We not only believe in creating quality home furniture, business furniture, educationalÂ furniture and medical office furniture that enables users to work at computer stations and drafting tables more safely and comfortably, Â but we believe in doing so in an eco-friendly manner. We are committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship.
We have taken great measures to ensure that our products have a minimal impact on the environment from the time of their creation to their eventual retirement and expiration. We have made this vision a part of our company culture, and can proudly say that every product we manufacture is locally sourced, green conscious and built for user-friendly sustainability.
Holding Ourselves and Others Accountable
Protecting the environment is more important to us than our profit margins. To this end, we work with third-party experts to certify that our furniture manufacturing processes are eco-friendly. This is an important measure to keep our company culture up to date on green technology, and to hold ourselves accountable to our commitment to our planet.
We work with organizations like the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturerâ€™s Association (BIFMA) to make sure that we are consistently meeting and maintaining our sustainability goals.Â We also only work with material vendors and suppliers who do the same.
Choosing Green Materials and Suppliers
Our tables, chairs, computer carts, desks and tables are built from quality raw materials that meet the strictest environmental guidelines. We use metal materials with high recycled content, generally between 80% and 90%. From our certified fiber board composed of 90% recycled content, to our recycled rolled steel used for framing, we embrace and practice the reduce, reuse and recycle concepts. Other materials used in creating our products meet, or exceed, the Scientific Certification Systemâ€™s (SCS) standards.
We also contract many supplies from local companies that reside within a 500 mile radius to our Los Angeles facility. Shipping and receiving materials in this small distance reduces transit pollution.
Our product packaging, of course, is also made from recycled materials and is intended to be recycled itself. Careful attention has been paid to packaging design to minimize waste and environmental impact.
Eco Friendly Assembly and Design
Using sustainable and local materials that meet environmental regulation standards is extremely important, but such effort would be for naught if our product designs produced great amounts of overage and waste materials. Our engineering and design teams understand this. They have taken many steps to minimize the material waste left from the creation of each product.
Additionally, they have developed assembly systems that use automated machining to provide for appropriate energy use. Products are assembled when ordered to reduce wasteful warehouse inventory and space depletion.Â Our engineering teams continue to pursue improvements to these systems, always looking for ways to decrease our carbon footprint and environmental impact.
We strongly believe that the environment, our community and our customers deserve the attention we put into every element of our assembly process.
Green Growth Practices
As our company continues to grow and expand, we do so by maintaining energy efficient facilities and adopting new, eco-friendly technological advances that become available. Some examples include skylights that provide natural lighting throughout our factories and offices, paperless bookwork and order-processing which are standard in each department, and a company-wide recycling program. Additionally, we use state-the art energy efficient machines and continually pursue techniques to minimize waste and pollution.
As our company grows we remain dedicated to protecting our planet, our employees and the communities they live in from harmful pollutions and wastes.
Honoring LEED Ratings
LEEDâ€”the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating systemâ€”was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and encourages global adoption of sustainable manufacturing processes. This is accomplished through a system that rates green manufacturing tools and performance.
VersaTables makes sincere effort to meet LEED standards and promote LEED practices throughout our entire market. In fact, VersaTables has made several potential LEED credit contributions in multiple industries.
By staffing a full-time LEED Green Associate in our company, we ensure that LEED standards are an integral part of our corporate and production culture. Our LEED Green Associate continually reviews and renews our eco-friendly strategies, helping us continue to develop ways that we can do our part to keep our planet healthy and promote planet awareness.