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The "What's it made of?" Initiative



Sustainable Furnishings Council has joined together with partners American Sustainable Business Council, Center for Environmental Health, Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design, and others for an initiative to help you ask and find out, "What's it made of?"  We aim to encourage transparency in our supply chains and to stimulate innovation to reduce harmful chemical inputs to the manufacture of furnishings. 

Leading businesses are seeking to capture emerging market opportunities by redesigning their products and catalyzing change in their supply chains.  We realize this is a multi-stage process. As a partner in the "What's it made of?" Initiative, SFC is committed to supporting businesses in improving their supply chains, and to being useful to consumers seeking more environmentally safe furnishings.

We invite you to join with us in this effort, starting with signing The Pledge to ASK, "What's it made of?" whenever you are shopping for furnishings products and materials:

As a business leader, I am concerned about the health of our world - my employees, customers, communities, and the global environment. I am committed to reducing the use of chemicals that pose harm to human health and the environment.

As a first step, I commit to ask my suppliers about the presence of the following chemicals of concern in the products that we produce, specify or purchase: flame retardant chemicals, fluorinated stain treatments, antimicrobials, vinyl and VOCs including formaldehyde.

SIGN THE PLEDGE!  This pledge is a conversation starter.  You may find that you need help, including guidance, education, and resources to improve the products and materials that you manufacture and specify and buy.  Please contact us today with your questions.  SFC staff and partners stand ready to help.

Once you have you taken the pledge, you can send your suppliers to the Supply Chain Questionnaire we have prepared.  It will help you understand what they are providing and will help them disclose ingredients systematically.  Let us know if you have any trouble accessing and using the tool, and if you have any feedback on it. Click here for a pdf overview of the Questionnaire.

Then you will probably be ready to help spread the word and promote the inquiry.  We would love to involve you in the growing campaign – DONATE TODAY!