HIGH POINT — The Sustainable Furnishings Education Fund, managed by the Sustainable Furnishings Council, has allocated a $5,000 grant toward an interior designer survey to promote health and sustainability objectives.

The award is from the American Society of Interior Designers Irene Winifred Eno Grant, and it will fund a survey entitled, “What’s it made of?”, identifying what interior designs understand about hazardous chemicals used in the manufacturing of home furnishings.

The survey results will be used to develop education materials and resources that support interior designers to effectively design healthier interiors for their clients.

“The ASID grant makes it possible for us to deliver actionable information to the design trade regarding harmful chemicals used in furnishings,” said Susan Inglis, SFC executive director, adding that the designer trade is responsible for close to 25% of annual U.S. furniture sales.

Interior designers may participate in the survey by filling out an online questionnaire. The deadline for responses is Sept. 30. Participants are eligible to enter a raffle for an annual SFC membership or a spot in the SFC Greenleaders educational program.

The new educational tools are expected to launch in early 2021, but survey respondents will receive a chart to help them recognize which hazardous items to avoid now.

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