Even in Blue, Maine Cottage is Green
Maine Cottage® is committed to preserving the resources of our world for future generations. It is our corporate goal to minimize the environmental impacts of our company operations through the continual improvement of waste reduction and use of sustainable materials and practices.
Our standard upholstery is made domestically with the following world-friendly components:
- Kiln-dried frames made from responsibly harvested hardwoods from domestic suppliers. Our manufacturer is a certified member of the Appalachian Hardwoods Manufacturing initiative (www.appalachianhardwood.info)
- Eight-way hand-tied coil springs made from approximately 50% recycled metal
- Water-based wood adhesive with no VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions
- Seat deck and trim pad made from 80% regenerated fibers
- Foam padding and foam seat cushion cores made from at least 10% natural plant-based ingredients, such as corn or soy
- The majority of our fabrics are made from 100% renewable plant and natural-based fibers such as cotton and linen
In addition to the standard world-friendly components listed above, you can elevate your commitment to sustainable practices by requesting our optional Down2Earth cushion upgrade which adds the following to the standards listed above:
- Down2Earth Seat Cushions: a core of high-resiliency bio-based foam that replaces at least 20% of the petroleum based contents with natural plant based ingredients, such as soy or corn, is wrapped in a layer of fiber primarily made from post-consumer regenerated fibers, and production technology and contains organic, halogen-free fire retardants
- Down2Earth Back Cushions & Throw Pillows The backs and throws are filled with 100% post-consumer regenerated fiber, which is then blown into a 100% cotton casing. These regenerated fibers begin as recycled plastic drink bottles that are reprocessed into fluffy fiber
Our painted furniture is built domestically and painted with the care and quality materials that enable it to maintain its value over time. The woods we use – maple, poplar, and maple veneers – were chosen because of their durability and sustainability. The strong materials and sturdy building techniques we employ are intended to ensure our furniture stays true for generations. The solid wood our builders use is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to come from well-managed forests that continually replenish trees for harvest.
The volatile organic compound (VOC) content of waterborne paints is significantly lower than conventional solvent-based paints. By using these water-based finishing products on our vibrantly-colored wood furniture, we are reducing VOC emissions to make our work environment safe and absent of hazardous fumes.
When sourcing products and vendors that extend beyond furniture production we are conscientious about entering into agreements with companies who share in our commitment to ecological balance and organic sustainability.