How We See It...
Eco is one of our three core values. In everything we do, we strive to minimize our impact on the environment; from initial design through end of use, we do our best to consider how decisions today affect our environment tomorrow. It’s as simple as that.
Approximately 50% of our parts are made from recycled materials (when available). We source these recycled materials from local sources here in Canada.
And the other 50% of our parts are made from virgin material that is either recyclable, reusable, or able to be upcyclabled.
Our base and cushion cores are made entirely from recycled and reground plastic resin—the cut offs from other parts. They are thrown into a bin, pulverized and the resulting powder resin is used in our parts. This is why our cushion core parts come in a rainbow of colours.
- The resin used in our cores is High Linear High Density Polyethylene (HLDPE).
- The Cores are designed in such a manner that there is no trim out of material so essentially all the HLDPE that goes into our Cores, is part of the finished product (no waste).
- The only waste or scrap occurs when parts are molded and do not meet acceptable quality criteria. This waste material is sent back for recycling and used as a reprocessed resin in other parts.
- Hydro-electric energy is used in the manufacture of our base and cores.
We pour all of our foam at our plant which reduces the energy used to ship and cut large blocks of foam.
Our foam is a foam system from BASF called Elastoflex. We are working with BASF and our manufacturing team to move to a more eco-friendly foam at this time.
Our foam is fully recyclable and is PBDE free and made without the use of CFC’s.
We donate all unusable excess foam to local arts groups.
We have attempted to strike a balance between sustainability, look, feel, and durability—all for a reasonable price— through our covering selections. With these considerations in mind we chose to specify our two covering lines:
- Fun Covering: Aspirations from Enduratex (PVC) because it is lead-free and phthalate-free.
- Living Covering: Boxter from Master Fabrics (100% Polyester)
When possible we reuse all excess from coverings to create our swatch books or donate unusable excess coverings to local arts groups.
We use 100% recyclable corrugated cardboard for all of our packaging.
We use a biodegradable bag to protect our furniture from moisture during shipping.
Hydro-electric energy is used in the manufacturing of our boxes.
We ship all furniture with common small package carriers (UPS / FedEx). In other words, we try not to add new vehicles to the road or air.
By selling online and in pre-existing boutique retailers, we don't add buildings to the world unnecessarily.
Our Considerations For Energy
Being headquartered, and with many of our suppliers in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada all of the energy we use is hydro-electric; one of the cleanest ways to produce electricity.
Our Attempts to Offset Our Carbon Usage
We donate a portion of every sale to the 'Carbonfund' (www.carbonfund.org).
We are currently exploring and evaluating various environmental certification programs and hope to have a decision in this regard in the near future. Stay tuned!
Our Product's End-Of-Life
Every piece of furniture has a useful life and the end is just a matter of time. With that said we’ve designed and built Cellular™ to last many lifetimes. The base and cushion cores are virtually indestructible. The foam will retain it’s form and firmness in relation to the amount and degree of use. Coverings can be replaced as needed. All of these factors contribute to a product’s long life.