Shopping Resource: The Sustainable Furnishings Council

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Jeff Hiller, President of the Sustainable Furnishings Council

If you’re shopping for a new piece of furniture for your home, we have a good resource you should check out. The Sustainable Furnishings Council is a non-profit working to build the market for green furnishings. Its members consist of both independent and national furniture and housewares companies who are making legitimate efforts to minimize their negative impact on the environment and human health. By building a recognizable brand system that stores and retailers can apply to their products, the SFC wants to help consumers feel at ease about their purchase. (Think of it as a USGBC LEED-type rating for furniture.)

The SFC offers extensive training for manufacturers, designers and retailers who want to emit less carbon, reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in their manufacturing processes, and reduce or eliminate product offgassing inside homes. They’re affiliated with WWF, the Rainforest Alliance and USGBC, and the organization currently tops 450 members “from historic Stickley to Savvy Rest organic mattresses and Legare tool-free furniture” (via TreeHugger), and it certifies at silver, gold and platinum levels.

Consumers can go to their website and search for green manufacturers or green retailers in their area.