By TreeLiving The Sustainable Furniture Council (SFC) is the first organization in green home furnishings, a non-profit coalition of major manufacturers, retailers and interior designers committed to promoting sustainable practices in the furniture industry. SFC advocates and followers believe that we are facing dangerous global climate changes and it is our responsibility to take actions in this matter. Their main goal is to develop strategies to help minimize carbon emissions, waste stream pollutants, un-recyclable content and primary materials from unsustainable sources. The SFC Life Cycle Assessment The Life Cycle Assessment is a standardization process to make sure all claims are valid and all products meet the environmental marketing guides and attorney general green guides. This means you cannot say you’re environmentally friendly without having gone through the SFC’s Life Cycle Assessment to prove you are. In order to obtain sustainable product certification, the Life Cycle Assessment identifies twelve environmental benefits or impacts including: – Global Warming – Acidification – Ozone Depletion – Eutrophication – Photochemical Smog – Human Health – Ecological Toxicity – Fossil Fuel Depletion – Habitat Alteration – Criteria Air Pollutants – Water Intake – Solid and Hazardous Waste The SFC organization believes that Life Cycle Assessment is the best method to analyze the environmental impact of the companies that want to apply for the membership, which include all the materials that go into their products. Their main objectives are: • To raise awareness on sustainability • To assist companies in adopting sustainable practices • To serve as an information clearing house • To create a symbol of assurance for consumers The SFC is leader in the industry and works to set the standards in sustainable furniture and design manufacturing.