May 29, 2024

Our focus on sustainability representing world-class leaders in the commercial furniture industry

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2023 was a great milestone for us as a company, in that we achieved 3 ISO certifications. This includes ISO 14001:2015 Environment to demonstrate our long-term commitment towards sustainability and managing the environmental footprint of our business. In addition to this, we seek to assist our clients in achieving similar commitments towards sustainability, partnering with world-class manufacturers who are committed to planet positive manufacturing.

Two key partners of ours who have recently achieved great recognition in this field include Humanscale and Actiu. We represent both Humanscale and Actiu in Ireland and are delighted to highlight the recognition they recently received for their commitments to sustainability and the environment. This recognition is truly deserved.

Humanscale has earned B Corp certification, reinforcing its longstanding leadership in sustainability. Humanscale underwent rigorous assessment from B Lab, who focus on five Impact Area pillars: governance, workers, community, environment and customer impact. B Corp aims to minimise environmental impact and promote sustainability through measures like reducing energy consumption, minimising waste, responsibly sourcing materials and supporting conservation efforts. Humanscale leads the charge as the only major brand in the commercial furniture industry to be B Corp certified and joins the ranks of major brands like Patagonia, Aesop and Allbirds.

Humanscale’s additional notable third-party certifications include the Living Product Challenge (LPC), Declare, Health Product Declarations (HPDs), LEVEL®, and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). All Humanscale factories are TRUE® Zero Waste certified and are third-party audited to ensure each one diverts at least 90% of waste away from landfill, the environment, and incineration.

All Humanscale products have Level 3 certification. Developed by BIFMA, Level certification is the sustainability standard for contract furniture. Level 3 certification is the highest standard for sustainability.

Actiu is also leading the path in sustainability with their commitment being endorsed by WELL and LEED certification. Actiu now holds accreditation for both WELL and LEED Platinum, the only industrial site in the world to hold both recertifications. Their WELL platinum certification increased from 82 to 90 points in 2024, a world-class status. The LEED Platinum status demonstrates this unwavering commitment towards preservation of the environment. Actiu’s HQ in Spain is the 5th healthiest building in the World.

Both Humanscale and Actiu further demonstrate their commitment to sustainability through the design and material selection of the products they manufacture. Take the Fluit as an example from Actiu, the 100% sustainable chair, inspired by the sea. An eco-designed chair, the material used comes from local farmers’ plastic waste from crates. All its materials are certified by GreenWorld Compounding and manufactured by gas injection, an innovative industrial process that reinforces resistance and provides a delicate finish so that it is soft to the touch. Actiu offers an online configurator to review the various colour finishes available in the Fluit collection, they can be viewed via their website here.

Humanscale also recently released the World’s most sustainable task chair, the Path Task chair. Designed to adjust to your body as if it were made for you. Its mesh-like textile is made from upcycled plastic bottles. Path is planet positive. Its materials are free from harmful chemicals, made with post-consume recycled content and produced in TRUE Zero Waste facilities. Humanscale provides more data on the specifics on their path task office chair page, which you can view on their website here. We also have the Path task chair on display in our showroom in Sandyford, Dublin 18, if you review our address via our Contact Us page, you are welcome to call in to take a look at it and the variety of Humanscale products we have on display.

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