The Refinishing Touch Works With US Army To Improve Soldiers' Living Conditions

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Aging barracks at Ft. Bragg often create sub standard living conditions for military personnel. A low cost, carbon friendly, and quick method to address furniture has been provided by The Refinishing Touch. The end result is a marked improvement in living conditions and a huge savings in government expense when compared to replacing existing furniture and dumping old furniture into a landfill.

GSA-Approved vendor The Refinishing Touch has played a key role in the US Army's Barracks Modernization Program since 1994. In February 2008, The Refinishing Touch refinished nearly 1000 pieces of furniture at the barracks at Fort Bragg including beds, wardrobes, chairs, cabinets, desks, and nightstands.

When Ed Frawley posted his video about the living conditions faced by his son's company at Fort Bragg in mid-April on YouTube, it was a call to action for anyone who viewed it. "This is embarrassing, it's disgusting and it makes me mad as hell." Frawley states in the voiceover showing photographs of peeling paint, pipes leaking sewer gases, and a bathroom floor flooded from overflowing toilets. The Korean-war era barracks needed immediate attention.

However, Frawley does not once mention the condition of the furniture in his YouTube message. Some of the barracks renovations had indeed already been underway before the 82nd Airborne had returned to the North Carolina base a month earlier than anticipated. This included the VOC-free, non-toxic onsite refinishing of their furniture.

In a letter from General John M. Keane, US Army Vice Chief of Staff dated August of 2001, he notes that "Maintenance and repair of furniture are challenges for the Army given the available resources and the fact that furnishings must compete with other installation programs for these funds." Furniture refinished by The Refinishing Touch looks as good as new at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new furniture.

Keane states, "The Army is always interested in new ideas and programs that will ultimately save dollars while enhancing the living conditions of our soldiers." Don't confuse savings with low-quality work. The Refinishing Touch has also refinished furniture in luxury hotels, Ivy League universities, and The White House.

The US Army is not only doing something good for our soldiers by refinishing the furniture in barracks, but they are doing something good for the environment as well.

The Carbon Footprint impact of refinishing the amount of furniture at Fort Bragg's barracks is roughly 1.33 tons of CO2. To purchase new furniture for the same rooms, the CO2 impact would be over 100 times the amount at an estimated 134.1 tons. Refinishing the barracks furniture saved trees from destruction, and saved useful pieces from going to the landfill.

For more information on the environmental impact of buying new furniture versus refinishing existing pieces, contact [email protected] or visit The Refinishing Touch website:

About The Refinishing Touch - Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, The Refinishing Touch works with hospitality chains, casinos, government institutions, and universities nationwide. Winner of the GSA's prestigious Evergreen Award for providing exceptional service that supports sustainability and environmental awareness among US Government suppliers. Throughout its thirty-one year history, The Refinishing Touch has completed thousands of refurbishment initiatives. Other recent US Army refinishing projects for The Refinishing Touch include Fort Huachuca, Fort Belvoir, and Fort Jackson.

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