The essence of circular thinking is to ensure that materials are recycled into another product and re-used by another person. In doing so, we prevent materials from polluting our oceans and the environment at large. That’s why years ago, we introduced products made with recycled materials. To minimize waste, consumption of natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions and to add to a circular economy.
For example, the Fiber Chair Family is an essential part of our product portfolio and with them being made using a minimum of 80% recycled plastic, they are an ambitious starting point for reducing our use of virgin plastic. Please note that Fiber Stool, Bar Stool, Counter Stool and Lounge Chair variants with recycled plastic will be available in North America during 2023. In addition, the Sketch Toolbox (91%) and the Arrange Desktop Series (93%) are made using recycled plastic and the Under The Bell Pendant Lamp (up to 40%) is made using recycled plastic bottle fibers.
By 2030 our goal is to eliminate the use of virgin plastic in our products and packaging, with the exception of instances where using recycled plastic will in any way compromise the overall quality of the final design. We estimate that a minimum of 75% of our total plastic use will come from recycled materials by 2030. Using recycled materials supports our circular agenda and prevents materials from polluting our oceans and the environment at large. That is why using recycled plastic in our products and packaging is a crucial priority for us.
Fiber take-back initiative
We are continuously looking for new ways to contribute to a circular economy, including new, inventive methods for recycling material. Our Fiber Chair Take-Back Initiative is a good example, where we recycle the raw material used for the shell of the Fiber Chair into new Fiber designs. Should you need to get rid of your Fiber Chairs, we want to make sure they don’t end up in a landfill. Therefore, we have launched the Fiber Chair Take-Back initiative. It’s a simple process that starts with sending Fiber Chairs to our Danish warehouse. We will then make sure that they are properly disassembled. Next, we will grind the shells down into a granulated form—ready to be molded into new Fiber Chair shells.
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We partner with professionals who share our same desire to protect forests and nature from where our materials are sourced. Muuto is an FSC™️-certified company (FSC C028824).
The Forest Stewardship Council™️ (FSC) aims to ensure that forests are managed in a sustainable, environmentally-responsible manner that preserves the natural surroundings, while also supporting the local community.
By 2030 our goal is that 100% of the wood used in all products must be from certified sustainable forestry and wood used in all packaging must be either recycled or from certified sustainable forestry. We want our consumption of wood to support ecosystems, biodiversity and communities. We guarantee our use of sustainable forestry of our products by certifying our wood through FSC™️ (FSC C028824). Look for our FSC™-certified products on this website.
OEKO-TEX sets high safety standards for materials tested for harmful substances. That’s why we use OEKO-TEX foam for the majority of our upholstered furniture. What’s more, the majority of our textiles are sourced from the Danish textile manufacturer, Kvadrat which has received the EU Ecolabel. A certification synonymous with environmental excellence and promoting a circular economy, their criteria encompass the entire lifecycle of a product from raw material to disposal.
Instead of traditional PU-based lacquers, we use a water-based lacquer as it emits fewer harmful chemicals. That, in turn, contributes to a healthier indoor climate and better working conditions in the production phase. Water-based lacquer also minimizes waste during production. Today, more than 80% of our wooden furniture is made using water-based lacquers.
Our desire to minimize our impact on the environment doesn’t end with the design. It extends to the packaging we wrap it in, so that it has as little adverse effect on the environment as possible while protecting the product in transport. We are continuously improving our packaging along those lines and so far, the cardboard box packaging used for all our furniture products is made from at least 65% recycled material or is FSC™-certified. Furthermore, for new product launches, we have initiated the process of discontinuing the use of Styrofoam in all new packaging and replacing plastic bags used in packaging with either reusable dust bags or paper bags.