Robert Craymer Life builds the absolute best Eco-Positive furniture on Earth. We only use the best of the best materials from certified Eco-Positive Suppliers. Our expert craftsmen, design, build and assemble all of our products in California. Our furniture is "RC Life Eco-Positive".
What do we mean by, "RC Life Eco-Positive"?
Claiming that any furniture is 100% Eco-Positive can be misleading. We at RC Life only make the claim that we do our utmost to use the cleanest, reusable, sustainable, chemical free materials. We will never knowingly use any "eco-negative" materials. Any piece, in any style, with any customization you require - be it unique, an old style, or something you saw in a magazine, RC Life will build it for you out of sustainable materials making it "RC Life Eco-Positive".
All RC Life products are composed of fire retardant free components.
All RC Life products are VOC free - Volatile organic compounds (VOC) means any compound of carbon, excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides or carbonates and ammonium carbonate, which participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions, except those designated by EPA as having negligible photochemical reactivity. Read more at: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/technical-overview-volatile-organic-compounds
If you desire specific materials, leathers, woods, metals or any other components from a company or supplier that you want us to use, Robert Craymer Life will take care of everything.
Organic, eco-friendly, green, sustainable... all buzz-words you've read about. But are their claims true?
Robert Craymer Life does not manufacture wood, textiles, notions, metal, hardware, glues, stains, lacquers, sealers or batting. We source all of the components we use to manufacture the furniture we build from true, provable, eco-positive companies.
1. Chemicals imbedded in your furniture are or can be harmful to humans.
Read: EPA Website Search "Furniture Chemicals".
2. Fire Retardants in your furniture should be avoided.
Read: EWG's Healthy Home Tips: Tip 4 - Avoid Fire Retardants
Where do our textiles come from?
Robert Craymer Life only uses textiles from eco-positive suppliers...
The fabrics we live with:
- contain a lot of chemicals - chemicals that are sometimes outlawed in other products - such as:
- Even a fabric that is advertised as being made of "100% organic cotton" is actually about 77% cotton and 23% synthetic chemicals (if conventionally processed, as most are).
The fabrics we live with also contribute to environmental pollution:
- Textile processing uses a lot of water - it takes about 500 gallons to make enough fabric to cover just one sofa, making the textile industry the #1 industrial polluter of fresh water in the world.
- Textile processing also uses great quantities of chemicals: it can take 25 pounds of chemicals to create the fabric for that one sofa. The process water, full of chemicals, may be dumped into our groundwater untreated, where it will first impact fish and other aquatic animals, and then it will be used by farmers to irrigate fields, entering our food chain.
Organic fabrics are made from natural (preferably organically grown) fibers. But what makes a fabric "organic" is not simply the fact that organic fibers are used, but that the entire process was done using chemicals which have been found to be safe for humans. Think of making applesauce: you can start with organic apples, but if you add Red Dye #2, preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers and other synthetic chemicals, the USDA won't let you call the finished product "organic". The same is true with fabrics.
That doesn't mean that we do not use chemicals - only that the chemicals used have been proven not to alter your genetic makeup or cause other health problems for you, frogs, hummingbirds and other living creatures.
If you buy a fabric from RC LIfe, not only do you receive the fabric, you also enjoy:
• Clean water
• Better health
• A better environment
Important Notice: Robert Craymer Life does use fabrics containing "viscose". Although the production of viscose can be dangerous, in its final form it is completely safe.
Hemp is an extremely fast growing crop, producing more fiber yield per acre than any other source. Hemp can produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same amount of land. The amount of land needed for obtaining equal yields of fiber place hemp at an advantage over other fibers. Hemp grows best in warm tropical zones or in moderately cool, temperate climates, such as the United States. Hemp leaves the soil in excellent condition for any succeeding crop, especially when weeds may otherwise be troublesome. Where the ground permits, hemp's strong roots descend for three feet or more. The roots anchor and protect the soil from runoff, building and preserving topsoil and subsoil structures similar to those of forests. Moreover, hemp does not exhaust the soil. Hemp plants shed their leaves all through the growing season, adding rich organic matter to the topsoil and helping it retain moisture. Farmers have reported excellent hemp growth on land that had been cultivated steadily for nearly 100 years.
