During the Stockholm Furniture Fair the Nordic Ecolabel (called “Svanen” in Swedish) launched a competition with an excellent prize to win: our Amazonas table. The lucky winner of the quiz was Evy Eriksson in Anderstorp, Sweden. Congratulations!
The prize of the competition was a gift from us here at Offecct. Amazonas is designed by Eero Koivisto. The concept for the Amazonas table series originated when Eero Koivisto saw aerial photographs of the Amazon rain forest where the tree crowns created a dense ceiling. Koivisto wanted the tables to be poetic and thought provoking.
Amazonas tables by Eero Koivisto
Not only is Amazonas itself labeled with the Nordic Ecolabel, but parts of the revenue from the tables go to the Children’s Rainforest, a Swedish nonprofit organization working to preserve the rain forest and animals in Central America. Amazonas has also earned the Green Dot Awards, one of the world’s most prestigious green awards.
The Nordic Ecolabel is a voluntary ecolabelling scheme that evaluates a product’s impact on the environment throughout the whole life cycle. The label guarantees among other things that climate requirements are taken into account, and that CO2 emissions (and other harmful gasses) are limited – where it is most relevant.
Amazonas tables by Eero Koivisto
When you buy a Nordic Ecolabelled product or services, you as a consumer contribute to a more sustainable environment.
The Nordic Ecolabel recently increased the requirements put on products that want to earn the label. This is a way of driving the development of a sustainable society. All the companies that have previously had Nordic Ecolabbeled products must try their products according to the new requirements, and apply for a new license. The new requirements focus on the origin of wood products, that plastic used should be recycled, and that the levels chemicals allowed has been restricted.
We believe that it is very important to help and ensure that our employees stay healthy, and enjoy doing so. Therefore we work with preventive health care encouraging our employees to do sports.
One of the ways we try to make sports even more fun is by dividing employees into five groups, we call them preventive health care groups. These groups perform numerous sports activities, all the while competing against the other groups. Each period of four weeks the groups collect points, and the winners are awarded with cinema tickets. New this year is that each individual can also compete against him-or herself.
A very popular event was last year’s Offecct klassikern, an event inspired by the four big Swedish competitions that each year attract tens of thousands who aim to fulfill the four competitions within one year, thereby fulfilling The Classic. The four sports included are country skiing, swimming, running and biking. Offecct klassikern includes these four sports, but at shorter distances.
With employees doing this much sport, it is important to take care of the sore bodies afterwards. We therefore offer our employees 12 sessions of preventive care massage every year.
Soon a new preventive health care year begins, filled with new challenges to keep our employees healthy and happy!
We are proud to announce that the Offecct products CORNFLAKE chair, LITE chair in laminate, FLOAT HIGH and HIGH LARGE, OYSTER HIGH and LOW, as well as the easy chair QUEEN and the chairs QUILT and QUICK have just been certified by Möbelfakta.
Möbelfakta provides guidelines within three areas:
2. environment and
3. social responsibility.
Möbelfakta: Quality, Environment, Social Responsibility
“With a range from strictly functional and safety-based requirements to a consistent “green awareness” as well as ethical striving in the production process, Möbelfakta aims for a durable development in order to become the obvious reference an and labeling system for the Swedish furniture industry.”
Offecct product line Playback was previously certified by Möbelfakta, and we are happy to see the group of certified products grow. The environmental requirements of Möbelfakta are based on criteria from the Council of Environmental Control (Miljösyrrådet), the technical requirements are based on established European as well as international standards (EN and ISO), and the requirements of social responsibility are based on principles set by the United Nation’s Code of Conducts. The criteria for Möbelfakta are continuously reviewed to always match the highest and latest standards.
Möbelfakta fills an important gap in the furniture industry, namely a reference and labeling system of furniture that includes the three aspects of quality, environment and social responsibility all in one.
More about Möbelfakta here >>
Traditional solvent-based adhesives are hazardous to the environment and to human health because it emits volatile organic compounds into the air.
In line with our wish to decrease our effect on the environment and to eliminate the risk of hazards for our workers we use only water-based adhesives in our furniture.
This water-based adhesive is used when we glue the foam to the frame, and then when the upholstery is fixed on top of it.
