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UL Environment

UL Environment
UL has a comprehensive suite of services for the furniture & bedding industry, so manufacturers have a single resource for their global testing & certification needs. UL is a leader in chemical emissions testing and sustainability offerings for furniture & bedding, including GREENGUARD Certification, which helps companies, demonstrate that products are healthier & more sustainable. Building on 120 years of science, UL conducts industry leading research into the health and safety of furniture.

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: Moved into a LEED-CI space where we model/monitor energy use.

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: Convert all printed materials to soy based ink.

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: GREENGUARD Certification- UL GREENGUARD Certification provides a competitive advantage in an increasingly muddled green marketplace by serving as a health-based differentiator. Products that earn GREENGUARD Certification have been scientifically proven to meet some of the world’s most rigorous, third-party chemical emissions standards, helping to reduce indoor air pollution and the potential health risks of chemical exposure.

Product Emissions Testing- For manufacturers who want to determine the chemical emissions from their products, UL is a global leader in chemical emissions testing for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde content. Chemical emissions testing can help manufacturers demonstrate compliance with the following global and regional emissions and materials requirements, including California 01350, Blue Angel, Golden M, EN Standards, and many more.

Environmental Claim Validations, which are third-party verifications of single-attribute environmental claims, such as recycled content, formaldehyde and VOC content, and other attributes.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which demonstrate marketplace leadership by showcasing a manufacturer’s commitment to transparency and objective, third-party verification.

UL provides comprehensive flammability testing for fabrics and upholstered furnishings, and conducts tests in accordance with nationally-recognized standards that investigate ignition, flame-spread and heat-release characteristics of furnishings. Test methods include reaction to heat, small flame and radiance plates, and the “cigarette and match test.”

UL also offers physical and durability testing to demonstrates your commitment to making products that are durable, safe, and meet industry requirements.

2012: Increase CEVs delivered by 25%.