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Seven new members for furniture sustainability scheme

* envirnoment.jpgA sustainability scheme, internationally recognised as the environmental benchmark for the furniture industry, has gained seven new members in the last six months, including the first Irish company to achieve certification.

To achieve membership of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP) an organisation must demonstrate its commitment to managing and improving sustainability. FISP, which is audited by FIRA International, was launched in 2006 to support and promote sustainable development in the furniture industry.

The new members are:

* Richmond Cabinet Company, a designer and manufacturer of kitchen cabinets based in Derbyshire, joined in January 2014.
* Anco Storage, a designer and manufacturer of storage walls based in West Sussex, joined in September 2013.
* Thomas Montgomery, a designer and manufacturer of office chairs and soft seating from County Wicklow in the Republic of Ireland, joined in October 2013 and is the first Irish company to achieve FISP certification.
* Axcess Solutions, a distributor, designer and installer of office furniture for the contract market based in Marlow, joined in November 2013.
* Pineapple Contracts, a designer, manufacturer and installer of furniture for the specialist healthcare and contract sector based in Kent, joined in November 2013.
* Jennifer Newman Studio, a designer which offers a range of indoor and outdoor furniture pieces and based in London's Clerkenwell, joined in December 2013.
* KI (UK), a subsidiary of American KI Inc. (Krueger International), is a designer and manufacturer of workplace and educational furniture ranges, joined in December 2013. Part of one of the world's largest furniture manufacturing groups, KI's European headquarters are in Central London.

James Bell, FIRA's Environmental Consultant, sayss: "With many contracts listing sustainability as a requirement for all new furniture purchases and statistics that show consumers are becoming more 'green' aware, FISP membership demonstrates a company's sustainability credentials. As well as protecting the environment there are many benefits of becoming a FISP member, including potential cost savings by reducing waste and saving energy.

"We are really pleased that Richmond Cabinet Company, Anco Storage, Thomas Montgomery, Axcess Solutions, Pineapple Contracts, Jennifer Newman Studio and KI (UK) have achieved FISP certification by showing that sustainable development is at the core of their business ethos. We look forward to working alongside them in the future."

FISP focuses on a variety of sustainability issues across a company including purchasing, end of life management, transportation, waste and energy management. Membership is reviewed on an annual basis and members are required to demonstrate their commitment to managing and improving sustainability.

FISP has over 75 members internationally, including Teal, Magnet, Moores Furniture Group, Premiere Kitchens, Sealy UK and Senator International.

T: +44 (0) 1438 777 602
E: jbell@fira.co.uk or call
W: www.fispfurniture.com

4th April 2014




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