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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT
 

The proof that Best Home Furnishings' environmental commitment is real can be found in the tangible improvements and creative ideas we put into action. Best’s recycling and reuse efforts are directed by a “Green Team” comprised of employees from diverse backgrounds and responsibilities that work together to continue encouraging new ideas. We measure our progress against goals of ever reducing pounds of landfill waste per seat produced. Below are listed a sampling of the many tangible ways Best puts its’ environmental commitment into action.

Recycling and Reuse
Best Recyles

  • Wood Shavings and related by-products are recycled for use in local agricultural processes and for manufacturing energy needs. (Over 530 semi loads were repurposed from 2011-2014)
  • Best’s proprietary blended polyester fiber seating system utilizes over 2 Million pounds per year of recycled polyester fiber blended in scientifically monitored ratio with fiber of complementary properties to create a composite fiber system superior to single fiber systems but with a recycling benefit to boot. (Learn more)
  • Plastic bag roll cores are recycled as furniture frame components and other creative uses around our factories.
  • Waste packaging materials are recycled or given to other Indiana manufacturers for reuse.
  • Scrap and surplus leather are marketed and reused to create smaller consumer products. 
  • Surplus fabric rolls are sold, donated and cut for use in hidden areas of chairs.
  • Metal, foam, polyester padding and cardboard waste are recycled. (Recycled cardboard alone totaled over 550 tons in 2013 & 2014 combined.)
  • Metal components for recliners and chairs are comprised of a variable, but significant, percentage of recycled steel.
  • Fabric scraps and cutting waste have proven one of the largest and most challenging waste streams. The vast majority of fabric cutting waste is donated and recycled into insulation pad and related products.
  • Cardboard waste and trimmings are ground and used for boiler fuel.
  • Deck pad trimmings are baled and recycled.
  • Styrofoam, fiber bale wrappings and protective packaging materials are recycled or reused.
  • Office waste comprised of computer, office, newspaper are donated to a local fundraiser and recycled as building insulation.
  • Used wood skids are recycled for reconstruction, boiler fuel and mulch.
  • Fleet engine oils are recycled.
  • Batteries are recycled through local channels including specialized 2-way radio batteries.
  • Reusable transport totes for metal components have been employed with Best’s suppliers.
  • Some cardboard cartons are reused for the transportation and handling of furniture components.
  • Recycling stations are set up at the company’s lodge and training center and throughout the plants and offices, so that employees and guests can voluntarily recycle other wastes including aluminum, plastic and paper.

Conservation

  • Fire retardant agents have been eliminated from the polyurethane foams of Best products while still complying with all fire safety standards, in the process removing a potential cause of health concerns.
  • Best has worked with our suppliers to avoid use of chemical compounds with potential health concerns and comply with the standards of the State of California’s Proposition 65.
  • Best has become a participant in the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's "Voluntary Idle-Reduction Program" or VIP. The program involves installation of idle reduction equipment and implementation of policies and communication to reduce idling throughout Best's business. Learn more at IDEM certification announcement.
  • Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) installed in conjunction with IDEM’s VIP have contributed to reduced idle time in Best’s over the road truck fleet from as high as 48% to an average of 6% saving fuel and slashing wasteful emissions.
  • Best complied 16 months before required with the CARB ATCM 93120 Phases 1 & 2 (California Air Resources Board/Airborne Toxic Control Measure) which places restrictions on the formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products.
  • Best has established institutional controls to assure compliance with the Lacey Act which was expanded in scope in 2008 to address wood products and conservation of protected species and forests globally.
  • Glues used to adhere foam and padding to furniture frames are water-based and have been Green Guard Certified. http://www.simalfa.com/Company/GreenPolicy.htm
  • Electronic manufacturing processes have been implemented that dramatically reduce paper use and waste. Electronic document imaging in office use has significantly reduced paper consumption.
  • The company utilizes a variety of conservation techniques and best practices to reduce utility consumption including installation of energy saving lighting fixtures that resulted in retirement of 585 metal halide fixtures that saved 169,411 kwatts annually.
  • Engineered wood products are selected that are comprised of renewable sources.
  • Suppliers for conventional lumber employ modern conservation practices to minimize environmental impact and enhance reforestation processes.
  • Logistics networks are designed to minimize the distance product and components travel to reach end consumers
  • Employees participate in the State of Indiana’s ‘Adopt a Highway’ program for litter reduction.
  • Emissions have been reduced in our woodworking facility to a level lowering permitting requirements to a MSOP (Minor Source Operating Permit).
  • Foam suppliers have replaced up to 10% of foam’s petrochemical-derived polyol with a bio-based polyol made from soy beans. (Source: Hickory Springs, Inc.)  
  • Tricycles are widely used in our factories in place of powered vehicles. (aka Pedal Power!) 
 
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