City Furniture has long been a supporter of making green choices. And now, the Florida-based retailer is focusing on a greener merchandising line. It’s all part of their 2040 Green Promise, a pledge to go carbon neutral in their showrooms, warehouses, delivery fleet, and corporate offices by 2040.
As founding members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, City Furniture has good reason to call itself the greenest furniture company in the United States. A few other claims to sustainable fame include:
6 LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified showrooms, totaling up to 240,000 square feet—more than any other furniture retailer.
97% of showrooms have LED interior track lights and 85% of parking lot and exterior lights have LED bulbs.
- 100% of its furniture is delivered on trucks that run on compressed natural gas, which produce 45% less emissions.
- Five Telsa electric semi-trucks are on order, priming them to become the first furniture retailer in the country to use them to transport goods between distribution centers (currently they operate four clean-burning CNG Peterbilt semi-trucks).
- Replaced their diesel yard spotter with an electric-powered Ottowa yard spotter.
- Converted their lead acid tugger and order-picker battery system to lithium-ion batteries, which have cleaner technology and are more efficient for energy savings.
- In 2019 they launched a proprietary Fair Trade Certified™ bedding line that features OEKO-TEX, Tencel™, and GOTS organic fabrics.
- They actively source more of their product line from the United States than any other single source, in an effort to actively reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chain.
Additionally, City Furniture also has its own recycling center, where all cardboard and Styrofoam waste is processed and sent to local mills and plants. The waste is then repurposed into materials like gift boxes, pictures frames, and outdoor furniture. In 2018 alone, this amounted to 6 million pounds of waste that was diverted from landfills.
And now, this summer, the retailer is selling their first collection from a new line of green offerings. Called Seattle, the collection features 100% FSC Certified reclaimed wood, a water-based finish, and the most environmentally friendly packaging it has ever used. Plus, they partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for every piece sold, in addition to committing a future tree planting.
Ultimately, City Furniture’s future is looking greener than ever, giving consumers the peace of mind that shopping with them helps to make the world a better place. We hope you will use this information to make more informed choices about your next furniture purchase.