Sustainability and furniture

Sustainability and furniture

The UAE has long been a leading light for innovation and change in the region and around the world, and when it comes to environmental issues, there is a growing consciousness towards sustainability. This change has been on the horizon for many years, as consumers attitudes change, and the recent COP28 summit has no doubt helped to fuel this drive. From reducing carbon footprints to embracing renewable energy, the region is making strides towards a greener future. Yet, during this eco-conscious revolution, one aspect sometimes overlooked is the role of furniture in shaping sustainable living. As a leading furniture supply company in the UAE, we recognize the pivotal role our industry plays in driving sustainability forward.

In today's discourse on sustainability, the significance of adopting eco-friendly practices in furnishing our homes and offices cannot be overstated. Furniture, often viewed as mere objects of utility, holds immense potential to contribute positively to the environment. By choosing sustainably sourced materials and manufacturing processes, we not only reduce our ecological footprint but also promote the well-being of our planet.

At ABM, we are committed to ensuring a sustainable supply chain from start to finish. This begins with carefully selecting suppliers who share our values of environmental stewardship and ethical labour practices. By partnering with sustainable forestry programs and eco-conscious manufacturers, we ensure that our furniture is crafted with minimal impact on natural resources. Our supplier about-office, for example, base their products around ‘Cirmolo’, an Italian word for Swiss pine. As well as it’s proven positive effect on physical and mental wellbeing, this natural product is sustainably sourced, and the company distinguishes itself for its tireless commitment to environmental protection. They are FSC® C140384 certified. they have also obtained ISO9001 and ISO14001 certification and implemented a Quality & Environment Integrated Management System, adapting their manufacturing processes to preserve

and defend the environment. These are just some of the many ways our suppliers are implementing systems into their supply chain, for sustainable outcomes.

Moreover, we believe in the power of upcycling and maximizing the lifespan of our products. Through innovative design and durable construction, we aim to create furniture pieces that stand the test of time. Our emphasis on quality craftsmanship not only enhances the longevity of our products but also reduces the need for frequent replacements, ultimately minimizing waste. Casala, a Netherlands based supplier to ABM, guarantee recovery and re use, so that an exceptionally high content of recycled material can be found in their existing range, and with their circular guarantee, they will provide a return value at the end of their product lifespan, and the product is taken back by Casala and re used to the highest possible level. This supplier guarantee take back of their products, even those exceeding 15 years old, and processing into new furniture. They also offer a product passport, detailing the raw materials used, and guaranteeing transparency in the process.

Recognizing that every product has a lifecycle, we offer solutions for recycling and repurposing old furniture. Whether through donation programs or recycling initiatives, we strive to ensure that our products are disposed of responsibly, minimizing their environmental impact.

Vaghi, one of our Italian supply partners, have gone all out on their green credentials, fitting their manufacturing facility with 200-kW photovoltaic system, making them self sufficient in power generation. In tandem with this, their products are engineered with lightweight design to minimise transportation impact, and all the products have their full life cycle considered at the design stage, with disassembly and recycling a key feature to allow easier component reuse.

At ABM we work closely with our suppliers, and have stringent procedures and policies in place to make sure that the products we offer are not only beautifully designed, well manufactured, and fit for purpose, but environmentally sustainably and ethically produced, to give our customers peace of mind.

In embracing sustainability, we not only safeguard the environment but also contribute to a more sustainable society. By making conscious choices in furnishing our living and working spaces, we can create environments that promote well-being and harmony with nature.

As we look towards the future, let us envision a world where sustainability is not just a trend but a way of life. Together, let us craft a future where every piece of furniture tells a story of environmental stewardship and responsible living. Join us at ABM as we pave the way towards a greener tomorrow, one sustainable piece of furniture at a time.