The SFC’s most recent initiative, “What’s It Made Of?”, is a collaboration with the American Sustainable Business Council, Center for Environmental Health, and the Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design. This call for transparency in manufacturing was introduced in a panel discussion at High Point Market. Sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories, the panel included Industry leaders Veronica Schnitzius of American Leather, Angelo Surmelis of angelo:HOME, Matt Huber of Belfort Furniture, Ansje Miller of the Center for Environmental Health, and Thatcher Davis of Selamat.
“You have the most complex supply chain,” said Scott Steady, Senior Product Specialist at UL Environment. “You feel like you are screaming in a hurricane when you start asking questions about the use of hazardous chemicals in the production process.”
“It’s a multi-stage process,” said Inglis, “but when we consider the progress that has been made in embracing other industry objectives like No Tilt, we are optimistic about the potential for widespread participation.” The SFC website features ‘The Pledge to ASK,’ and a questionnaire to help manufacturers determine their suppliers’ usage of hazardous chemicals like flame retardants, anti-microbials, fluorinated compounds, formaldehyde, and PVC.