Sustainability In The Workplace

Posted On: 03-01-2017
By: Deborah Holt

Before many companies had sustainability plans as part of their business strategy, Sunnyland had a trailblazer for sustainable practices, Pearl Freed Klaussner.

Three generations ago, Pearl, the Sunnyland family preservationist was very adamant about recycling and repurposing before it was even popular.

She insisted on mindful consumption. From crafting notepads out of used sales tickets to keeping the lights off in unoccupied spaces, Pearl made sure Sunnyland employees were conscience of their consumption.

Pearl’s pearls of wisdom helped craft and influence Sunnyland’s current sustainability programs that are still in place today.

One of Sunnyland’s business goals is to meet financial objectives while being socially and environmentally responsible. From newly implemented technology, to programs that it have been in place for years Sunnyland holds itself to high standard.

Sunnyland’s showroom encompasses a lot of square footage, which means using a lot of electricity. Sunnyland does everything it can to minimize its carbon footprint with time sensitive thermostats, low-energy lighting and a mindful practice of unplugging.

Recycling has always been an important part of Sunnyland’s business model. There is a heavy emphasis on the reuse of materials, the paperless delivery processes and the conservative use of products.

One of the many recycling programs is the cardboard recycling. Sunnyland receives and uses a lot of cardboard throughout the year. Every piece of cardboard is collected and sent to the recycling management facility to be turned into pulp for reuse.   

Sunnyland prefers to purchase products from vendors who have good practices. Three examples of this in the product mix are Berlin Gardens, Seaside Casual and Jensen Leisure.

Berlin Gardens uses Poly lumber, which is made from recycled milk jugs. The company’s core mission and values are based on honesty, efficiency, attitude, respect and trust. Sunnyland is able to convey those core values to the customer when introducing them to the product line.

Seaside Casual is made in the USA and manufactures products using HDPE polymer, found in milk jugs, when constructing their furniture. The company also strives to be environmentally responsible with its production processes. Sunnyland assembled a display in its showroom with a Seaside Causal chair and the recycled components that go into its HDPE polymer construction.

Jensen Leisure Furniture is FSC Certified, meaning it uses timber from forests that are managed in a way that preserves ecosystems, biodiversity and water quality.  Jensen Leisure is committed to offering products that are ethically and environmentally manufactured. Sunnyland has informative literature for customers on why FSC is significant and its impact on the global environment.

Sunnyland is dedicated to adopting new sustainability practices in 2017 and will continue to practice the guidelines set in place by Pearl. 

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