environmental Energy & Design (LEED) certification, and its Kevin Charles Upholstery brand uses soy-based cushions. The firm recycles all its shipping materials, including tons of Styrofoam reprocessed each year at its 900,000-square-foot Tamarac distribution center and headquarters campus. City Furniture is also the first furniture retailer to order several all-electric Tesla Semi trucks and has converted 80 of the 100 trucks in its delivery fleet from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas.