Sustainability Mission - Local
We have made dozens of improvements at our headquarters in High Point, NC, from replacing antiquated lighting, electrical, water, hvac and other power-hungry systems with state-of-the-art equipment, to how we recycle our shipping materials, to how we care for the products to ensure we minimize waste. Some of the most notable projects include:
ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHTING: We replaced over 2000 fluorescent bulbs in our 166,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center. This was engineered and accomplished by Glenn Flaherty of ERD Industrial Electronic Repair, and true green leader in the community. On June 1st, 2017, we hosted a “WASTE NOT WATT NOT” event where we destroyed thousands of our old fluorescent bulbs using a custom rig provided by Air Cycle Corporation.
ADOPT A STREET: On June 1st, 2017 we officially adopted Finch Avenue in High Point, NC as part of the City-wide cleanup program. We are now responsible for the care and maintenance of the street which we are headquartered on, and we kicked off the campaign with a major event that was picked up by all the local news channels. We had Rebecca Coplin, the High Point Beautification Supervisor, and Greg Demko, the City Manager, come out and help kick things off. We couldn’t be more excited about the enthusiasm our nearly 50 employees showed for the event and look forward to inspiring others around the community to get involved. We are the first furniture company in the City of High Point to join the Adopt a Street program and hope others will soon join in.
RECYCLING PROGRAM: We work with Waste Management to coordinate daily pickup of our used cardboard. The program is a win-win. They get to repurpose our cardboard and we get paid for them picking it up.
BUBBLE WRAP: Even the way we use bubble wrap considers the environment. We work with Atlantic Packaging to receive compact reams of unfilled bubble wrap. Think of it like plastic wrap on a roll. We have a special machine that creates bubble wrap on site, on demand. Previously we worked with giant reams of already air-filled bubble wrap which was inefficient to ship to us, requiring more trucks to transport the wrap, and took up a lot of space in our warehouse.
FINISHING DEPARTMENT: We sell furniture of all shapes and sizes, including our award-winning, eco-friendly Origins Collection of large, live-edge slabs and root consoles. These tables require deluxe finishes and we work with water-based stains and low VOC sealers and topcoats to ensure minimal environmental impact. Even our spray equipment is considered for maximum yield of surface coverage, resulting in dramatic reduction of the material required to finish each piece.
SYSTEMS EFFICIENCY: We work hard to minimize waste in every way possible. That means looking at how we pack, how product moves throughout the facility, and even how we store and maintain our inventory. We consider it a big inefficiency when products get damaged by mishandling, or when the moisture content of incoming containers from the factory are too high. We have built special dehumidifying rooms in our warehouse in order to quickly bring down moisture contents to ensure our products are efficiently received. Even the loading dock we added to the 2nd floor has allowed us to maximum use of the warehouse and store larger pieces on the upper floors.