The process of fixing the upholstery begins with the heating of the glue to 70 degrees Celsius and then letting it dry. The upholstery is then fitted onto the furniture, and we make sure that all the seams are exactly where they should be.
In the next step we heat the glue again with a hot-air pistol, this time to 100 degrees Celsius. This reactivates the glue. When it cools down, the upholstery is fixated.
This process, which would traditionally have emitted hazardous compounds, now only emits water.
Recently OFFECCT’s QE manager Joachim Schubert participated at a forum in Gothenburg on the theme of CSR (corporate social responsibility) held by CSR Västsverige.
The forum brought together enterprises and students to explore the concept of CSR. The day began with a researcher talking about the concept and its meaning. The truth is that the concept is disputed among researchers, but all agree that it has to do with the responsibility corporations take within three areas; environment, society and economy.
Offecct Joachim Schubert
Joachim talked to the audience about CSR Västsverige’s challenge OFFECCT was a part of in 2010, and the results of that challenge. Within the frame of the challenge, climate initiative 2010, OFFECCT chose three ways to improve their environmental responsibility. We streamlined our energy consumption, chose to use only wind and water power in our factory, and managed to decrease our use of paper with 50%.
To illustrate our commitment to the environment, Joachim showed the chair Louis IX to the audience. The chair is made out of recycled bottles. Like Joachim pointed out, the chair uses the most important material of the future – waste products.
Europe is covered in snow. Lots of snow. And media is covering snow. Swedish largest daily Dagens Nyheter recently published an article with the heading “Clear as Crystal that every Snowflake is Unique”.
Every Snowflake is Unique
“All snowflakes have six edges, otherwise, they are unique.”
As mentioned in an earlier blog post:
Snowflakes is designed by our design partner Claesson Koivisto Rune, who got creative inspiration from photographer Wilson Bentley. Bentley – dubbed the Snowflake Man – devoted his career to capture snowflakes with his camera, being fascinated by the fact that “every (snow)crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated.”
The same goes for our Snowflakes table, where our computer aided production method make sure that we achieve the same variation as that found in snowflakes. Snowflakes is a small, useful table available in three different heights in order to increase the possible variations and usages.
In an earlier blog post we told you about the event “Mod, makt, glädje” – Swedish for “Courage, Power and Joy,” where OFFECCT’s Design Manager Anders Englund gave a speech about OFFECCT’s sustainable design philosophy.
OFFECCT’s sustainable work started back in 1993, and we think it’s great that sustainability is getting more and more attention in the design world.
Responsible for “Courage, Power and Joy” was Design Med Omtanke (DMO, Swedish for Considerate Design). Considerate Design was an initiative established in order to “give people help to realise their ideas in a sustainable way,” taken by the Region of Västra Götaland. More about DMO in English here and here.
Design Med Omtanke - Considerate Design
Now that the first phase of “Considerate Design” has come to an end, we at OFFECCT hope that the important work will continue and that the so called GREEN LIST – which is a tool developed by Västra Götaland for sustainable procurement of furniture and interior design – will be widely used.
OFFECCT's Design Manager Anders Englund
OFFECCT’s Design Manager Anders Englund participates at an event named “Mod, makt, glädje” – Swedish for “Courage, Power and Joy”. The event takes place at the Gothenburg Opera, and is arranged by the Region of Västra Götaland to discuss how the government and the industry can cooperate in order to create an innovative driving force for sustainable growth.
Courage, Power and Joy - Sustainable Development
Anders will give a speech about OFFECCT’s sustainable design philosophy and how sustainability is an important part of the design process, where social, financial and ecological development is taken into consideration when OFFECCT works with sustainable development.
Anders Englund, OFFECCT's Design Manager
At OFFECCT we believe that no matter what the emissions are every company can and should make a difference. To minimize our environmental influence we have implemented green working methods to support our daily workflow. We do this by sustainable development and by constantly testing new, innovative and eco-friendly materials. We strive continuously to make products that are lifecycle based and at the same time re-use materials to minimize our emissions.
Please read more about OFFECCT’s Sustainable Development and CSR (Corporate Sustainable Responsibility) activities in this leaflet >>
OFFECCT's Sustanainable Development leaflet
The program of today’s event can be downloaded here >>