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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT
 
The proof of Best Home Furnishings' environmental commitment can be found in the tangible improvements and creative ideas we put into action. Below you will find listed examples of Best's commitment at work.

Recycling and Reuse
  • Best RecylesWood Shavings and related by-products are recycled for use in local agricultural processes and for manufacturing energy needs. (Over 130 semi loads were recycled in 2011)
  • 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)
  • Fabric and 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 fabric and leather are reused to create smaller consumer products. Fabric scraps are reused as packaging materials.
  • 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 234 tons in 2011)
  • 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. Best recycles and reuses this waste stream in a number of innovative ways including as filling for archery targets and pet bedding products.
  • Cardboard off-fall and cardboard from fabric rolls are ground and used for boiler fuel.
  • All deck pad off-fall is baled and recycled.
  • Styrofoam, fiber bale wrappings and protective packaging materials are recycled or reused.
  • Office waste comprised of computer, office, newspaper and magazines are recycled. (In 2011 27 tons were kept out of the landfill which conserved 450 trees; 10,580 gallons of oil and 105,800 gallons of water. – Source stats from Veolia.)
  • 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.
  • Employees voluntarily recycle other wastes including aluminum and plastic.

Conservation

  • 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.
  • 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 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 including retirement of 585 metal halide fixtures that saved 169,411 kwatts annually.
  • Overall electricity consumption was reduced 6.2% in 2011 versus 2010 despite a 5% increase in factory hours of operation.
  • 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
  • Engine idling of tractor trailers has been reduced by investment in Auxiliary Power Units (APU). Reduction of idle time has reduced from 48% to 6%.
  • Employees participate in the State of Indiana’s ‘Adopt a Highway’ program for litter reduction.
  • Tricycles are widely used in our factories in place of powered vehicles. (aka Pedal Power!)
  • 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 20% of foam’s petrochemical-derived polyol with a bio-based polyol made from soy beans. (Source: Hickory Springs, Inc.)

 
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