Climate change is a hot topic. Many experts agree that reforesting our planet is critical if we are to reverse biodiversity loss and head off the worst of climate change. Trees provide habitat to animals, store water, absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen through photosynthesis; they are thus a strong best ally to fight climate change. Forests also provide jobs to approximately 1.6 billion people worldwide. Because Palmer Snyder uses plywood in our legacy products we feel it is imperative that we take concrete steps to “give back”.
We are partnering with a premier reforestation program with OneTreePlanted. Under this initiative, beginning in May 2022, we will donate a portion of our profits each quarter to their vigorous One-for-One program. For every dollar donated OneTreePlanted plants one tree.
OneTreePlanted has planted more than 40MM trees since 2014. Our participation in the program will be to repopulate forests in the Americas, where a super majority of the trees sourced for our products are from. We will plant these trees in areas where we source raw materials such as palm, soya, paper, coffee, or coconut, and where precious forested ecosystems such as forests, mangroves – hotspots for biodiversity – have been depleted. As the forests are restored, we will also ai to protect and restore other valuable ecosystems such as wetlands, peatlands and grasslands.
Reforestation programs are divided into two broad categories: ‘offsetting’ and ‘insetting’ programs. In the case of carbon offsetting programs, the planting of trees occurs in a location different from where the company’s greenhouse gas emissions originate. This is to do with the Palmer Snyder program plan. All trees will be planted under the supervision of the World Resources Institute, a leading environmental organization in the field of sustainable agriculture.
When forests thrive everyone stands to benefit; farmers and their communities, species who need and use the forest for their habitat, loggers and arborists who are employed and all of us via a stronger ecosystem.
Palmer Snyder is a recognized market leader in providing high quality portable furniture products. We hold environmental management as one of the highest corporate priorities. As a responsible member of the business community, we make the following Environmental Policy Statement an explicit and integral part of our corporate business objective and operating philosophy.
Strive for improved energy conservation in existing operations. Invest in technologies and systems that enhance energy conservation. Include energy management as an integral part of all planning for future projects.
Identify and understand the direct and indirect impact that PS Furniture facilities, operations, business practices, products and services may have on health, safety and the environment. Identify potential areas of concern and develop pro-active guidelines.
Promote wildlife and habitat conservation through procuring materials from renewable sources.
Educate Palmer Snyder employees on the content of this Environmental Policy Statement and encourage them to think and act environmentally on the job and at home.
Products and Services
Develop products and services with no undue environmental impact and are safe in their intended use, that are efficient in their consumption of energy and natural resources, and that can be recycled, reused, or disposed of safely.
Minimize the creation of wastes in our operations and business activities. Dispose of wastes conscientiously and creatively by encouraging a reduce/reuse/recycle mentality, and by developing programs and facilities that promote this attitude.
Laws and Regulations
Make every effort to understand and adhere to, not only the spirit, but the letter of environmental laws and regulations. Work to identify issues that may not yet be identified in the law, but could result in adverse environmental effects. Strive to exceed required levels of compliance wherever feasible.
Seek business relationships with companies that demonstrate environmental ethics. Encourage vendors, suppliers and participant companies to conduct business in an environmentally responsible manner.
Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals.
Proposition 65 also prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water.
Proposition 65 requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.
Proposition 65 became law in November 1986, when California voters approved it by a 63-37 percent margin. The official name of Proposition 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.