Ethan Allen's manufacturing division awarded two key environmental registrations for sustainable practices in its domestic factories: American Home Furnishing Alliance's Sustainable by Design and Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture
November 25, 2013
– Ethan Allen's manufacturing division has been awarded Sustainable by Design (SBD) registration from the American Home Furnishing Alliance (AHFA). The company has also expanded its Enhancing Furniture’s Environmental Culture (EFEC) registration to all of its corporate distribution and home delivery service centers.
“We are passionately committed to the idea that good business and environmental responsibility go hand in hand.”
“Green isn’t a buzzword here, it’s our business model,” says Ethan Allen CEO Farooq Kathwari. “We are passionately committed to the idea that good business and environmental responsibility go hand in hand.”
To enter the SBD program, Ethan Allen had to first implement the EFEC environmental management system at all of its domestic manufacturing facilities. EFEC was created by the AHFA to help home furnishings manufacturers improve their management of resources and raw materials. The goal of the program is to reduce energy and water consumption as well as waste overall and its associated costs.
Ethan Allen completed EFEC registration at five manufacturing plants and one sawmill in August 2012. Last month, the company was granted SBD registration for those manufacturing facilities. The SBD program extends EFEC’s culture of environmental stewardship throughout a company’s global supply chain.
To earn SBD registration, Ethan Allen established environmentally sound practices and management systems. As a result, the company reduced its carbon footprint by 32%; electrical use by 21%; greenhouse gases by 26%; and landfill waste by 54%. The company also increased its recycling by 21%.
Paul Kaminski, Ethan Allen’s Corporate Director of Environment, Health and Safety, notes the company’s SBD registration is the result of efforts made over the past decade, including a reduction of air pollutants by 95% that was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency.
As of October, the company has also initiated EFEC registration for its domestic service and warehouse/distribution centers, with plans to extend the program to its nearly 150 company-owned retail locations soon.
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE:ETH) is a leading interior design company and manufacturer and retailer of quality home furnishings. The company offers free interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of furniture products and decorative accessories through ethanallen.com and a network of approximately 300 Design Centers in the United States and abroad. Ethan Allen owns and operates eight manufacturing facilities, including five manufacturing plants and one sawmill in the United States plus two plants in Mexico and Honduras. Approximately seventy percent of its products are made in its North American plants. For more information on Ethan Allen's products and services, visit ethanallen.com.
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