Building A Climate Positive Company
Being a sustainable furniture company - that operates in balance with nature - is a great start. But we're striving further to set a new standard. We aim to generate a positive impact on the environment by restoring more to nature than we take.
Our goal: Become the world's first climate positive furniture company.
Sounds great, right? Thing is, no one's done it yet because, frankly, it’s hard. But this is what we wanted before we turned on the band saw to cut our first prototype. We design it into our products and our entire company.
Reaching our climate positive goals is an ongoing process. Here’s what we’re doing now:
1. Sustainable Materials and Packaging:
100% OF OUR WOOD COMES FROM SUSTAINABLE, FSC CERTIFIED FORESTS.
Material selection is crucial to a furniture company's climate+ credentials. 100% of our wood comes from sustainably managed, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forests - the world's most rigorous certification for sustainable forestry. Our goal is to always source 100% FSC certified wood.
In 2020, Simbly received the highest marks in the furniture industry from the Natural Wildlife Federation and the Sustainable Furnishings Council for our responsible wood sourcing policy.
WE USE NON-TOXIC, FORMALDEHYDE-FREE ADHESIVES AND FINISHES.
We also choose materials and food-safe finishes that avoid toxins. Our Appleply hardwood plywood is a premium, formaldehyde-free product that exceeds the air quality standards set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program.
OUR PACKAGING IS MADE WITH HIGH RECYCLED CONTENT.
Our products ship in corrugated cardboard, compostable boxes made of 40% - 60% recycled content. At this amount, our packaging keeps its strength and integrity ensuring your furniture arrives in perfect condition.
We're striving for 100% recycled content for all packaging, and we're researching options that would satisfy our box stress tests. More to come.
2. Eco-Friendly Operations:
WE LOCALIZE MANUFACTURING IN THE USA.
We make and ship our products directly to customers from our factory located just outside Asheville, North Carolina. Manufacturing in the U.S. as opposed to overseas provides two major benefits:
1) We support local jobs and help reinvigorate the manufacturing economy in a region once proudly known as the furniture-making capital of the world.
2) We reduce the distance and, therefore, the carbon emissions connected to a) shipping parts and materials to our factory and b) shipping our furniture to customers.
OUR FLAT-PACK SHIPPING BOXES ARE SPACE-EFFICIENT.
We ship our flat-pack furniture in boxes nearly 80% smaller than they would be if the items arrived pre-assembled. The result is more fuel-efficient shipping and fewer carbon emissions. More good news: our furniture assembles and dis-assembles easily using innovative locking mechanisms discreetly built into the furniture.
3. Carbon Neutral Practices:
WE ENSURE EVERY ORDER IS CARBON NEUTRAL.
Where we can't yet further minimize our environmental footprint, we purchase carbon offsets that support ethically and scientifically vetted projects in renewable energy, forest restoration, and energy efficiency.
Through our partnership with EcoCart we instantly calculate and offset the carbon emissions at checkout connected to manufacturing and shipping every order.
WE PLANT ONE TREE FOR EVERY PRODUCT SOLD.
Trees are climate warriors and our furniture depends on them, so we take things a step further to offset the climate impact of our products. To help replenish forests, we plant one tree for every product we sell through our partnership with the nonprofit organization One Tree Planted.
4. Environmental Partnerships and Industry Leadership:
WE DONATE 1% OF SALES TO ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES.
We are a proud member of 1% For The Planet, an alliance of companies committed to supporting nonprofit organizations in their work to preserve and restore the natural environment. We donate 1% of all Simbly revenue to such worthy causes.
WE ADVANCE SUSTAINABILITY IN THE FURNITURE INDUSTRY.
Simbly is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, a coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers dedicated to raising awareness and expanding the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices across the home furnishings industry.
A Climate Positive Future
Through our business practices we're on a journey to become a climate positive furniture company, generating environmental benefit for the planet. If you have any questions at all about our practices or products please get in touch and let us know.