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Catskill New York
Best Practice Achievements
This year we are focused on decreasing carbon emissions within our supply chain by limiting points of transfer of raw material to make our furniture, in this case American hardwoods. Previously we relied on an outside shop based in Brooklyn New York to source lumber, fabricate and finish our furniture. The journey of wood often took a circuitous route passing from the wood basket, to sawmill, to supplier to fabricator, to us and then finally to our customer. By bringing fabrication in house and sourcing lumber directly from the sawmill we saw we could minimize points of transfer of the material. Wood from the sawmill now travels directly to our shop where we fabricate the pieces and ship directly to our clients. This also allows us to offer our clients the opportunity to send back components from the Loose Parts system to be refinished or exchanged, further increasing the lifespan of their Loose Parts furniture piece. We are working on formalizing this exchange program which we plan to launch by the end of this year.
We use American hardwood for our assembly based furniture collection. In June we partnered with an AHMI (Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers INC)certified sawmill within the wood basket we were sourcing from. By buying directly from the sawmill we are able to maximize a flitch by specifying our dimensional requirements from the beginning, thus limiting material waste.
We are working on a program that will allow past customers to exchange or repair components from their Loose Parts system. This will include sanding and refinishing a wood rai or cutting down longer rails to smaller lengths so that they may be assembled into a new design. We are also working on ways to increase stylistic longevity for our furniture. For example we are exploring options to allow customers to send back aluminum shelving from our bookshelves to be re-powder coated if they should tire of the color. Our goal is to encourage people to imagine furniture as a system rather than a stand-alone object, meaning they can update a part rather than throw out the whole thing.