Preservation and stewardship are values that run deep in Vermont. Copeland Furniture takes pride in the quality of the environment and the natural beauty that surrounds us. Here are some of the ways that Copeland’s environmental values are reflected in each piece of furniture that they make:
Sustainably Harvested Hardwoods from the American Northern Forest
The lumber used comes from within 500 miles of Copeland’s factory. Living and working in and near the regions that supply their raw materials means that far less fossil fuel is consumed and less carbon dioxide emitted through transportation. Furthermore, a recent independent research study, commissioned by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and conducted by a team of international experts confirms that:
- U.S. hardwoods derive from legal and well managed forests. Hardwood procured from anywhere in the hardwood states could be considered Low Risk in all five Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) controlled wood risk categories.
- There exists, a low risk that U.S. hardwoods are produced from controversial sources as defined in the Chain of Custody standard of the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
- The U.S. hardwood-producing region can be considered low risk for illegal and non-sustainable hardwood sourcing as a result of public and private regulatory and non-regulatory programs.
Silver Exemplary Membership Status by Sustainable Furnishings Council
Copeland Furniture was awarded Silver Exemplary Membership Status by Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), joining only a handful of companies to have been awarded this prestigious distinction for proven performance in meeting a range of specific sustainability measures.
Recipient of the Sage Award for Environmental Excellence
Sponsored by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), the award program was launched to recognize environmental accomplishments within the home furnishings industry. For more information go to www.sageaward.org.
Standard Finish Is GREENGUARD Certified
Copeland uses a post-catalyzed conversion varnish that is GREENGUARD Certified for low chemical emissions as the default finish option on all of their products. GREENGUARD certification is a testing program of UL (Underwriters Laboratory) focusing on the issue of indoor air quality. Further information about GREENGUARD certification, can be found at www.greenguard.org.
Durable Furniture with Timeless Designs for Generations
Heirloom-quality furniture has less environmental impact than a piece that will fail or has a fashion life. Copeland uses time-tested joinery and construction methods, combined with durable finishes and quality hardware.
While the environmental impact of Copeland’s factory and the environmental cost of the furniture they build for you are among the lowest, they’re not standing still. Copeland continues to work to reduce VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions. They’ve reduced packaging material purchases with the installation of a box making machine that allows them to make only what they need. They recycle all packaging waste and have reduced their reliance on landfill disposal. Copeland now heats their building completely with wood waste from their manufacturing operation further reducing their consumption of imported oil.
Copenhagen Imports is pleased to represent Copeland furniture in the Sarasota area.