Sustainability - ANOTHER COUNTRY

Sustainability is in our DNA

Our Mission

From our founding in 2010, our mission has always been to be a responsible, purposeful and useful company that is fit for the 21st century whose ambition is to sell our sustainably-made furniture to as many people as possible so that it can have the most impact. To do this, we strive to strike the right balance between craft and industry.

We design furniture of enduring quality.
We design with the entire life cycle of our furniture in mind.
We use only FSC or PEFC certified timber
We use 100% natural fibres and fillings for upholstery.
We are a Carbon Neutral company
We aim to manufacture close to our customers.
We plant more trees than we use.
We make to order to minimise waste.
We aim to use 100% recyclable or compostable packaging.
We provide a ‘repair and restore’ service for our furniture.

How we do things

Since 2010 we have endeavoured to produce our product and run our business at the most sustainable level possible. Our suppliers only source timber that is sustainably certified from either European and North American forests, we manufacture in workshops in the UK and Portugal, we pack using as much recyclable material as possible and deliver directly to you via our London-based warehouse.

When it comes to our loose and upholstered items, such as our day bed mattresses, sofas, armchairs and seat pads, most of these are made with 100% natural materials by UK-based specialist partners.

Every other aspect of what we do is also considered. Our energy is supplied by a green energy supplier, we offset our company carbon footprint and that of each product that we manufacture, we have strict recycling standards, we offer a repair and restore service for our furniture, we minimise our use of paper collateral when a digital solution is equally effective, we use natural cleaning products at work and have begun to embrace wellbeing principles with regards to our design and manufacturing practices.

Thank you for joining us on our journey. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us an email.

Making Process

The design of the Slow Sofa is generous in scale yet visually light, with a thin outer frame and feet that allow for space under the sofa.

Natural materials including feathers fill the back cushions, sheets of recycled wool are used to pad the outer frame, whilst layers of latex, feather and wool are used to make the seat cushions, creating an inviting, supportive and cocooning sofa.

Watch a short film showing the intricate process of the making of the Slow Sofa, handmade to order in the UK.

We are a carbon neutral company producing carbon neutral furniture. How do we do this?

We partner with two carbon offsetting companies to offset what we can not (at the present time, anyway, though this is a moving target) reduce further. Through Forest Carbon, we support a variety of planting schemes in UK and overseas that offset our corporate footprint by a factor of x3, and with ClimatePartner we offset our timber furniture production footprint through schemes that also address social and ethical challenges faced by the most vulnerable people in the developing world. These schemes support a variety of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while contributing to the fight against global warming. See below for links to our Climate Partner Programmes and those of Forest Carbon also.

Whilst we’re on the topic of carbon, we feel compelled to point out a few facts that get often interpreted ‘flexibly’. We work within the guidelines of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement framework which states (you’ll have to take our word for it), that the embedded carbon in wood (our principal material) cannot be deducted from carbon footprint calculations unless the product or structure is likely to last 100 years or more. Now, our furniture could last 100 years but we think that would be a stretch to assume, so we don’t deduct the embedded carbon in the wood; instead we offset it fully. If we did do this, knowing that each kilogram of wood contains approximately 1.75kg of CO2 (which it absorbs during its lifetime), we would be carbon positive without any offset.

Climate Partner Projects

Hydropower Project | Louang Namtha , Laos
Improved cookstoves, countrywide, Uganda
Wind Energy, De Aar, South Africa
Climate project + ocean protection

Forest Carbon Projects

Forest Carbon Corriechuillie Porject
Forest Cabon Project at Swinside Mill
Forest Carbon Porject at Doddington North

Biodiversity partner: Heal Rewilding

The loss of biodiversity is, some would argue, as great a threat as climate change, which is why we are enthusiastic supporters of regenerative agriculture, silvopasture and nature-friendly farming. We also believe that we need to reclaim, protect and enhance habitats for nature and animals to thrive in, which is whey we are supporters of rewilding initiatives. Natural England’s definition of rewilding to which Heal subscribes is as follows: The reinstatement of natural processes and, where appropriate, missing species, allowing them to shape the landscape and the habitats within, leading to the restoration of fully functioning ecosystems. Heal’s long-term plan is to create a Heal rewilding site in every English county by 2050, together covering almost 25,000 acres.

Heal Rewilding Somerset