New Report from The Sustainability Consortium Shows the Importance of Supply Chain Transparency

New Report from The Sustainability Consortium Shows the Importance of Supply Chain Transparency

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) released its 2019 Impact Report earlier this month, “Reaching Sustainability Through Transparency.” The report showcases year-over-year trends in sustainability reporting, and is part of TSC’s mission to translate the “best sustainability science into business tools…to create more sustainable consumer products…to drive environmental and social sustainability impact.” (source) The key area of sustainability focused on in this report is product supply chain transparency. “Transparency can demystify complex supply chains, and help different actors identify and minimize risks and improve conditions on the ground and inform whether and where progress is being made.” Toby Gardner and others, World Development Journal TSC’s latest report shows that product manufacturers which track their supply chain sources and processes have better insights into their own global operations and, through those insights, have more opportunity for making sustainable and environmentally responsible choices for their product and how it is made. The 2019 report shows a 30% increase in transparency from the previous year.  “Companies are increasingly taking action by setting science-based targets and committing to make products more sustainable.” Elizabeth Sturcken, Managing Director, EDF+Business, EDF At Greenington, we strive to have full insight into every aspect of our furniture from soil to store. Carefully analyzing the sustainability of the many pieces and processes that go into our furniture is not just a point of pride, it’s a passion. One that we stand by every day. Read the full report from TSC and learn more about how transparency in supply chains is making the sustainability...
Why Join the Sustainable Furnishings Council

Why Join the Sustainable Furnishings Council

At Greenington, our commitment to creating high quality, sustainable furniture isn’t just about the bottom dollar – it’s a commitment to a global movement to live more responsibly in every way. There are thousands of companies committed to this same ideal and one organization that is leading the way in the furniture industry, to raise standards and hold manufacturers accountable, is the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC). About the SFC Founded in October 2006, the SFC is a coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers dedicated to raising awareness and expanding the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices across the home furnishings industry. “There is overwhelming scientific consensus that our world is experiencing dangerous global climate change, and equally overwhelming evidence that environmental pollutants are harming our health. It is urgent that we take immediate steps to minimize carbon emissions, reduce other pollutants, and remove unsustainable materials and harmful chemical inputs from all furnishings product platforms. SFC supports members of the industry in taking those steps.” Sustainable Furnishings Council The SFC’s mission is to help companies reduce their environmental footprints as they grow, and to help consumers find healthy furnishings.  To do so, they provide the education, promotion, and networking opportunities to raise consumer interest in environmentally safe furnishings. Why Join Being a member of SFC means that your company is part of supporting “the triple bottom line of PEOPLE – PLANET – PROFITS.” SFC Members lead the industry in best practices throughout their supply chains and are committed to continuous work toward a healthy future, inside and out. To become a member, companies complete a Best Practices Agreement that verifies how the...
Protecting Pandas: Facts About Their Habitat and Moso Bamboo

Protecting Pandas: Facts About Their Habitat and Moso Bamboo

We often get asked about whether our bamboo furniture is part of the decline in panda habitat, declining food sources, and their endangerment. Proudly, we can say, “No, it is not.” Here’s why: Fact 1: Not All Types of Bamboo are Eaten by Pandas When most of us think of pandas, the image of one happily eating bamboo comes to mind. Bamboo is the main food source for Giant Pandas. Bamboo is “99 percent of their food—one reason they are relatively low-energy animals. To derive enough nutrients, pandas eat 20 to 40 pounds of plant material a day.” [source: National Geographic] There are many different types of bamboo, however, and not all of it is eaten by pandas. “Pandas like eating arrow bamboo, black bamboo, and ‘water bamboo’, along with about 20 other species.”  Greenington’s products are made of Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens), which is not one of the types of bamboo that pandas eat and live in.   Fact 2: Location Matters While they used to live “throughout southern and eastern China, as well as neighboring Myanmar and northern Vietnam… most of the remaining wild pandas now live in the Minshan and Qinling mountains” in South Central China. Moso bamboo – the only kind we use in our products – grows in the lower elevations, far from panda mountain habitat. Pandas neither eat it nor use it for making their homes.   Fact 3: Certified Safe While we are grateful to know pandas were deemed no longer endangered in 2016, they are far from in the clear as a species; industrialization and hunting/poaching continue to threaten their survival. As...
The Environmental Benefits of Bamboo Furniture

The Environmental Benefits of Bamboo Furniture

For most of history, furniture has been made from a variety of hardwoods that come from trees and forests around the world. While formerly in abundance, as time has shown, the energy it takes to grow and maintain hardwood forests is a major factor in the increasing negative impact humans are having on our planet’s climate. As scientists look at how to reverse this impact, the need to restore the balance of the plant/CO2/oxygen relationship in our atmosphere has become a central focus for many.  In recent decades, people around the world have been looking for better alternatives to wood to have more sustainable and responsible choices in the furniture they buy and live with. A closer look at bamboo has revealed it to be one of civilization’s best options for reducing carbon emissions worldwide. “‘This is a truly remarkable plant,’ said Director General of INBAR Dr. Hans Friederich, encouraging the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to explicitly recognize bamboo as a strategic resource in combating climate change…” (source) With over 20 years in creating high-quality bamboo products, Greenington’s founder, Yang Lin, knew the benefits and potential uses of bamboo were exactly what the furniture market was looking for in sustainable living.  Why Bamboo? The short answer: it’s a grass, not a tree. This means it grows faster and with more benefits to the environment than any hardwood around the world: As a species, bamboo is fast growing; returning to full maturity in less than 5 years. As a plant, bamboo requires minimal water to grow and no additional chemicals to cultivate. As a part of...
Eco-Friendly Furniture Companies: How Does Greenington Measure Up?

Eco-Friendly Furniture Companies: How Does Greenington Measure Up?

As people become more aware of the environmental impact of their everyday choices, it is becoming more important to purchase home furniture that not only reflects their personal style, but is also part of caring for the planet. Most people want to live in beautiful homes that don’t harm the beauty of the world around us.  With this growing awareness, there are more considerations for home furniture shoppers to consider beyond style, quality, color, size, and the myriad other factors as they look for that perfect item for their home. Where to begin? When looking for eco-friendly furniture, buyers should consider the following factors: Source Materials: how low is the impact of the materials used. Are they renewable, recyclable, nontoxic? Method of Production: how much pollution does the processing of the source materials create? What is the carbon footprint of the manufacturing? Ethical Work Practices: how does the company treat its workers? Are working conditions humane and free of child labor? Are workers paid fair wages? Transportation of Item: how far does the product have to travel to reach its end destination? What methods are used to get it there? Life of the Item: is it built to last? The more durable, the less it will need to be replaced. Once at the end of its life, are the materials reusable, recyclable, and/or biodegradable? Certifications: have the company and its products been reviewed and certified as sustainable by independent, third-party organizations? So how does Greenington measure up to these standards as a company? Being headquartered in the eco-conscious Pacific Northwest, our company ethic is centered on caring for and...

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