designer's guide | Oct 1, 2021 |
Sustainability Stories

SFC’s Green Ribbon Awards

Friday, October 15, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Discover which new products at High Point Market were awarded the Sustainable Furnishing Council’s Green Ribbon Award for their design, sustainability and ingenuity. The presentation will be followed by a lively discussion with designers John Douglas Eason, Laurence Carr and Annelle Gandelman about how they would incorporate these and other earth-friendly pieces into their upcoming projects.

Why Circular Design Is the Way of the Future

Friday, October 15, 2 p.m.–3 p.m.

Consumers are more mindful about the environment and climate change than ever before, and demand is high for the furnishings industry to shift toward circular and sustainable practices. Laurence Carr hosts a discussion with Sustainable Furnishings Council executive director Susan Inglis, Chad Bolick of UnifiCisco Pinedo of Cisco Home, and Libeco’s Kathryn Richardson about how industry businesses can prioritize upcycling, using renewable energy, reducing carbon emission, eliminating the use of toxic chemicals and cutting back on waste.

Three Distinct Views, One Eco-Focused Goal

Saturday, October 16, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Join designers Laurence Carr, Nancy Fire and Jennifer Levy as they discuss tips for shopping sustainably and favorite High Point Market resources for eco-friendly pieces. They’ll also share their unique visions for the curated room exhibits created for the Sustainability Stories program. Moderated by sustainability expert Rachel Bradley of Unifi, makers of REPREVE recycled fibers.

Foam Recycling: Creating Jobs for Today and Home Decor for Tomorrow

Saturday, October 16, 2 p.m.–3 p.m.

New technology is allowing materials such as crown molding, lighting, home decor and accessories, and even outdoor furniture to be made from recycled foam, and advancements in 3D printing will further expand that potential in the near future. This foam densifier demonstration showcases how packaging and food-grade foam is finding new life as part of Tiny House Community Development’s recycling project, an initiative that is creating jobs for people who have experienced homelessness in the High Point and Greensboro areas.

Behind the Scenes: Eco-Friendly Manufacturing

Sunday, October 17, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Nancy Fire dives into the world of sustainable manufacturing with Brian Brigham of Kaleen Rugs, Jason Phillips of Phillips Collection, Jay Hertwig of Unifi, Inc. and Erin Weston of Weston Farms, who will talk about their sustainability initiatives, factory updates, and efforts sourcing sustainable wood and fibers and other eco-friendly materials.

Weaving Together Social Impact and Sustainability

Sunday, October 17, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Often considered one of the pillars of sustainability, social equity is a vital component for a comprehensive view on sustainability. To discuss how one company is putting this pillar into action, join designer Jennifer Levy as she interviews Sasha Wallace on Jaipur Living's holistic philosophy of sustainability and how their initiatives improve the lives of the communities they impact. The duo will also discuss what designers should look for in assessing the sustainability of a vendor and the importance of understanding the full narrative of the products we use and the people who make them.

Navigating the Sustainable Product World

Monday, October 18, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Nancy Fire sits down with designer Hilary Farr of HGTVs Love It or List It to discuss the highs and lows of navigating licensing—and everyday life—with sustainability in mind.

This article originally appeared in Fall 2021 issue of the Designer's Guide, High Point Market. Subscribe or become a BOH Insider for more.

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