Building a business to be as eco responsible as possible is not as easy as one would imagine. In theory its simple, research and use common sense to build your business whilst being kind to your planet. This is all good and well, but unfortunately it is the more expensive path and can sometimes cost companies their profit margins and thus their success. It’s not surprising that lots of companies give up and resort to manufacturing abroad or taking the easy options so they can survive in a recessive climate and put food on the table . All that said and done, morality is important and feeling good about yourself and what you bring to the world should be of paramount importance. We are trying our best and will continue to do so without greenswashing.
Gallant & Jones and eco-responsibility
Here is a list of what we currently do to be eco-responsible:
- We only use wood from North America for our frames, that is harvested from well managed forests.
- We plant a tree through the Love Trees initiative with the sale of every chair: www.lovetrees.ca
- We are working on manufacturing our own stripes by a local weaver.
- We consider our impact on the environment every step of the way and try to use as much local ingredients as possible.
- We use FSC printers for our brochures and paper goods as much as possible.
- We use cardboard boxes that are made by a company who are certified by SFI, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and they are completely recyclable.
- We use a natural yacht and teak oil to stain our chairs.
- Our pillow inners are made out of organic cotton from the US and made in Oregon.
- We sew all our fabric sets locally, using local cottage industry sewers.
- We are conscious of turning off lights, heating small areas, using as little water as possible, recycling…
- We give away all left over pieces of wood to artisans who may not ordinarily afford expensive black walnut.
- We either car pool or get public transport to work.
What else could we do? Ideas are most welcome…