NEW YORK – Representatives of the Rainforest Alliance have helped establish the Sustainable Furniture Council. The council brings together members of the home furnishings industry and organizations committed to responsible business practices and promoting furniture manufactured in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

The council, which currently has more than 40 representatives, held its third meeting during the Las Vegas Market last month.

“The home furnishings industry uses one of the earth’s most beautiful resources, wood, to create products that range from simple and functional pieces to real works of art,” said, Daphne Hewitt, projects manager in the Rainforest Alliance’s Training, Research, Extension Education and Systems program. “By encouraging manufacturers, retailers and suppliers in the industry to adopt sustainable practices, the council will be ensuring that this beauty is reflected in the entire process, from the responsibly managed forest where the wood originated through final production.”

The Rainforest Alliance is a certifier of forests based on the Forest Stewardship Council.

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