DeskMakers is aware of the growing concerns related to the the impact of our products on the environment and human health. Therefore, we are working diligently to manufacture office furniture that is as environmentally-friendly as possible.
In our factory in Commerce, CA, we strive to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials wherever possible. The main component of our furniture is particle board, which is composed of 100% pre-consumer recycled wood waste. This means that by weight, approximately 80% of the content of our casegoods product is recycled material. We have a state-of-the-art dust collection system that not only helps to minimize the amount of dust released into the air, but also collects sawdust which is recycled into other products. The glues, finishes, and solvents used in our factory all comply with the stringent regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the Los Angeles Air Quality Management District (AQMD).
In compliance with regulations adopted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the amount of urea-formaldehyde used in our particle board was greatly reduced as of January 1, 2009. (For an upcharge, we are able to produce product that is free of added urea-formaldehyde.) One way that DeskMakers minimizes our environmental impact is by minimizing the distance required to ship our products to end-users. Our factory is within 500 miles of all the major metropolitan areas of California, Arizona, and Nevada. Customer projects installed in these areas qualify for LEED certification points due to the proximity of DeskMakers’ factory. Another point to consider is that most DeskMakers’ products delivered to customers in the states of CA, AZ, and NV is shipped blanket-wrapped, greatly reducing the volume of packaging material that needs to be recycled or thrown in the garbage. In certain situations, DeskMakers’ products delivered to other states can also be shipped blanket-wrapped, although additional charges may apply.