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Directions East, Inc.

Directions East, Inc.
Handcrafted and bent bamboo material. Reminiscent of Charles and Ray Eames of the 1940's. All stains and glue are certified as non-toxic. The uniqueness comes from a talented design group, each with their own specialty in metal, wood, or hardware mechanisms.

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 have dramatically reduced our heating bill by over 50% from the previous year and electricity by nearly 30% by such practices as keeping heat off and doors shut and sealed in warehouse portions not used during the day, keeping the

thermostat @ between 55-58 degrees at night in the winter, sealing windows and doors with weather stripping, using fans instead of air conditioning when possible.

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:

This year we are making a major move on all primary materials we use. In the case of metal we are moving away from the use of such metals that cannot be recycled as is. For instance we are moving towards the use of stainelss steel instead of metals that are painted. last year stainelss stell was 15% of our metal product line. Now stainless has become 40% of our metal production. Next year the goal is 60%! In terms of any wood we use now ALL MUST BE FSC CERTIFIED. Any mdf material we use in our products now passes (and is certified)the CARB 1 PHASE introduced in the USA by the State of CA . This year 20% of our product line is made of bamboo a renewable product. BY beginning of next year it will be 30% of our line. ALL GLUES ARE NON TOXIC (meet E1 standards in Europe) and all bamboo we use has waterbased stains.

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:

Aside from increasing the awareness in our office alone in our weekly meetings(each week we discuss one aspect of sustainability), I do plan to talk with our current manufactuers in Asia through a friend in Vietnam who is now teaching all aspects of sustainabilty to the furniture industry in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. I am going to travel with him first in Vietnam and attend his lectures to the furniture industry and then review with him on how and what we need to discuss with my Chinese manufacturers.