Glossary: Eco3Home

An American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) program that provides a roadmap for home furnishings companies to create a corporate culture of conservation and environmental stewardship. The first level is an environmental management system implemented at the facility level called Enhancing Furniture’s Environmental Culture (EFEC). It results in improved management of resources and raw materials; reduced energy and water consumption; reduced waste disposal and increased recycling. The second level extends the corporate culture of conservation and environmental stewardship throughout a company’s global supply chain and is called Sustainable by Design (SBD). It targets four key areas: environmental impact of the supply chain, global climate impact, overall environmental footprint and social responsibility. The third and final level is a product registration program resulting in the companies being able to use the Eco3Home hangtag.  It requires manufacturers to provide safety, health and environmental information for each piece or collection of registered product.