While on my furniture pilgrimage to High Point, NC, I joined the Sustainable Furnishings Council. I was moved by a presentation about the health concerns created by furnishings in the home as well as the commitment of these fine folks to ensuring that planet friendly, sustainable practices are used during the manufacturing process. They define sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. I think this is very important. I have also found myself looking at the kitchen and bath products I am specifying with more focus on planet friendly manufacturing including using recycled materials and conservation practices.Two manufacturers have impressed me greatly with their commitment to the environment.
I was so pleased to read about their concern for the environmentand the the sustainable practices they follow. This link is a listing of green concerns http://www.calfaucets.com/green-philosophy and more can be found on their Facebook page in an album titled California Faucets Cares About the Environment.
Native Trails is an artisanal manufacturer of some beautiful hand crafted products for both the kitchen and bath industry and home decor. Lovely copper holiday ornaments are a new addition that caught my eye. Sustainable and recycled materials are used for the copper and concrete sinks they manufacture for both kitchen and bath. They also make some beautiful bath furniture using reclaimed wood and a gorgeous line of copper tables.
With so many choices available, it makes me happy to specify products from companies that share my values and concerns about sustainability. I encourage you to consider the culture of the brands you buy. I hope you find their practices in line with your values.