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French Heritage

730 Taylor Avenue
High Point North Carolina
United States
French Heritage
The French Heritage Paris Loft Collection is an eco-friendly, transitionally contemporary collection that uses certified, solid reclaimed Teak lumber taken from old dwellings on the Indonesian island of Java. The clean lines and hand rubbed finishes of Paris Loft highlight the beautiful wood grain of the reclaimed Teak making each piece unique. The elegance of this collection is found in the simplicity of its' style. Five natural water-based finishes available.

Best Practice Achievements

Sustainable Materials
We make a conscious effort to manage our materials selection, seeking materials we are confident are sustainable, such as legally harvested forest products, responsibly produced plantation products, and recycled content:
Recycling and Reclamation
We factor disassembly, recyclability and product reclamation into buying decisions. We offer a product reclamation/product reuse policy:
Return and Reuse
We use recycled or recyclable packing/packaging materials, offer blanket-wrap transportation arrangements for customers and have a carton return/reuse policy:
Chain of Custody
We ask for verifiable chain of custody documents (i.e. legal logging certifications) before buying products containing wood:
Decrease use of Toxic Chemicals
We have decreased our use/acceptance of known toxic chemicals for treatments, binders and finishes, replacing compounds that compromise indoor air quality and are harmful to human health:
Low Environmental Impact Textiles
We are asking our vendors for textiles that have a lower environmental impact, i.e. organic cotton in place of conventionally-grown cotton, as well as seeking other eco-friendly textiles:
Life Cycle Analysis
We are moving forward on doing a Life Cycle Analysis and/or are applying for SMaRT certification:
Local Sourcing
We extract, manufacture and distribute for consumer use within a 500 mile radius for at least a portion of our product line:
Third Party Certifications
We hold third party certifications for some of our products, or as a store, we promote and educate the consumer on the meaning of various third party certifications:
Sharing the Wealth
We take responsibility for sharing our commitment to sustainability up and down our entire supply chain, rewarding our vendors with increased business for partnering with us on sustainability issues:
Social Responsibility Code
We have a written Social Responsibility Code of Contact that is a baseline for employee relations:
Supplier Responsibility
We have written and distributed a Supplier Responsibility Code of Conduct for our vendors and conduct training at our partner facilities on the adoption of same:
Health and Safety Code Compliance
We and our partners meet or exceed all local health and safety codes and can document our health and safety working conditions in all our facilities/stores:
We Pay Living Wages
We pay a living wage rather than minimum wage and extend that around the globe:
We Sponsor Sustainability Events
We have participated in or sponsored in-store, community and/or regional educational events on sustainability and the environment:
We Inspect
We investigate and mitigate any negative environmental impacts from our operations:
Save Paper and Other Office Resources
We save paper and other office resources with a policy expressing an aversion to excess written documentation:
We Use Energy Specialists
We have had an energy specialist or utility company audit to measure our conventional energy usage and are on track to reduce it. We are replacing a portion of the energy we consume with certified renewable energy, either directly, via a program of our local utility, or via Green e-Power:
Updated Inefficient Equipment
We have replaced outdated and inefficient equipment, identified and changed wasteful resource procedures and implemented tighter operational controls:
Energy Efficient Lighting
We have increased the use of day lighting and/or are upgrading to more energy efficient lighting system:
Verified Sustainability Claims
We make only verifiable sustainability claims in adherence with FTC mandates against greenwash and in support of their Environmental Marketing Guides:
Committed to Training
We are committed to conducting training in-house and in the broader community about global climate change and our partnership with the SFC:
In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On reducing energy consumption:

2012: In our Showroom we have replaced in excess of 25% of our halogen spots with fluorescent fixtures and we are in the process of converting all our lighting to energy efficient fixtures. We have instituted a policy in our Showroom not to turn on any lighting fixtures other than the fluorescent fixtures between the April and October Markets. In our Distribution Center we have replaced in excess of 50% of our older model fluorescent bulbs with new energy efficient bulbs and the lighting is turned on by section only. We have moved our Distribution Center within a quarter mile of our Showroom thereby cutting transfer costs 90%.

In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On how we will manage our primary material or service to a more sustainable direction:

2012: We have successfully introduced, and are continuing to expand our Collection of 100% FSC Certified reclaimed Teak furniture.

We are continuing to increase the purchasing of the majority of our lumber and veneers in Indonesia through Perhutani (the Indonesian Department of Forestry.)

We have asked all our manufacturing partners to procure lumber that could be tracked as coming from legally harvested forest sources and requested from our partners in France to work with PEFC for monitoring and/or certification. We are working to eliminate MDF in several collections produced in Indonesia and replace it with "five ply" boards.

In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On education and promotion of the sustainability cause:

2012: We plan to take advantage of the new SFC programs of Sales Staff Training and Invitation Events to educate and promote sustainable furniture. We are continuing to promote the cause by adding the SFC logo to all our promotional materials, invitations and catalogs. We promote our 100% FSC certified Collection in the Press through Press Releases and Product Submissions. The eco-friendly product has been recognized by several national publications. We continue to promote the SFC at the trade fairs/ markets by prominently displaying SFC informational brochures on our certified product.