What We Do
Educate The Industry
The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) stands at the forefront of a movement dedicated to transforming the home furnishings industry into a beacon of sustainability. With a mission to bring transparency, literacy, and action to reduce the industry's environmental impact, SFC has emerged as the leading sustainability resource center for the sector. SFC fulfills its mission by educating various stakeholders within the home furnishings industry, from suppliers and manufacturers to retailers and designers.
At the core of SFC's mission lies the dissemination of valuable information pertaining to sustainable practices in the home furnishings industry. SFC serves as a repository of knowledge, continuously collecting and sharing the latest advancements in sustainable materials, manufacturing processes, and design concepts. Through working groups, webinars, a comprehensive online resource library, and an online learning academy, SFC educates its members and the industry at large about sustainable options and their benefits.
Supplier and Manufacturer Engagement
SFC recognizes that sustainable transformation starts at the source. By engaging with suppliers and manufacturers, the council promotes eco-friendly practices and materials. This involves educating suppliers about sustainable sourcing, ethical labor practices, and the use of eco-conscious materials. Manufacturers are encouraged to adopt more sustainable production methods, such as reducing waste, conserving energy, and minimizing emissions. SFC provides a platform for these stakeholders to share best practices and collaborate on sustainable initiatives.
Retailers play a pivotal role in influencing consumer choices. SFC understands this influence and actively collaborates with retailers to align their product offerings with sustainability goals. Through educational initiatives, SFC empowers retailers to make informed decisions about the products they stock. By highlighting eco-friendly options and sustainable certifications, SFC helps retailers educate consumers and foster a demand for sustainable furnishings.
Designer Education and Advocacy
Designers are the bridge between consumers and the home furnishings industry. SFC recognizes the importance of equipping designers with the knowledge and tools to specify sustainable products. The council conducts workshops, webinar, and certification programs to educate designers on sustainable design principles and materials. By nurturing a community of eco-conscious designers, SFC ensures that sustainable choices are integrated into interior design projects.
Promoting Certification Standards
SFC actively supports and promotes certification standards within the industry. By endorsing recognized certifications like FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), OEKO-TEX, and Cradle to Cradle, the Council assists stakeholders in making informed decisions about sustainable products. This advocacy creates a more transparent and trustworthy marketplace where consumers can confidently choose eco-friendly furnishings.