Sustainable Furniture

first_imgThanks to increased consumer awareness and demand, there are more “green” choices in furniture available than ever before. Pictured: A Savvy Rest organic crib mattress distributed by Furnature. Photo cred: Savvy RestEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: Are there certain brands or retail stores where sustainable furniture options can be had? And what should I look for when shopping for greener furniture?  — W. Cary, Trenton, NJWhile we now opt often for greener cars, appliances, household cleaners and food to up the sustainability quotient of our lifestyles, the furniture we spend all day and night in close contact with is often far from eco-friendly. The vast majority of sofas, chairs, beds and other upholstered furniture we love to lounge on contain potentially carcinogenic formaldehyde and/or toxic flame retardants and stain resistors that have been linked to developmental and hormonal maladies. And much of the wood used in desks, chairs, tables and the like (as well as in the frames of upholstered furniture) comes from unsustainably harvested lumber which contributes to the deforestation of tropical rainforests.But today, thanks to increased consumer awareness and demand, there are more “green” choices in furniture available than ever before. A good place to start the search for that perfect couch or chair is the website of the Sustainable Furniture Council (SFC), a non-profit formed in 2006 to help develop solid standards and certification processes within the home furnishings industry. The organization has become a leading information source and network of some 400 “green” furniture makers and related retailers, suppliers and designers as well as other non-profits. Consumers looking for greener furniture can browse SFC’s membership list which features contact information and website links accordingly. Buyers beware: Just because a furniture maker is listed with SFC doesn’t mean it eschews all chemicals or unsustainably harvested wood entirely, but only that it is making strides in that direction. Consumers should still be knowledgeable about which green features they are looking for and/or which kinds of materials to avoid.Of course, with something like furniture you really need to see and feel it in order to decide whether it will work in your space. Eco-conscious consumers making the rounds at local furniture stores should keep a few key questions in mind for salespersons. Does the piece in question contain formaldehyde, flame retardants or stain resistant sprays? Is the fabric used certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard program (GOTS, which mandates that at least 70 percent of fibers are derived from organic sources and do not contain chemical dyes or other additives)? Is the wood used certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as sustainably harvested? Does the piece contain any parts or pieces that come from bamboo or reclaimed wood or recycled metal or plastic? And is it easy to disassemble into reusable or recyclable parts if it needs to be replaced down the line?If the salesperson doesn’t know the answers, chances are the piece does not pass environmental muster. Limiting your search to brick-and-mortar and Internet-based retailers that specialize in green products is one way to reduce the amount of research and self-education needed, especially because salespersons in such stores are usually up-to-speed on the latest and greatest in sustainable furnishings. Some leading national furniture chains that carry a sizeable inventory of sustainable goods include Crate and Barrel, Room and Board and West Elm, but many more single store eco-friendly furniture stores exist across the country. Some leading online green furniture retailers include Eco-Friendly Modern Living, Furnature, InMod, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, SmartDeco, Southcone and Viesso.CONTACTS: SFC, www.sustainablefurnishings.org; FSC, www.fsc.org; GOTS, www.global-standard.org; Eco-Friendly Modern Living, www.eco-friendlymodernliving.com; Furnature, www.furnature.com; InMod, www.inmod.com; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, www.mgbwhome.com; SmartDeco, www.smartdecofurniture.com; Southcone, www.southcone.com; Viesso, www.viesso.com.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Matt Kemp back in a Dodgers uniform is not a done deal — if a deal can get done

