Responsible Material Sourcing

How do we create fantastic products without damaging our beautiful home?

Our take…

We’re not claiming to be the experts on responsible sourcing, nor the first, but there’s a few common sense ideas I think we can all agree on.

1. Choose quality
2. Source locally where possible
3. Use non-toxic materials
4. Do a bit of good
5. Think about the end of life

1. Choose quality materials that will last.

It doesn’t matter how recyclable the materials are if people have to keep purchasing the same product over and over again because the companies have chosen to use poor quality materials, or worse, they’ve purposely designed it to break after a certain period time.

It’s much better for everyone if products last a lifetime.

2. Source locally, where possible

It’s not always an option, but where possible, materials should be sourced locally.

Sourcing locally means keeping jobs in your local community. It also means there’s minimal embodied carbon resulting from transport.

Did you know that the vast majority of Birch Timber isn’t grown in Australia? It comes mostly from Russia, then usually it’s shipped to China to be turned into furniture, before being shipped back around the world to be sold to customers.

3. Use non-toxic materials

Products should do no harm. To you, your family, your neighbours, or the environment.

There’s enough pollutants in our world today without introducing more into your home.

4. Do a bit of good

We believe that all companies have a social responsibility to not only do no harm to people or the world, but to actually make an net improvement, no matter how small.

5. End of life

When the product does inevitably reach it’s end of life, how will the materials be reused, recycled, or biodegrade?

This is something that must be thought of before manufacturing starts, not decades afterwards.