Monday, December 22, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The SFC website describes the organization as follows:
"The Sustainable Furnishings Council is a non-profit balanced coalition of industry players founded at High Point, NC in October 2006 to promote sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike. The SFC recognizes the overwhelming scientific consensus that our world is experiencing dangerous global climate change. SFC members acknowledge the tremendous urgency, and will take immediate steps to minimize carbon emissions, waste stream pollutants, un-recyclable content and primary materials from unsustainable sources from any product platform under our control."
The goals of the SFC are:
- To raise awareness of the sustainability issue
- To assist companies in adopting good practices
- To serve as an information clearing house
- To create a symbol of assurance for consumers
You can do your part by supporting organizations that are SFC members!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
His artistic process begins by collecting seeds and fallen wood from the forest floor. He then dries, cleans and cures his materials before carving, sanding and inlaying them to create his unique necklaces, earrings and rings. Marlon's work reflects his cultural heritage and nature and he is always experimenting with new design elments and innovative uses of natural materials.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Without further delay, the winners are:
Pottery Bowl - Keckie83
Wine Angle - Rachel Ann
Wine Angle - Windy Cindy
Congrats to the winners! We will be contacting you to get shipping details. Keep checking back for future giveaways and thanks again.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Get your entries in by Friday for a chance to win the serving bowl or one of the wine angles!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Green Your Decor and Shak In Style.
To enter, post a comment in this blog thread telling us about something you've purchased or done in the last six months to make your household more eco-friendly. You can receive extra entries for any of the following for a maximum total of five entries per person:
- Blog about this contest or our website, http://www.terrafurnishings.com/
- Make our blog a favorite on Technorati
- Become a "follower" of our blog
- Add our logo button or link to your sidebar
The drawing will be held at 10 pm EST on Halloween night, October 31st and the winners will be announced here. The winners will be chosen by Random.org.
Good luck from Terra Furnishings!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
This "race within a race" will be contested as part of the 10-hour, 1000 mile event on October 4th. A special trophy will be given to the manufacturer that, based on specified criteria, best represents sustainability. The factors that will be used to deterimine the winner of the Green Challenge include:
- Vehicle speed
- Distance travelled
- Exhaust emissions
- Environmental footprint of fuel used
One of the favorites in the Green Challenge is Corvette Racing (above). The team switched to e85 cellulosic ethanol at the beginning of this season. Cellulosic ethanol and grain-based ethanol produce the same end product from different feedstocks. Conventional ethanol is derived from grains such as corn, wheat or soybeans. There are many questions regarding the impact of conventional ethanol production on the food chain. By contrast, cellulosic ethanol is produced from a variety of biomass including agricultural plant wastes, sawdust and paper pulp.Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing's Program Manager discussed the Green Challenge on SPEED TV's Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain last night (below). The Petit Le Mans race will be shown live on SPEED TV.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Many people and companies claim that their wood products are sustainable, but what does that really mean? There is a plethora of information and misinformation regarding forest sustainability.
The generally accepted definition of a sustainable forest, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) goes something like this:
- the stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfill, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions, at local, national, and global levels, and that does not cause damage to other ecosystems.
There are more than 50 organizations worldwide that certify that these forest management practices are met. Some of the more common certification standards include:
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
- Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC)
The twist stools, end tables, wall panels and accessories sold by Terra Furnishings are hand carved in Thailand and are certified by the Royal Forestry Department. Thailand has promoted sustainable wood growth and harvesting practices dating back to the 1950s. Their guidelines insure that land is reclaimed for reforestation and controlled harvesting while allowing the country's active woodcarving industry to thrive.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
We are proud to announce that Terra Furnishings has joined 1% For The Planet and will be contributing 1% of our sales to environmental groups around the world.
Since 2002, 1% For The Planet has accepted members who understand that industry and ecology are inherently connected. Now with over 700 members, each donating to their choice of over 1500 environmental organizations, 1% For The Planet has become a recognized force for change. In 2006, the organization was featured on the NBC Nightly News segment "Making a Difference" in which Rehema Ellis profiled founders Yvon Chouinard and Craig Matthews. Video of that segment is available HERE.
We hope that other companies will join us in making a commitment to our planet.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
A company by the name of Ocean Renewable Power Company has been working in Maine to make this dream a reality. A recent MSNBC article details their attempts to power homes using nothing but the twice-a-day tidal changes.
Is this the future of power generation? The cure for our dependence on foreign oil? Tell us what you think!
Friday, September 5, 2008
From tree limb to art....
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Who are we? Well, we are a retailer of eco-friendly home furnishings. Our products include stools, tables, spa essentials, wall panels, pottery and other household items. We are dedicated to bringing you products from around the world that are made from eco-sensitive materials and processes.
Visit us at www.terrafurnishings.com to see our complete line of products.