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Sustainable furniture gains ground.

Recent advancements in sustainable furnishings practices are being celebrated here and abroad.

Italian furniture company Natuzzi has been Forest Stewardship Council-certified by the Accredited Certification Body, Bureau Veritas. The certification ensures consumers that raw materials used to make its products come from well-managed forests.

Natuzzi production and trading sites in China and Romania were also certified. Beyond the production of sofas and armchairs, the Natuzzi plant in Baia Mare, Romania, houses a large industrial woodwork facility that procures and processes raw wood into finished materials for the entire group.

"The FSC certification confirms our strong commitment to a crucial issue that is the environmental protection," said Pasquale Natuzzi, chairman and group CEO. "The use of photovoltaic energy, low environmental impact technologies, natural materials such as wood and leather, the stringent corporate policies on deforestation, environmental and quality certifications are all actions that protect the environment and point to a target consumer looking for a beautiful and functional--but also sustainable--design."

In High Point, N.C., this month, the Sustainable Furnishings Council will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an evening program on Oct. 21 marking the milestones achieved. Interior designer and television personality Libby Langdon will serve as master of ceremonies for the 6 p.m. event at The Lofts at Union Square.

Portions of the event will be broadcast via Facebook Live and include a personalized prerecorded message from former U.S. Vice President and environmental advocate A1 Gore, who will commemorate the Sustainable Furnishings Council's accomplishments; and the announcement of the Council's #GetYourGreenOn design competition winners, among other programming.

Caption: Pasquale Natuzzi and his company make a strong sustainability commitment.

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Title Annotation:FURNITURE & LIGHTING / FRONT PAGE
Author:Zisko, Allison
Publication:HFN Home Furnishings News
Date:Oct 1, 2016
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