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Harden Furniture

8550 Mill Pond Way
McConnellsville New York
United States
Harden Furniture
American-made, solid wood furniture and bench-built upholstery for home, hospitality and commercial environments. Several custom programs are also available for bedroom, dining and upholstery product. Harden relies on healthy and productive forestland for their livelihood and they have a keen self interest in making certain that forests remain healthy and productive. 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:

2014: Delivery Fleet – We will continue to upgrade our over-the-road fleet with tractors that comply with EPA Tier 2 emission standards. In March we added two Peterbuilt single axle tractors that are compliant. The single axle improves fuel efficiency by approximately 5%.

GGE Emissions – In 2013 we made significant investments in our wood fired boilers and have experimented with different processes that will allow us to burn less fuel to provide process and comfort steam for our facility. Harden does not burn any fossil fuels at the McConnellsville facility other than for vehicles. We expect to post our 2013 GGE report shortly.

Electrical Energy – An upgrade of our lighting and electric motors has been investigated in the past and we were not able to justify the expense based on a return on investment. We currently have a proposal for a lighting upgrade from Right Light Energy Services for a project with a total cost of $520,000 that would reduce our energy consumption from 3,958,200 kWh to 1,537,300 kWh – a 60.1% reduction in consumption. We are exploring financing options and expect to proceed with the project this year. We continue to explore upgrades to motors to further reduce our electrical energy use.

2013: Upgrade Lighting – An analysis of an upgrade to LED lighting indicated that we currently cannot justify the investment as we operate only one shift. As opportunities arise and if we have areas where lights are on 24/7 we will install more efficient lighting. Also, we are reviewing any areas of the facility that would benefit from motion detector lighting or where we can permanently reduce lighting.

Delivery Fleet – We received two tractors in November which comply with the EPA Tier 2 emission standard and feature advanced “gel battery” Auxiliary Power Units (APU) which will allow our drivers to avoid idle periods when power is needed for the cab or in hot/cold weather. These units also feature low rolling resistance tire and advanced EGR technology (exhaust gas recirculation reduces NOx gasses to harmless nitrogen). Based on 100,000 annual miles driven it is anticipated that each until will save approximately 1,300 gallons of diesel fuel, in addition to reducing emissions of NOx gasses.

Recycle -We will conduct a thorough analysis of our waste stream to determine if in addition to materials already recycled there are any other materials that are currently sent to a landfill that can be recycled.

GGE Emissions – We post our carbon footprint annually and in 2012 we realized an increase in the volume of carbon that we emitted into the atmosphere. Returning to a trend of annual decreases will be a priority in 2013. Currently the overwhelming majority of our GGE are related to electrical energy or thermal/wood fuel sources. At the McConnellsville facility we do not burn any fossil fuels for process or comfort steam (heat).

2012: We have updated an earlier electrical energy audit and are upgrading fixtures with more efficient bulbs and technologies.

New controls have been installed on our wood fired boilers allowing us to improve efficiency and comply with all regulations.

We have replaced 1/3 of our over the road truck fleet with new vehicles that offer no-idle power, reduced rolling resistance tires and improved fuel mileage.

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:

2014: Staff – We have staffed an additional engineering position and it is our intent to assign Olivia with some specific environmental projects. We need to recycle more of our manufacturing materials.

2013: Refurbishment – In 2012 Harden began offering refurbishment services to current and new commercial customers who preferred to refurbish existing products originally manufactured by Harden or other vendors. We anticipate this segment of our business will more than double in size in 2013, allowing commercial end users to reduce material destined for landfills, while updating furnishings through a process that requires only a minimal amount of new material.

Certified Wood – Currently Harden’s supply chain for forest products is certified by the SFI program. As we procure a significant amount of material from NYS properties which may be FSC certified we will investigate dual certification that would allow us to market lumber with SFI and FSC chain of custody. We will also need to upgrade our SFI certification to full chain of custody. Staffing and documentation challenges may delay this until 2014.

2012: As part of our self-certification to the BIFMA e3 we reviewed their chemicals of concern list and have eliminated all but 5 compounds that appear on that list.

We now offer refurbishment services to our commercial customers who are refinishing/reupholstering furnishings (Harden and non Harden products) instead of replacing them. This will represent approximately 5% of our sales in 2013.

We have confirmed with our foam suppliers that all our urethane foams comply with California prop 65.

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:

2014: Continue to participate in SFC events at High Point Market and SFC Next annual conference.

2013: We will participate in SFC events for the industry, including the Sustainability Essentials webinars.