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I think we knew it was a possibility,” Zaidi said of not being able to move the 33-year-old Kemp. “We haven’t made any secret of the fact that that trade was primarily financially motivated. But a motivated Matt Kemp can help a lot of teams in baseball, including us. I think it’s our responsibility to keep our options open and let this play out and if he proves to be somebody who can help us on the field that’s what everybody wants.”The echo of a sales pitch can be heard in Zaidi’s statement.Some of Kemp’s former offensive skills still remain. He did hit 19 home runs in 115 games for the Braves last season. But he has also been plagued by leg injuries and was woefully out of shape at times with the Braves and San Diego Padres – the two are not unrelated – to the point that he ranked as one of the worst defensive outfielders in baseball last season. Zaidi’s efforts over the past month have no doubt been directed primarily at his counterparts in the American League where Kemp could have some utility as a DH.Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is one of only seven players still with the team from Kemp’s last season in Los Angeles (2014) and the two have been in touch this winter, taking in a Lakers game together. Jansen said Kemp understands the team didn’t really acquire him because they had a role for him “but he can help us.”“I understand what the Dodgers are doing, trying to go under the luxury tax to try to reset. It’s totally understandable,” Jansen said Saturday. “To have Matt back — if it’s a situation where he gets to stay here — is exciting. We have confidence in what Andrew (Friedman) and Farhan are going to do. The front office is going to do what they can to put us in a great situation to hopefully win a championship multiple times. “To have Matt back is awesome. I’m looking forward to seeing him in spring training. But whatever happens, happens. That’s the position that the front office has to take. But I think he can help us tremendously. He’s in great shape. He lost a lot of weight. We all know what Matt Kemp can do.”What the Dodgers could do with Kemp – and they have tried – is package him with one or more prospects from their rich farm system, enticing another team to take him off their hands that way. Kemp’s decline and a winter market saturated with outfielders (some younger, many better) are making even that difficult for the Dodgers to do, possibly leaving them with a $21.75 million Franklin Gutierrez on their hands – an aging platoon outfielder with limited defensive ability.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he has been in contact with Kemp as recently as a week ago, talking to him about this possibility.“Obviously he’s in a situation where he’s in flux as far as what the organization expects of him,” said Roberts, the Padres’ bench coach during the 2015 season (Kemp’s only full season in San Diego). “But my thing to him was … be open-minded. It’s a different clubhouse than when he left. There’s a lot of good players. He just assured me all he wants to do is to be on a winner. The opportunity to come back to Los Angeles is something he never dreamed could happen again. So he is thrilled.“As far as the stuff I can’t control, he can’t control – we just try to focus on what’s happening right now. Right now, he’s a Dodger and I’m excited to have him on the roster.”Indeed, it is “a different clubhouse” – in no small part because of Kemp’s subtraction from it.One of the first moves made by Friedman after taking over the Dodgers was to trade Kemp to San Diego, jettisoning one prominent piece of a toxic clubhouse atmosphere. That culture has been thoroughly made over in the three seasons since but Kemp’s reputation remains intact. His bad influence in the Braves’ clubhouse is believed to have been a motivating factor for the Braves behind last month’s deal.If Kemp somehow does don a Dodger uniform again, both Roberts and Zaidi insist that won’t be an issue.“No. I think our culture is very strong,” Zaidi said. “He has relationships here and there’s trust and history. So — we’re not worried about that.”center_img LOS ANGELES – When the Dodgers made their biggest move of the offseason last month, they were essentially playing ‘hot potato’ with the Atlanta Braves, swapping bad contracts with the intention of keeping them moving.With pitchers and catchers set to report for spring training in just over two weeks, the Dodgers are still holding a $43.5 million spud.“He’s going to be one of our guys in camp,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said Saturday of Matt Kemp, acquired from the Braves in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir in mid-December. “We’ve got a little bit of an open competition in left field, and he’s going to be part of that competition.”Well, Kemp wasn’t a part of any of the Dodgers’ Community Tour events this week nor was he invited to Saturday’s FanFest event at Dodger Stadium. Kemp remains on the Dodgers’ roster in name only despite Zaidi’s public assertion that “as of now” he expects to see the former All-Star, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger winner back in the uniform he was wearing when he won those awards.last_img read more

Boxing is Not Abhinav Bindra’s Business to Interfere, I Don’t Talk About Shooting: Mary Kom

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2020 Olympics2020 tokyo olympicsAbhinav Bindrabfi First Published: October 19, 2019, 3:41 PM IST MC Mary Kom on Saturday said boxing is not Abhinav Bindra’s “business to interfere”, expressing her displeasure at the Olympic champion’s backing of Nikhat Zareen’s demand for a trial bout against her.On Thursday, Bindra backed Zareen’s demand for a trial bout against the six-time world champion before India’s squad for next year’s Olympic Qualifiers is decided. That did not go well with Mary Kom, who is also an Olympic bronze medallist.”Bindra is an Olympic gold medallist but I too have multiple golds at World Championships. This is not his business, to involve in boxing, to interfere. I don’t talk about shooting, so it is better for him to stay quiet on boxing. He doesn’t know the exact rules of boxing,” Mary Kom said.She added, “He doesn’t know anything about boxing. It is better to be quiet. I don’t think Abhinav would also go for trials before every shooting tournament.”Earlier, former junior world champion boxer Zareen, who was refused a trial by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for the World Championships, had written to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, demanding a “fair chance” to make it to the team for the Olympic qualifiers to be held in February next year.”While I have all the respect for Mary Kom, fact is, an athlete’s life is an offering of proof. Proof that we can be as good as yesterday. Better than yesterday. Better than tomorrows man/woman. In sport, yesterday NEVER counts,” Bindra wrote on his twitter handle on Thursday.Both Bindra and Zareen are associated with JSW group in different capacities.Mary Kom (51kg) claimed her eighth world medal at the recently-concluded championships in Russia and the BFI now plans to send the Manipuri boxer for the Olympic qualifiers in China, moving away from the previous decision to give direct selection only to the gold and silver winners.The BFI criteria for men made it possible for even the bronze-winners to get direct selection.Zareen had lost to Mary Kom at the semifinal of India Open in May this year. last_img read more