We place the highest priority on conducting business in an environmentally, socially, and economically responsible way.
Operations benefit from ownership of our own sawmill, uniquely positioning DCI within the college residence hall furniture market, and enabling us to adhere to our environmental principles because we control the entire manufacturing process—from start to finish.
For organizations that own standing hardwood timber, we can provide a “chain of custody” for logs harvested from the customer’s property. These logs can be delivered to our sawmill, dried in our kilns, according to our manufacturing standards and delivered back to the customer as completed furniture. We’ve been doing this at Dartmouth College. You can read more about that here.
Ahead of EPA standards, our roll-applied finishing process emits Zero VOC’s (chemicals emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids that have adverse health effects).
No Wood Waste
DCI’s vertical integration and high yield rough mill allow us to maximize the use of all of our wood. We use left over hardwood to build our internal furniture components rather than buying Poplar or other species. Wood that cannot be used in furniture construction is recycled back into our process to make steam in our boilers and power our factory.
All waste byproducts of our manufacturing processes are used to make steam and/or electricity for our factory. When our wood boiler is in use, the factory does not consume any gas or oil (even during cold New Hampshire winters). By using a wood boiler to run our kilns and heat our factory and offices, we are saving an average of 68 gallons of oil an hour or over 200,000 gallons of oil per year!
No Rainforest Species:
Our policies bar the use of all rain forest species and ensure that we do not purchase illegally harvested wood.
95% of the steel used for our bedsprings is made from salvaged railroad track.
Load optimizing software is used to ensure shipments are loaded to full capacity. We use recycled material to protect our shipments, and by maximizing load capacity we use as little material as needed to protect our shipments. We do not use Styrofoam.
Reducing our carbon footprint within our logistics operations is also accomplished by shipping our product by rail. A fully loaded container of DCI furniture weighs 10 tons. If the distance is 3,000 miles by rail, we are only using 60 gallons of diesel fuel to move one of our containers across the country. This calculation is based on information provided by CSX Rail Transportation.