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mebl | Transforming Furniture

New York
United States
mebl | Transforming Furniture
We’re championing a future of furniture that is sustainable and circular. To accelerate this transformation, we’ve expanded our toolbox to help industry, design, media and advocacy networks make the case for circularity in furniture. Our focus is on creating educational content and interactive exhibits, developing information resources, and facilitating cross-sector collaboration. In 2019 and 2020, we ranked "Top" in the SFC / National Wildlife Federation's Wood Furniture Scorecard.

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:

We use low lighting and natural light where possible, and will continue to use the showroom for our administrative work, instead of utilizing a separate office space - which saves both energy and money. We will continue to intentionally use a low-impact warehouse facility for our furniture inventory, where individual storage rooms are lit only upon entry. Most rooms in the warehouse are non-climate-controlled for our inventory not sensitive to temperature and humidity. In our showroom, we recently launched a program to encourage customers and staff to recycle and compost by having multiple bins and signs for easy access.

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:

2019: We are happy to participate in the Wood Furniture Scorecard process, and thrilled to be a top scorer. We have created a Wood Sourcing Policy for our company, which is posted on our website, and will adhere to this when working with our suppliers. We have a preference for sourcing from FSC-certified wood furniture makers, and have a commitment to working with artisans to incorporate FSC-certified or recycled/reclaimed wood into their pieces to the greatest extent possible.

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:

Our founder seeks opportunities to participate in panels and other conference sessions related to furniture design. He was one of four panelists at a session sponsored by Luxe Magazine, during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City in May 2019. The topic of the panel was Artisan-made Furniture, and our company was the sole voice of REUSE on the panel.
We talk about our furniture - its materials, origin, and the maker; and our mission of sustainability to our customers and suppliers.