SUSTAINABILITY AND DESIGN
Our well-being depends on many factors, including the environment we live in.
Both mentally and physically.
When the environment around us is good, we feel good.
This is why it is particularly important for us to ensure that our operations and those of our suppliers are fair.
At each stage of the production cycle, we ask ourselves what is most sustainable – for the end user, the manufacturer and the environment.
IT ALL STARTS AT THE DRAWING BOARD (DESIGN PHASE)
In the design of a product, three criteria are central: the product should contribute to less sedentary/ more mobility, last as long as possible and be adaptable according to needs.
For our height-adjustable table, for example, this means that the student can switch between different working positions, that components can be replaced, that the materials are durable and environmentally friendly, and that it can be used by young and old alike.
We also strive for a design that follows the shapes of nature and stimulates inherent movement patterns.
MATERIAL SELECTION WITH ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS (MATERIAL SELECTION/SOURCING PHASE)
As far as possible, we choose environmentally friendly materials (wood rather than plastic, etc.), which can be sourced in Scandinavia and which meet limits on chemical content.
Many of our textiles are environmentally certified (e.g. OEKO-TEX).
Where possible, we use recycled plastic and for some products we offer a “best environmental alternative”, such as the PVC-free cork standing mat.
In the long term, the ambition is for the “alternative” to become standard.
FAIR FOR THE MANUFACTURER (MANUFACTURING PHASE)
Environmental aspects and proximity are central to our choice of manufacturers.
The majority have their production in Scandinavia, where the requirements for good working conditions are relatively strict.
Manufacturing close to the end customer also means less transportation.
MINIMAL PACKAGING AND SMART LOGISTICS (DISTRIBUTION PHASE)
We mainly use 100 percent recycled Swedish paper and avoid unnecessary printing and color.
To minimize transport to our customers, we collect all products from one supplier and optimize the space in the freight.
It’s a win-win situation.
GOOD FOR THE BODY, DURABLE, ADAPTABLE (USE PHASE)
It bears repeating.
All our products should contribute to less sedentary and/or more mobile users.
They should not break in the first place and parts should be replaceable when worn.
And as needs change, products can be adapted to new applications and users.
PAVING THE WAY FOR A SECOND LIFE (RECYCLING PHASE)
Through flexible products, we try to pave the way for reuse and a second life.
For example, minimizing the amount of chemicals and using natural materials makes it easier to recycle.
Our goal and ambition is to develop a service where we repaint, resell, rent, recycle, etc.
OVERALL STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES:
To give our customers peace of mind, we use available (voluntary) industry standards.
For example, our tables are Möbelfakta-labeled, which means they meet Möbelfakta’s quality, environmental and social responsibility requirements.
For our entrance solutions, we have products that have been assessed by both SundaHus and Byggvarubedömningen.
Matting AB has a certified environmental management system according to ISO 14001:2015 and is quality certified according to ISO 9001:2015. This means, for example, identifying the company’s environmental impact, and then working on areas where that impact can be reduced.