The wood that we use in our furniture is Strandboard. It makes a very strong frame and comes from high-yield, fast-growing trees which helps conserve other older, more valuable forests. It is also procured under Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification requirements.
Louisiana Pacific is our Oriented Strandboard supplier and they have been focused on best forestry practices, including reforestation, and air, water, and wildlife conservation.
Here is a link to their website: LP Environmental Responsibility
We design our products to make use of recycled foam. These changes are taking place in new designs as well as in reengineering established furniture styles. Our supplier specializes in the process and provides a clean, reclaimed foam product used in the arms and areas where we need a high density material.
This supplier is the industry leader in the use of recycled polyurethane materials and is researching the viability and real-term ecological effects of using soy-based ingredients in their formulations.
With a recycled content of 100%, Home Reserve back cushions keep a lot of material out of the waste cycle! Our Fiber-fill is made of 100% post consumer plastic bottles that our supplier buys, washes, sorts, and chops into flake that are then extruded into fiber. And the odd thing is, when we were selecting cushioning materials, we actually preferred the characteristics of the recycled material! It felt more comfortable with a greater resiliency. So there's no compromise on comfort.
We're also experimenting with using recycled Mountain Dew pop bottles as the fiber in our back cushions. Take a look at this video:
Corrugated cardboard lends itself particularly well to being environmental friendly and it’s the most recycled packaging material on the earth. 78.3% of all the cardboard containers produced are being recovered for recycling and the average new corrugated box consists of 43% recycled fiber (AF&PA statistics).
When new cardboard fiber has to be manufactured, it is a paper product made predominantly from forest thinnings and sawmill waste. Additionally, cardboard is easily biodegradable and contains no toxic constituents.
Here's a link to the cardboard industry site which has a lot more information:
Home Reserve is working with a local Indiana organization named AWS that employs the handicapped. They assemble the parts bags that we use in every product package. (The parts bags contain the screws and plastic components that customers use when putting the furniture together.) Working with AWS we've developed fixtures and counting tools to ensure that part counts are accurate. A final check of the item count is done with a sensitively tuned scale.
AWS provides valuable service to the community and Home Reserve is proud to be a partner in their mission.
The things on this page, combined with the part-by-part maintainability of Home Reserve, take a major step forward in eco and social responsibility. Extending the lifecycle of household items keeps them out of landfills and saves the energy of re-production.
The latest thinking is, “Don’t be a throw away-society.” And we’re putting new tools in your hands to enable all of us to make more progress in the movement of conservation. We’re delighted to be able to work together with you in keeping your furniture looking better, lasting longer, and playing nicer with the earth!