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SFC Earth Day luncheon to focus on ‘Home Health'

SFC logoCHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Sustainable Furnishings Council is hosting a lunch during the upcoming High Point Market that will focus on the impact the furnishings in one's home can have on inhabitants' health, the organization announced.

SFC's "Earth Day Luncheon: Healthy Homes" will explore new information that links home furnishings, namely materials used in construction and finishing of home products, to homeowners' health and wellness.

Set for Monday, April 22, the luncheon will be moderated by interior designer Jillian Prichard Cooke, president of DES-SYN and founder of Wellness Within Your Walls. Panelists will include SFC Exemplary manufacturer members Barry Cik, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and founder of Naturepedic; Norman Coley, president of upholstery leader Lee Industries; and Gat Caperton, owner of domestic furniture brand Gat Creek.

According to a press release, "New research and the resulting media attention are making industry leaders-and consumers-more aware of the risks to our health from exposure to toxic chemicals, many of which are found in the home furnishings industry."

The New York Times published a report March 30 about n-propyl bromide, or nPB, an adhesive used in domestic furniture manufacturing. The article states that "Medical researchers, government officials and even chemical companies that once manufactured nPB have warned for over a decade that it causes neurological damage and infertility when inhaled at low levels over long periods, but its use has grown 15-fold in the past six years."

SFC's panel of experts will explore how to wade through the latest data about toxicity and determine the right path for businesses. "We want to do everything we can to reduce toxins and ultimately lead to healthier lives," Cooke said. "We'll explore methods for both educating current customers and reaching new ones by promoting well-being through safe, non-toxic and low-impact practices."

"Earth Day Luncheon: Healthy Homes" will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the IHFC, 11th Floor, Green Wing Ballroom. The event is free of charge and includes a vegetarian lunch, but seating will be limited and advance registration is required. To secure a spot at the luncheon, email

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