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Best Practice Achievements
2019: 100% of our furniture is delivered on trucks that run on compressed natural gas, and we have ordered Tesla electric trucks to add to our fleet.
We recycle almost all our packaging and have aggressive programs in place to recycle or donate used furniture to divert it from landfills. City Furniture has its own recycling center, where we bale all of our cardboard waste and send it to a local paper recycling mill that makes products like gift and shipping boxes. We also process and condense all of our Styrofoam packaging and send it to a plant that reprocesses it into plastic materials to make items like picture frames and outdoor furniture. Showrooms and corporate offices recycle office paper, plastic, and toner.
2018: We have transitioned from a distribution fleet of diesel trucks to a fleet of bi-fuel trucks. The trucks run on clean-burning natural gas and have a gasoline emergency reserve. 80% of our fleet is currently bi-fuel and we are continuing to phase out the diesel trucks with goal of 100% bi-fuel fleet. We just put a deposit down to reserve 5 of the first Tesla electric semi trucks for our internal distribution. We will also continue to leverage our on-site CNG station to reduce transportation costs and emissions with our fleet. We have already converted our 1 million square foot distribution center to LED lighting as well as the majority of our stores. We anticipate that 100% of our stores will have LED lighting by the end of the year.
2019: We are excited to participate in the Wood Furniture Scorecard, for the 2nd year in a row, and improve our overall rating over last year's score.
City Furniture will begin showing a new green collection, featuring 100% FSC Certified Reclaimed wood, a water based finish, and the most environmentally friendly packaging it has ever used. Availability for this furniture line is expected in late July 2019.
2018: We published a Social Compliance and Sustainable Sourcing Policy this year. We are actively pursuing product lines that make use of reclaimed and FSC certified woods. We are also about to test a "green" furniture brand - which will evolve into an entire green product line.
2019: We will promote our participation in and Top Score from the Wood Furniture Scorecard to our staff and consumers. We continue to train staff on the importance of our company's mission and sustainability efforts.
2018: Our sourcing team has signed up for sustainability courses with the University of Colorado. This will evolve into a broader education of much of our marketing staff. Education will also be a key component in our green product line - we will have a top down education throughout sales on the products in the line. Lastly, we are exploring a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation for 2019 that will result in multiple tree planting projects tied directly to unit sales.