Resource Center  - Sustainability


MDF and Eric Brand Furniture

Eric Brand utilizes (EO) MDF which has lower formaldehyde emissions than is required by the CARB guidelines for 2011 and beyond. The emission limits in California are maximum limits that 100% of the products must fall below, whereas other worldwide standards do not apply to all products and allow a certain percentage of the covered products to exceed the limits. Also, the California standard requires third party certification of the composite wood panels to verify compliance, and CARB will enforce the standard through random product testing and a strict chain-of- custody requirement for products containing composite wood products. The wood content of Laminex MDF consists of 60% pre-consumer recycled content (derived from waste stream during manufacturing) and 40% reclaimed silviculture "by product of commercial logging in managed forests of plantations excess of amounts needed to be maintained on site to avoid soil and faunal species habitat impacts."

Coconut Palm and Eric Brand Furniture

Coconut palm is a magnificent tree that provides food, materials for building, medicines, oils and even mosquito repellent! " The trees were originally planted in the early 1900s to provide a crucial component (copra) for manufacturing, however demand for copra had ceased. Now there are vast stands of unproductive palmwood that can be recycled for the aforementioned purposes and in its place young fruit trees and other cash crops have been planted. The regenerated land, combined with the money paid for each log, has created a viable sustainable indigenous economy. The manufacturing processes are environmentally sustainable and use no toxins or chemicals. The finishing oils are fully recyclable. Even the sawdust is used as a nutrient-rich agricultural fertilizer."