Sustainability

Proverbs: simple words, long on experience

At Indiana Furniture, we REDUCED + REUSED + RECYCLED long before it was the thing to do.  We’ve been careful stewards of our resources for more than 100 years, simply because reducing waste made sense – for our business, and, as it turns out, for the people who produce and use our furniture, and for the earth we all share.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Goal:  Reduce waste to the landfill

Reducing the millions of tons of waste that end up in landfills each year is one of the greatest environmental challenges we face.  The surest way to reduce waste is to prevent it in the first place.  So we buy responsibly; we reject unnecessary packaging; and we design, manufacture, and purchase with waste reduction top of mind.

Waste not.  Want not.

Goal:  Find innovative ways to reuse scrap materials

Throwing away what could be put to good use offends our sensibilities.  So we’re always looking for new ways to put our offal to good purpose.  We don’t throw a single scrap away unless we cannot find a way to reuse, repurpose, or recycle it.

If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

Goal:  Make products with longer life cycles

One of the surest ways to reduce our impact on the planet is to make and buy things that last.  And this one’s a natural for us.  Our products are made with craftsmanship and attention to detail that are a part of our century-long legacy in wood manufacturing.  We promote ease of assembly through modularity or component based construction methods for cost-efficiency and parts replacement that can be easily reused, repaired or reconfigured.  Our products are backed by our 12-year warranty, which facilitates maintenance, servicing and reassembly.

What goes around comes around.

Goal:  Reduce our carbon footprint

Reducing the use of fossil fuels is the surest way to slow global climate change.  To that end we’re continually exploring and upgrading to new technologies that reduce our energy consumption – from ovens to lighting to heating and more.  We source our materials locally, we manufacture expeditiously, and when we ship our products out, it’s with intentional efficiency.

Be not toxic.

Goal:  Eliminate hazardous chemicals and waste

We’ve turned the corner on eliminating toxic chemicals from our plants, our processes, and our products.  Our efforts have earned us coveted third-party certification for Indoor Air Quality and great marks from the EPA.

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now.

Goal:  Preserve our Natural Resources

We believe in the value of green spaces – in fields, in forest, wherever it’s found.  That’s why we use wood and veneers from sustainable sources, why we offer FSC® certifed products (FSC-C110951).