Eco Initiatives

Taking care of the environment is important to Walter E Smithe Furniture. As one of Chicagoland’s biggest retailers, we understand we have the potential to make a positive impact on the environment.

By selling top-quality furniture with a top-notch warranty at our Chicago area furniture stores, we offer products that will last, and we believe that is the first step in making green furniture choices. The furniture sold at Walter E Smithe Furniture isn’t the disposable stuff that will take up space in a landfill in a few years. Further, our professional refinishing and upholstery shops provide the ultimate repurposing as they double the life span of items our clients already own. Our craftsmen are experts at furniture restoration and will recover your living room sofa and chairs or refinish wood furniture and antiques so that you get the exact look you want.

Not only do we strive to offer high-quality products that minimize stress on the environment, but the choices we make internally also reflect our values. For example:

*We have greatly reduced the number of light bulbs in our stores and replaced what remains with high-efficiency bulbs. Since the change, we’ve reduced our electrical usage by 25%.

*In our warehouse, we switched from standard 450 watt fixture bulbs to florescent fixtures that use only 225 watts. The warehouse lights also operate on occupancy sensors.

*Shopping bags in our stores are made with recycled paper and water based inked.

*All cardboard, Styrofoam, plastic and paper used in our warehouse is either recycled or repurposed. On average, every month Walter E Smithe Furniture recycles:

  • 2000 lbs of white paper
  • 55,000 lbs of cardboard
  • 60-80 wood skids
  • 400-500 lbs of metal scrap

*Employees at our Chicago-based headquarters drink from reusable cups and mugs.

*All washroom paper towels in our stores and headquarters are made from 100% recycled material. Additionally, soap in our store washrooms does not contain the controversial chemical triclosan.

*Walter E. Smithe shopping bags are made from recycled paper and use water based ink.



Walter E Smithe has a large selection of quality furniture and we invite you to browse our selection of living room sectionals, dining room tables, and much more on our website. If you do have pieces in your home that are in good condition but don’t match your design aesthetic, Walter E Smithe furniture restoration is the perfect green solution! To learn more about our eco initiatives or furniture restoration at Walter E Smithe, stop by one of our Chicagoland furniture stores or contact us online!

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