We are committed to preventing and minimising our environmental impact and have clear goals to ensure we stay on track.
As much as possible we aim to operate in a circular way, using a minimum of energy and materials, keeping our products in use as long as possible and creating a minimum of waste.
Every aspect of a product’s life cycle comes under scrutiny. Continuous assessment and modification of practice is central to the way we work.
We will always tread lightly so as not to compromise the future.
We are a member of the FISP, the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme. We follow a detailed Environmental Management System and are independently audited on an annual basis. Our products can contribute to the sustainability goals of a project and to a good score in environmental assessments such as LEED, BREEAM and SKA rating.
For further information download our full Sustainability Policy or read our seven point policy below.
1. We aim to keep our energy use and CO2 emissions to an absolute minimum, making reductions whenever and wherever we can
To help keep our CO2 emissions as low as possible our HQ and our production facilities draw 80% of their power from solar energy and our London showroom uses electricity from 100% renewable sources.
We try to keep our furniture miles to a minimum by opting for local suppliers whenever possible, carefully managing distribution schedules and keeping all warehousing as close to production as possible. We have clear incentives to encourage staff to cycle to work and car share.
2. We will always avoid depletion of habitat and resources
We shun the superfluous or frivolous, preferring instead, classic products that are designed to last and that are crafted from a minimum of raw materials. In order to protect our precious forests and the biodiversity they support we use only FSC or PEFC certified timber, board, cardboard and paper products. We choose materials with the highest possible recycled content and well-established recycling streams so that we can use closed loop systems wherever possible. We give preference to fabrics that have been created from rapidly renewable materials. The grounds of our HQ and production site have been developed to ensure maximum biodiversity including the planting of many pollinator attracting varieties, a wildflower meadow and the retention of wild spaces.
3. We limit and avoid the use of potentially harmful substances and the creation of emissions
We try to keep to an absolute minimum our use of products containing any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or potentially toxic substances, giving preference to board product with the lowest emissions, naturally flame retardant fabrics and naturally dyed fabrics and hides. Our cork products are bound with a solvent free binder and we will always opt for the least harmful material, process and finish to help protect IAQ, people and planet.
4. We aim to create an absolute minimum of waste and divert as much as possible from landfill
We design products for ease of disassembly so that individual components may be separated for recycling. We have clearly identified recycling streams for everything that can be reused or recycled. We donate all fabric and leather scrap and a wide number of packaging components to a local organisation that provides training opportunities for young adults with learning difficulties and gives access to art and craft materials to local schools, care homes, colleges and creative organisations. All timber waste is recycled less than a mile from our production facilities. All foam remnants are collected for recycling into chip foam. We donate all used ink cartridges to a local charity for recycling. We carefully monitor any waste that is unable to be recycled or re-used so that we can take steps to phase out waste with no recycling stream.
5. We aim to keep our plastic footprint to an absolute minimum
Due to its accumulation in the natural environment, its toxicity and its non-renewable status, we try to keep our plastic footprint as small as possible, opting for renewable and biodegradable materials wherever we can. Where we do use plastic, our aim is to keep use to an absolute minimum, to opt for recycled rather than virgin material and plastics that have well established recycling streams. We are currently using 100% recycled polyethylene and 60% post-consumer PET for two of our product lines. Our moulded foam products use substantially less plastic than traditional upholstery methods and produce no waste. Any off cuts of foam produced by traditional methods are collected for reuse so that every scrap is diverted from landfill. We give preference to fabrics constructed from sustainable fibres or fibres from post-consumer waste. We are phasing out all plastic from our packaging, so that it is entirely recyclable, renewable and compostable and we are working with our suppliers to phase out plastic packaging further up the supply chain. Our canteen has no single use plastics, and never has, no plastic cups, plates, cutlery, straws or plastic lined paper cups are used. We use reusable containers for food and all staff are provided with refillable steel water bottles and fabric shopping bags. Our environmentally friendly cleaning products are refillable and we use pens with recycled paper barrels. Though these changes may be small we think every incremental step counts.
6. We think carefully about who and where we buy from
We have clear procurement policies in line with the Ethical Trading Initiative and the UN Global Compact to ensure that no one along the supply chain has been exploited. For further information download our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy.
7. We have a positive impact on the local community and on society as a whole
We carefully consider how our business practice can benefit our local community and we have close links with several local schools and colleges, providing apprenticeships, internships and donating materials so that creativity can thrive. We sponsor local teams, clubs and Young Enterprise schemes. We encourage our staff to take part in one big annual charity event and we sponsor the work of various charities including Maggie’s, Hope for Children and Movement On The Ground. 10% of the profits from the sale of all our Bob stools goes to support the work of Movement On The Ground, providing displaced individuals with the basic we all need to survive. Read more