Sustainability - Another Country

Sustainability is in our DNA

Another Country was founded in 2010 with the principal aim of being a wholly sustainable company that designed and made natural contemporary wood furniture and home accessories. Ten years on, we not only adhere to these founding principles, but have also become a certified carbon neutral company that embraces wellbeing principles. We call this designing for  ‘The Natural Home’.

Our Mission

Our mission is 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.

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

We have partnered with two carbon offsetting companies. Through Forest Carbon, we plant trees in UK to offset our corporate footprint (and more), and with ClimatePartner we offset our timber furniture production footprint through four 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. Navigate to ‘Resources’ for further information.

Tree Planting in UK with ForestCarbon
Virunga Dam Project, DR Congo
Solar Farm in Namibia
Clean cookstoves project in Rwanda
Clean Oceans Project (worldwide)

How we do things:

Since our inception 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.

How it’s made

We combine traditional methods of making with modern technology to ensure that each piece is made with great care, attention to detail and precision. Every piece is hand assembled, hand finished and quality controlled before leaving the workshops.

Here is a short film from a visit to one of our partner workshops in Portugal where they were crafting a Side Table One.

The making of Slow Sofa

We have crafted the Slow Sofa to be generous in scale yet visually light with a thin outer frame and the feet allowing breathing space under the sofa.

Natural materials like feathers filled the back cushions with layers of natural latex and sheets of recycled wool used in the outer frame to create this inviting, supportive and cocooning sofa.

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