Corporate sustainability extends far beyond product design; it impacts business operations from supply chain management to employee happiness.
North American homes, offices and other buildings contribute an estimated 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere every year — more than one-third the continent’s total greenhouse gas pollution output. Constructing smaller and more energy-efficient buildings has proven to be the most economical way to significantly cut back on greenhouse gas emissions. Thankfully, modern innovations in housing and design have made it possible to live smaller and more efficiently than ever before, without compromising on comfort or quality of life.
Resource Furniture is leading the way in this shift towards more efficient housing, offering products that make living with a smaller footprint not only comfortable, but in fact more desirable. We also realize that corporate sustainability extends far beyond product design; it impacts every business operation from supply chain management to employee happiness and well-being.
Here are five business practices Resource Furniture observes to address sustainability challenges facing us today:
The brilliant design of transforming furniture empowers us to live better in less square footage, inevitably reducing our carbon footprint. But Resource Furniture’s products also integrate non-toxic, renewable or recyclable materials and adhere to stringent manufacturing standards. All of our products are CARB2 compliant; our Clei products in particular are composed of a minimum of 90% recyclable particle board, wood, glass, iron and aluminum.
Poorly constructed furniture fails within just a few short years and ends up in our greatly overburdened landfills. Resource Furniture offers only the highest-quality products designed to last a lifetime. All of our products are built in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities by experienced craftsmen, in accordance with the strictest quality and efficiency standards in the world. We offer lifetime warranties on the mechanisms used in all Clei products—and most every furniture component can be replaced without sacrificing the entire product.
All of our furniture is shipped flat-packed, so while it most of it is transported from Europe only a small cubic dimension is required for shipping.
As part of our mission to lead the way towards flexible housing solutions, Resource Furniture is committed to sponsoring, mentoring and supporting non-profit organizations and educational institutions that address important issues associated with housing and sustainability. We provide ongoing financial, material and in-kind support to the non-profit Citizens Housing & Planning Council, the Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association, as well as the Making Room: Housing for a Changing America exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., to name a few.
Our employees are our most valuable asset, which is why they are paid highly competitive salaries and offered complete benefits packages. And it’s not just our employees who are treated fairly—we ensure that every company in our global supply chain treats their employees with dignity. All our products and product components are manufactured in countries that observe the International Bill of Human Rights. Most of our products are 100% made in Italy where there are especially strict labor laws to protect workers’ economic, social and cultural rights.
These corporate and personal guiding principles remain just as strong today as the day Ron Barth and Steve Spett formed the company nearly twenty years ago, and we remain uniquely focused on these commitments every day.