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From The Mountain

8 Dogwood Acres Drive
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
United States
From The Mountain
From The Mountain Sources LLC specializes in getting the skills and products of traditional artisans to new markets. Having worked in over 38 countries on 5 continents, the company is currently working with hand spinners of cashmere in Afghanistan, providing a fair wage to women in disadvantaged circumstances, and a beautifully soft yarn to handknitters throughout North America and Europe. GREEN AP on staff.

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:

2017: We have NEW LED bulbs in the office!
2016: We continue to limit energy consumption in our offices by dressing for minimal use of heating & cooling. We make every effort to ensure that our shipments are scheduled and packed as efficiently as possible. We choose electronic communication over long-distance travel whenever we can.
2014: We are continuing in our plan to improve energy efficiency in our offices, insulating the duct system and otherwise preventing heat loss. We are offsetting all travel with TerraPass purchases.

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:

2016 - In our work with handspun cashmere producers in Afghanistan, we are bringing income to women in remote and disadvantaged areas, many of them heads of household. We choose not to dye the yarn, but rather sell our product in the natural colors of the goats, which preserves the genetic diversity of the herds.
2014: We continue to specify only organic textiles and only certified wood. In our work with artisans in remote areas certified materials are often unavailable, so we usually have to make our own assessment as to the sustainability of the material source. We do so using the SFC Objective Criteria for benchmarking sustainability.

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:

2016: FTM supports and participates in SFC educational programming and also provides sustainability training to our reach outside the home furnishings industry.
2014: FTM is & will continue to be an active supporter of SFC educational programs.

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