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How DCI Is Responding To Plywood Supply Chain Disruption

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse, solid wood, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Like many contract furniture manufacturers, DCI is feeling the impact of lumber shortages because of global supply chain disruption. For contract furniture manufacturers like us, plywood is a key issue. Baltic birch plywood from Russia, a mainstay for case goods, is no longer available because of the war in Ukraine. But even before the war, tariffs on Chinese imports put huge demand on local plywood supplies. When that demand intersected …

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How Finger Joint Boards Make Campus Furniture More Sustainable

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, nuts and bolts, solid wood, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

When you think about sustainability and dorm furniture, you probably don’t visualize the wood joint that holds it all together. But that would be a mistake. Joints matter. A lot. And not just for durability and strength. In particular, I want to highlight the positive impact that finger joint boards can have on the overall resource footprint of your campus furniture. In fact, finger joints conserve more wood than any …

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How to Manage Furniture Supply Chain Disruption

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, Local Sourcing, nuts and bolts by Morgan Dix

Updated 3/2022 If you’re like a lot of purchasing officers or housing professionals in higher ed, you might be scrambling to ensure that you can fulfill your purchasing requirements for 2022. And that makes sense. Furniture supply chains have experienced a perfect storm over the last two years. The global pandemic and its cascading variants. The blockage at the Suez Canal. The US-China trade wars. Even climate change. For example, …

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DCI Awarded $706,000 Community Wood Grant From US Forest Service

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, Local Sourcing, Recycle, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

DCI will use the Community Wood Grant funds to install a renewable biomass cogeneration system to supply heat and electricity to its operation. As part of a decades long initiative to reduce the environmental footprint of our work, starting last year we applied for and won a series of major clean energy grants to upgrade the renewable energy system the heats our factory, kilns, and offices. The Forest Service Community …

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The Circular Economy: DCI End Of Life Furniture Program

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse, solid wood, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

What should you do when your furniture reaches the end of its useful life? That’s a question that we get a lot. And at DCI, we have a program to help you manage your retiring furniture. In short, our goal is to help you keep it out of the landfill. And to be honest, that’s easier than ever before. If you have solid wood furniture, you have lots of options …

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Southwestern University Case Study: Sustainable Purchasing

In Blog, case study, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, GreenCertification, Local Sourcing, Nontoxic, Purchasing and Value, Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse, solid wood, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Summary Southwestern University hired a Sustainability Coordinator and embraced a commitment to zero waste on campus. They reached out to DCI to provide them with sustainable zero waste furniture to furnish two of their residence halls. The Oldest University in Texas Southwestern University (SU) is a private liberal arts school in Georgetown, Texas, just north of Austin. Situated on a 780-acre suburban campus with 1,430 undergrads, the school was founded …

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DCI Wins $250K USDA Renewable Energy Systems Grant

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

I live in the lee of Colorado’s storied front range. The Rocky Mountains are an inspiring and imposing companion and a constant reminder that wilderness is never far away. So it’s disconcerting these days, when so much smoke from nearby wildfires fills the air. I can’t even see the foothills that are normally visible from my home. Floods drenching the Gulf Coast, wildfires burning the West Coast. Catastrophic songbird die-offs …

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Case Study: UC Berkeley

In Blog, case study, Climate Friendly Furniture, Design Resource, Green Manufacturing, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Summary: UC Berkeley built an award winning state of the art LEED gold residence hall called Martinez Commons. DCI furnished it with sustainable solid hardwood and custom designed bedroom and common room furniture. Case Study: UC Berkeley Project Name: Martinez Commons Project Location: Berkeley, CA Dates: 2013 Project Size: 416 Beds, Single & Double Story Units Building Type: Undergrad Housing Project Team: UC Berkeley, Behnisch Architekten, EHDD Architecture, DCI Product List: Bed, Desk, Rolling Pedestal, Underbed Drawer, Bookcase, …

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How Student Wellness & Green Furniture Go Together

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, GreenCertification, Student Engagement by Morgan Dix

How do you manage student wellness in your residence halls? There are a lot of dimensions to wellness. Students these days are under a lot of pressure to perform and compete even before they reach college. Whereas straight A’s and top test scores once guaranteed a spot at the best schools, that’s no longer the case. And once students do start college, they’re expected to rise to higher academic standards …

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NYC Sues Oil Industry for Climate Change Damage and Divests Pension Funds

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Something amazing happened for the climate last week. The headlines read “NYC Sues Oil Industry!” We’re a climate-friendly company with strong sustainability commitments aimed at reducing our carbon output, so we sat up and took note. The Earth is Heating Up Maybe it even made our heart flutter for a moment. So we’ll jump into that good news in just a moment. But first, let’s just set the scene for …