Additionally, each RC Life textile product must pass a Sustainable Biodegradable Products Certification. The SBP® certification label informs the consumer about each step that takes place when a product is made, from the raw materials used to the labor conditions involved. We are proud to offer full transparency for the life cycle of our products. All certifications offered are listed within our transparency and where they fit in. We are industry leaders in the effort to improve corporate responsibility and transparency in manufacturing processes and labeling. EnviroTextiles personally manages each of our suppliers across the globe and also provides these communities with jobs, infrastructure, and community support.
Where does our leather come from?
Robert Craymer Life only uses leathers from eco-positive leather suppliers.
Robert Craymer Life recognizes that health, safety and environmental management are our primary responsibility and an integral part of our function in the production of leather hides. As responsible members of the global community we have adopted these quality standards as key business practices.
RC Life leather is a result of our continuing efforts to improve the environment in which we live.
To do so we promise to:
- Comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
- Follow a path of continuous improvement to make the best use of our knowledge.
- Ensure that our products are safe and free from harmful toxic chemicals.
- Work closely with our clients to provide the best customer satisfaction.
- Look for and develop new methods of production to improve our quality and decrease our impact on the environment.
It is our goal that with our commitment to the highest standards of quality (ISO/TS 169:2002) we will exceed the expectations of our customers.
What wood products do we use?
Robert Craymer Life only uses wood that is either reclaimed, sustainable and/or not harvested from genetically modified trees.
Much of our wood is FSC-certified. But this isn't always possible. For instance, where some reclaimed wood originated is often impossible to deduce. To not use this wood, if it's chemically free, clean and solid is irresponsible.
Our furniture frames are built with US grown alder hardwood. We purchase our alder from suppliers who are PEFC certified. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed resolutions declaring that alder and other U.S. hardwoods are “An abundant, sustainable and legal resource under the United States rule of law.”
Alder regenerates naturally and prolifically; it flourishes in areas where other species may not. It provides a unique benefit to the forest: Its nitrogen-fixing root system adds nutrients to soils and helps neighboring species such as Douglas Fir, Cedar and Hemlock thrive.
What wood stain do we use?
Our use of Brazilian Rosewood Oil as a base not only creates a stain that penetrates deeper and makes your wood last longer, but this carefully harvested crop guarantees continued jobs in an area that is destroying its ecosystem.
Brazilian Rosewood Oil is harvested from the carefully gathered pod of the Brazilian rosewood tree. This oil is found in the fruit of the trees that grow on the dry plains and is the essential ingredient of the stains we use. No other wood finishing product contains this special oil.
Our commitment to the environment extends past our raw materials. We believe in keeping all of the environments we meet with directly, or indirectly, safe be they working environments or living environments.
We believe in creating a safe environment for our workers. We do not create wastewaters in our manufacturing process.
We believe in the continued search to find sustainably harvested ingredients that occur naturally and will provide jobs to areas that are destroying their habitats to preserve employment.
We believe that one way of caring for our environment is by wisely using our limited wood resources to create items of beauty, function, and permanence. Penofin guarantees the preservation of manufactured wood items.
We have a responsibility to make our world a place in which we want our children and grandchildren to grow. The Native Americans had a way of looking at the decisions they made - how will it affect the seventh generation. We want to make decisions that will positively affect the seventh generation and more.
What we build with our limited resources should be cared for with appreciation. In doing so, we'll help assure our continued existence on this earth.
Where do our metal components come from?
Robert Craymer Life uses only high quality steel springs, stainless steel rails, legs and feet and steel screws and staples.
Although the elements and resources that go into producing metal products are nonrenewable, metal can be recycled, making it a hybrid between renewable and nonrenewable classification. According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, or ISRI, as cited by Earth911.com, "81.6 million tons of iron and steel, 5 million tons of aluminum and 1.8 million tons of copper" are recycled each year. Other recyclable metals include brass, zinc, magnesium, tin and lead. Many of these can be recycled endlessly, eliminating the need for virgin, nonrenewable resources.
The bottom line on how "environmentally friendly" steel is - realistically it can only score a 5 out of 10. We can only do the best we can. Fortunately, steel does not bleed toxins into your environment. Robert Craymer Life only uses steel products that have not been painted or chemically treated.