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Laurence Carr, Inc.

110 59th Street, 23rd Floor
New York New York
United States
Laurence Carr, Inc.
French-born Laurence Carr (SFC Ambassador 2020-present) is founder and CEO of NYC-based, award-winning design firm, Laurence Carr, Inc. A pioneering advocate for the movement toward sustainable, circular, and wellness-centered interior design, Laurence is executive producer and host of "Chez Laurence," an EarthX TV original series that highlights circular and sustainable practices in the furnishings, architecture, and built environment industries.

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 commit to lowering our energy consumption in all areas electricity, water, lighting, and air and reducing our overall carbon footprint.

We don't control our co-working hospitality offices however we choose to work in building environments that align with Greenguard, LEED, and WELL certifications.

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:

We are using less paper, store documents primarily in the cloud, and work with vendors that are conscious of sustainable practices and circular economy, and prioritize supporting fellow SFC members.

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:

2022 Initiatives:

CCWNY: Laurence Carr Inc is a platform partner with Circular City Week New York 2022. Laurence Carr Inc will host an expert webinar on the topic of how we can apply concepts of the circular economy in the design, architecture, and built environment industries.

Chez Laurence, an EarthXTV original series: Season 2 of Chez Laurence, which was created, executive produced, and hosted by Laurence Carr, will premiere in 2022. Chez Laurence is the first and only program dedicated to addressing the urgent need for innovation toward circular and sustainable practices in the interiors and furnishings industries. Laurence showcases leading companies and brands at the forefront of the circular economy movement.

Season two will feature engaging discussions with leaders in the interiors, hospitality, furnishings, and built environment industries. Laurence and her guests explore shifting consumer trends toward sustainability and health, and how leading companies are rethinking the way they design and manufacture to meet these needs.

Expertise and Advocacy: As part of our ongoing commitment to furthering the movement toward circularity and sustainability, Laurence will be on the jury for and speak at various industry events and trade shows, including Maison + Objet, ICFF+WantedDesign, KBIS/NKBA and more.