JUNE 2020 (Tualatin, OR) – This month, Oregon Business Magazine named its 2020 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon, recognizing employers with best-in-class sustainable workplace practices. Hartmann&Forbes, appearing on the list for its ninth consecutive year and continuing to rise up the ranks, came in at #21 jumping from #32 in 2019 and #48 in 2018.
“We are proud of this award as it indicates that we continue to improve in a category that is at the core of our brand,” explains Michael Jones, Hartmann&Forbes Founder. “True that sustainability for us was all about the environment. But as we’ve grown our business and learned more, we have embraced the idea that being socially responsible is also part of sustainability.”
Hartmann&Forbes, maker of luxurious all-natural windowcoverings, wallcoverings and textiles, continues to work diligently to reframe the context of responsible design by making products in ways that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Passionately committed to drive change within the industry, the company continues to lead the industry and brainstorm ways they can reach the next level of sustainability.
Handwoven and crafted with natural fibers including ramie, water hyacinth, and abaca fibers, each Hartmann&Forbes product begins with the careful examination and selection of premium natural fibers. By cultivating unique natural fibers from well-managed ecosystems and weaving near the source, they ensure authentic craftsmanship that leaves a smaller environmental footprint. The company crafts the majority of its products using materials and techniques that have low or no levels of VOC’s, minimizing the impact products have on indoor air quality. In addition, each of Hartmann&Forbes natural products are designed and crafted using components that can be recycled, recrafted or composted at the end of its lifecycle.
In addition to all this, the company started Project Green in 2005, a company-wide collaborative effort that empowers the entire staff to suggest and participate in ways to improve its efforts. Project green has led to numerous initiatives including the use of Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper, corporate recycling, a renewable energy program, the use of recyclable shipping products and more.
Celebrating its 12th year, and based on Oregon Business widely recognized 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon ranking, the 100 Best Green Workplaces come from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, professional and business services, construction, and the nonprofit sector.