August 16, 2012

Danbury’s Ethan Allen widens its green footprint

Danbury home furnishings maker-retailer Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. says it has completed a registration program analyzing the environmental impact of its domestic furniture plants in Vermont, New Jersey and North Carolina.

The Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture (EFEC) program was launched in 1979 by the American Home Furnishings Alliance, Ethan Allen said.

It requires companies—on a facility-by-facility basis—to analyze and better understand the environmental impact of their processes, raw materials, and finished products.

Since undergoing EFEC registration, Ethan Allen has incorporated EFEC requirements into its existing environmental health and safety management system.

Registration is contingent upon a policy of continuous improvement in the areas of water and energy conservation, recycling, and waste reduction.

Following audits completed in each facility by a certified EFEC auditor, Ethan Allen said the EFEC's board of examiners determined that all criteria for registration had been met and unanimously voted to register the facilities.

Two of the company's distribution centers and about 20 retail service centers will also be implementing the EFEC program, officials said. Eventually, Ethan Allen plans to implement EFEC in all of its retail locations and to pursue Sustainable by Design (SBD) certification.

"We are proud of our commitment to environmental stewardship," Ethan Allen Chairman, President and CEO Farooq Kathwari said in a statement. "And for us, that commitment means not only making the best use of our resources but also taking steps to preserve the safety and health of our employees and their communities."

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