Omni-channel furniture retailer proves that eco-friendly operations can co-exist with business growth
MANCHESTER, Conn. – October 18, 2021 – Bob’s Discount Furniture, one of the largest and fastest growing furniture retailers in the United States, was recently recognized as a leader in sustainability by both the environmental-impact non-profit Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).
SFC analyzes the environmental and health impact of home-furnishing products and assists companies in adopting eco-friendly practices. In addition, they are a resource to consumers, serving as an information clearinghouse and providing an environmental “symbol of assurance.” Companies recognized by SFC lead the industry in best practices throughout their supply chains and demonstrate a commitment to a healthy future, inside and out. The goal is to encourage furniture retailers, large and small, to implement robust policies that drive responsible wood sourcing practices through their complex supply chains.
“It has been great to work with Bob’s Discount Furniture this year. I am especially proud of the company for the great strides made in implementing their quite robust wood sourcing policy,” said Susan Inglis, executive director, Sustainable Furnishings Council. “In some circles, there may be a loosening of vigilance as supply chains are constrained, but with this policy and implementation, I know we do not have to worry about that at BDF, and I appreciate it!”
As Bob’s, which now boasts 150 stores nationwide, continues to rapidly expand its business across the United States, sustainability has been a core focus across all business practices. In addition to utilizing responsible wood sourcing, Bob’s is committed to recycling mattresses and packaging materials. In 2020 alone, the company recycled 68,292 pieces of bedding, 222 tons of foam, and 295 tons of plastic film.
“Bob’s Discount Furniture is proud to be recognized for a third year in a row by the SFC as a leader in responsible wood sourcing and we value their continued support,” said Lucas Macedo, Vice President, Merchandise QA and Compliance, Bob’s Discount Furniture.
To be assessed by SFC and NWF, Bob’s provided data points on several of its in-flight sustainability practices related to responsible wood sourcing. Bob’s provides more details on the Social Responsibility page on its website.
About Bob’s Discount Furniture
Founded in 1991, Bob’s Discount Furniture is one of the fastest growing furniture retailers in the country. Keeping true to its founding principle that everyone deserves quality furniture, Bob’s provides unsurpassed value with honesty and integrity. Through all the work that happens behind the scenes, Bob’s engineers this value, offering its discount on a wide variety of stylish, quality furnishings, mattresses, and home accents.
With 150 furniture stores across 23 states, the Manchester, Connecticut-based company has become the 10th-largest U.S. furniture chain. In 2021, MyBobs.com was named one of “America’s Best Trending Online Shops” by Newsweek, and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by both the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) and the National Wildfire Federation (NWF). The company also offers a unique and enjoyable shopping experience, featuring cafes in each store with complimentary gourmet coffee, ice cream, cookies, and candy.
Bob’s is committed to supporting local communities through a variety of charitable giving efforts. Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation has anchored the company’s philanthropic work for more than 20 years. Additionally, the Bob’s Outreach program was created as a separate entity to help schools and children-related charities. In total, Bob’s and its Foundation donate more than $2.75 million to charities through these programs each year. For more information on Bob’s charitable programs, visit Bob’s Cares, and follow Bob’s on Twitter @MyBobs, on Facebook, and Instagram.