Energy produced in 2022 equals the amount used in our production, showrooms and sales offices.
Working sustainably is a key element of our strategy, our culture and our day-to-day operations. We want our products to contribute to sustainable development through creativity, innovation, and constant learning. Cooperation with our suppliers, our customers, and the local communities where we operate is essential. Sustainability is a project that never ends, it’s an ongoing journey towards an evolving destination.
During 2022 84% of all wood-based material bought was FSC® certified.
To better understand how to reduce the climate impact, we have carried out extensive life cycle analyses for eleven of our product series, which represent a majority of our sales. The results are based on specific data, third party verified and published in EPD:s, easy accessible for everyone. The most important finding was that 80% of the climate footprint and 75–95% of the total environmental footprint lies in the production of raw material and components, mainly metals and textiles.
In 2022 we became a net producer of renewable energy, thanks to geothermal heating and over 4200 solar panels installed on the factory roof, producing around 1500 MWh annually. Together with energy efficient processes, this results in only 2–3% of the product’s climate footprint coming from manufacturing.
It is very clear that we now need to focus on our supply chain. We are committed to finding material with the lowest climate impact possible, encourage suppliers to shift to renewable energy and work with local suppliers to minimize transports. Reaching net zero will be very challenging, but we believe we can succeed, in close cooperation with our suppliers and customers.
We work with timeless design and certified materials, and by 2030 our products will be 100% circular.
We know that circularity starts in the design phase. Our primary goal is to create well-designed products that are attractive enough to survive a move from one office to another. For a long time we have been working with pure and recyclable material. However, few of our products are possible to fully disassemble. Complete reuse or material recyclability is therefore one of our most challenging tasks. We are now working our way through our product range making changes.
We also commit to constantly increase the amount of recycled material. So far more than 40% of filling, fibre board, aluminium foil and casted aluminium is recycled. The packaging material is up to 80% recycled.
To be a part of a true circular economy renewable material must be sustainably produced. In 2021 we decided that all wood-based material used in our products should come from responsible forestry. We are now certified according to the FSC Chain of Custody and in 2023 we will reach our goal of 100% FSC certified wood. In 2022 84% of the wood-based material we bought was certified with FSC Mix (FSC-C170086).
To give our products a long life span we choose high quality materials such as aluminium and solid wood. The e3 ceramic steel whiteboard surface we use has a 30-year guarantee. Elimination of hazardous substances is a necessity for circularity. Therefore, we choose fabrics and filling certified with EU Ecolabel or Oekotex. No biocidal products are used.
We certify our products with the Swedish assessment systems Byggvarubedömningen and Möbelfakta. Möbelfakta is a Swedish labelling system covering quality, environment, and social responsibility. Requirements include EN and ISO quality standards, absence of hazardous substances and compliance to the UN Global Compact principles. It is a type 1 eco-label according to ISO 14024. We are also ISO 14001-certified.
We are certified according to the FSC® chain of custody (License Code: FSC-C170086).
Our employees include several generations of people with experience in manufacturing everything from Swedish art glass to flat-pack furniture, from textiles to automobiles.
By delegating responsibilities and powers we want to create a working environment that provides physical wellbeing and mental satisfaction. It is of highest priority that the people contributing to our products, work under good conditions and that human rights always are protected and promoted. We have chosen third party audits according to SMETA to verify compliance with the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) base code and our own Supplier Code of conduct.
Finally, we want our products to empower the people using them, by making innovation, learning and creativity possible.
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Today, 80% of our products are manufactured at our factory in Nybro, Småland.