What started as a series of informal meetings among eco-friends in the furniture business has become the Sustainable Furnishings Council we know today. Among its notable founding members were manufacturers Harden Furniture and Gat Creek, Room & Board and ABC Carpet & Home founding retailers, and Home Furnishings Business and Furniture Today major media companies. The group also included ranking staff of World Wildlife Fund, Rainforest Alliance and one of the two co-founders of the US Green Building Council giving the SFC instant credibility. The first order of business was drafting standards for approval by public consensus to define what it meant to be green in home furnishings. Once in place, the SFC turned its attention to raising awareness, sharing best practices and delivering education which continue as the main priorities today.
The SFC is particularly proud that throughout a very challenging period for the industry over the past several years, the organization has continued to thrive. Membership currently approaches 400, an all-time high, and over 600 participants have graduated from the SFC-sponsored GREENleaders Certified Sustainability Training program, the only significant certified education focused on green home furnishings. They have engaged celebrity designers including Thom Filicia, Alexander Julian, Kathy Ireland and Angelo Surmelis in a consumer print campaign that appears monthly in a variety publications such as Dwell and Luxe. They continue to attract high profile new members such as Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, with Mitchell Gold himself graciously agreeing to join their Board of Directors.
The SFC recently issued new Exemplary Standards for Retailers, bringing worthy recognition to numerous companies doing truly exceptional things in the area of sustainability. And they help connect buyers and sellers of sustainable goods at markets by distributing thousands of maps of SFC members showing at High Point and periodically staging attention-grabbing events.
For those interested in learning more about the SFC, please join them with their customary market party partners, great friends and supporters, The Phillips Collection on Saturday, October 22nd, 4 to 7pm (IHFC C202 -- Phillips Showroom.) SFC has information points at High Point Market in Showplace (1315), the C&D Building (5th Floor), Suites at Market Square (M-8049), and IHFC (M-313.)
For more information visit: www.sustainablefurnishings.org.
Sustainable Furnishing Council: SFC is a non-profit balanced coalition of industry players founded to promote sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike. The SFC recognizes the scientific consensus that our world is experiencing dangerous global climate change and acknowledges the tremendous urgency needed to minimize carbon emissions, waste stream pollutants, un-recyclable content and primary materials from unsustainable sources from any product platform under their control.