August 19, 2009 in Uncategorized
Smith & Fong was founded on the principles of environmental protection, sustainability and social justice. In 2007 we began a program to eliminate urea formaldehyde from all our manufacturing processes.
To corroborate and track our progress on eliminating formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals from our products, we have undertaken to have all our products pass the California Section 01350 protocol, testing for 78 known VOC's found in manufactured wood products.
In January of 2008 we secured the first FSC certification for our bamboo forests, providing third-party verification to architects and designers who look to bamboo as a sustainable building material for LEED projects.
A more complex but equally important issue we have begun to tackle is Smith & Fong's carbon footprint, beginning in the bamboo forests of China and extending throughout our North American distribution channel. We're currently undertaking an exhaustive carbon-emission analysis of our manufacturing and transportation systems. As the data becomes available we will post this on our website. The net result of Smith & Fong's carbon study will be the establishment of a program to reduce and ultimately eliminate our carbon footprint.
Key areas we're studying now include:
Carbon output from our manufacturing operations
- Shipping and transportation emissions, from forest to distribution point
- Carbon footprint of office operations in San Francisco
- Carbon Credits and alternative measures that can be taken to offset or reduce carbon output
- Bamboo forests' ability to sequester carbon and produce oxygen