Determining (and reducing) Smith & Fong’s carbon footprint

July 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

Smith & Fong is currently undergoing a comprehensive analysis of the company’s carbon footprint – from the bamboo forest to the North American distribution channel – and that information will be used to design and implement an effort to reduce (and hopefully eliminate or neutralize) its carbon emissions. When the data is fully compiled, Smith & Fong will make this information available via the web and begin the journey toward carbon-neutrality.
In a more immediate way, the company has revamped the commute to work for its employees. Currently, just over 20 percent of Smith & Fong’s downtown San Francisco employees either take mass transit, walk or carpool to work. The company estimates that number to increase to roughly 60 percent by the end of July 2009.

New Plyboo FSC-certified veneer products

July 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

Wall veneer Smith & Fong is pleased to announce that, going forward, all of the company’s 0.6mm 4’x8’ Plyboo flat-grain and edge-grain bamboo veneers will be FSC-certified. In addition, Smith & Fong will soon be offering 0.6mm FSC edge-grain veneers in 4×10’ sheets.

Sideways FSC-certified, engineered hardwood flooring

July 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

Since the company’s inception in 1989, Smith & Fong’s name has been closely associated with bamboo products. Plyboo® was the first branded bamboo flooring introduced to the North American market, in 1993. The company followed with Plyboo plywood in 1996. In an exotic twist, Smith & Fong developed and commercialized Durapalm® coconut-palm plywood and flooring in 2001.

SidewaysSereneCherry From a manufacturer primarily known for innovation and modern, sustainable design, the addition of an age-old product category like hardwood flooring to its range would seem unlikely. But Sideways, Smith & Fong’s new engineered hardwood flooring line, fits beautifully alongside Plyboo and Durapalm in the company’s stable of green, design-rich products. Sideways is FSC-certified and urea formaldehyde-free, contributing to both LEED MRc7 and IEQc4.3, and its striking “sideways” grain pattern makes it ideal for many modern design environments, both commercial and residential.