Looking at the numbers, our research shows that like all companies that make products, we have an impact on the environment. This provides us with the opportunity and challenge to manufacture in a more efficient way, that will limit this impact as much as possible. We start by regulating movement of goods. While we are constantly looking for ways to expend less energy and resources during the manufacturing process, there are several ways anyone can help minimise the environmental cost of transportation.
- We should produce locally whenever possible.
- Consumers should be very considerate when ordering items to be shipped by airfreight simply because it’s convenient, especially if it’s a box of oranges from Spain, or a joint of beef from the Scottish highlands. The purchase cost added to the item may be relatively small, but the environmental cost is huge.
- It becomes apparent that the global economy is not sustainable. It’s completely dependent on burning up cheap fossil fuel. Shipping goods by rail or boat uses 400 BTUs per ton for each mile shipped. Truck freight uses more than 3,300 BTUs per ton, and air cargo uses 21,670 BTUs, to move a ton of goods one mile.
When shopping by catalog or online, one should reconsider ordering those oranges, and ask yourself if you really need that union jack waistcoat sent by overnight, next day delivery.
F is for furniture has carefully checked our own impact and discovered that reducing the amount of options has helped to control the number of suppliers, stock and waste. We only produce items to order which means that there is no excessive material use in the process. Our turn around time is based on the current local capacity not an international standard, this means it may fluctuate by a day or two, here and there. The chain is always limited to three main points – The forest/factory where the plywood is produced, our maker location where the furniture is cut, finished and assembled, and of course it’s final location, with you the customer. There are no holding bays at customs, warehouses to keep stock or bubble wrap and packing pellets to throw away at the end.
We promote fair trade and cruelty free production methods. Our pricing is derived from a simple equation based on the local economies labour and material costs and offered at a reasonable cost, to which all should be content.
We hope that this resonates and embraces local with you.
Thanks to Yvon Chouinard www.patagonia.com