Room & Board Works Toward a Sustainable Future for Furniture Industry
Room & Board, a Minneapolis-based furniture retailer offering unique home furnishings that combine classic, simple design and exceptional quality, is making strides toward a more ecologically-responsible future for the home furnishings industry. As a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council (SFC), a consortium of furniture manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and non-profits, Room & Board will help set standards to guide sustainable manufacturing and business practices within the industry. While sustainable standards have already been set in myriad other industries ranging from construction to farming, this is the first such effort in home furnishings.
Environmentally conscious initiatives are fundamental to the core objective of Room & Board, which takes pride in socially responsible relationships and traditions throughout the marketplace. Furthermore, Room & Board appreciates another key aspect of sustainability: quality furniture that is timeless in design and built to last for generations, as exemplified by its Linear Series. Popular for more than 20 years and crafted with solid wood and a natural oil-and-wax finish, the Linear series is both durable in the home and ecologically responsible.
â€œRoom & Board strives to apply manufacturing and business principles that are environmentally responsible and ethical and we see the Sustainable Furniture Council as a great opportunity to further such practices throughout our industry and put more players on the same page,â€ said vendor resource manager, Steve Freeman. â€œWe are excited to collaborate with other responsible manufacturers and organizations as they investigate sustainable practices and join us on the council in the hopes of bettering not only the environment but also our respective local economies.â€
Room & Board has long been focused on the â€œsustainable movementâ€ and will continue to set the pace as a member of the councilâ€™s Board of Directors, setting new standards of accreditation and actively encouraging the application of prospective members.
About The Sustainable Furniture Council (SFC)
The SFC is an alliance of companies and individuals committed to the advocacy of sustainable business practices in the home furnishings industry. The alliance is the brainchild of Gerry Cooklin, owner of South Cone, who has long had a passion for the subject as reflected in the work of his furniture company and in numerous speeches and public commentary. The Council most recently met in March 2007 at High Point and now enjoys a membership of greater than 100. More information on the SFC is available at www.sustainablefurniturecouncil.org.
About Room & Board
Room & Board offers exclusive home furnishings that combine timeless design, exceptional quality and the finest natural materials at great value. For more than 25 years, the company has helped customers find furniture and accessories that reflect their personal style and the way they live. Room & Board has stores in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Orange County and San Francisco, and provides personal design assistance online at Shop Room & Board From Home. For more information, visit www.roomandboard.com or call 800.486.6554.
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