A SUSTAINABLE MODEL
At Scandinavian Spaces, we are deeply committed to sustainability. We use resources wisely: the wood, metal, plastic, textiles, electronics, and chemicals that are the materials used most often in our furniture construction. These materials affect—in various ways—the three environmental areas we prioritize: climate, biological diversity, and chemicals. Our goal is to improve the production and use of these raw materials, no matter where in the production line we fall. As much as possible, we choose recycled materials. We constantly work towards expanding our Forest Stewardship Council certifications, and many of our brands are members of the Swedish FSC®. The FSC label affirms that the wood has been responsibly sourced. Scandinavian Spaces holds Supplier Diversity certifications, as well as the following qualifications and professional affiliations: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, FSC®, and Möbelfakta. For further information regarding certifications, please ask our sales team.
Our sustainable approach is applied beyond the materials and natural resources used in our furniture. We understand sustainability to also mean taking responsibility for our workers and our supply chain. We make deliveries with our own trucks, planning delivery routes to be as efficient as possible, so that they are fewer in number and leave a smaller carbon footprint.
For us, sustainability also means promoting a sustainable workforce, and being accountable to the strictest laws on work environment. We champion the Activity Based Work Environment model, which keeps employees healthier and creates workspaces that provide employees with a variety of predetermined activity areas for specific tasks such as learning, focusing, collaborating, and socializing. In this type of work environment, employees use less sick days and prosper from being able to work in a way that best suits their needs.
5 WAYS TO CREATE A MORE SUSTAINABLE WORKPLACE
• Print less paper
With the Cloud technology and backup systems such as Dropbox, there is much less need for paper filing. Creating a digital filing system reduces paper waste, saves money on ink, and eliminates the stress for employees caused by malfunctioning printers and copiers.
• Switch to LED light bulbs
LED lights are not only better for the eyes than fluorescent lights, they also consume a lot less energy, reducing company costs.
Provide clearly marked recycling bins in the lunch space and other areas in the workplace. This will help reduce landfill and encourage employees to recycle at home, too. Who knows—maybe that plastic bottle you threw in recycling last year will come back as your new office chair!
• Invest in ergonomic furniture and create an activity-based work environment
Employees who work ergonomically will use less sick days and feel happier at their jobs. With less turnover and staff absences, workplace teams can collaborate more efficiently and well together. When staff can move around and work where it suits their current need, communication is opened up and more bridges are created between departments and teams.
• Promote healthy choices
If there is a cafeteria, make super healthy food options available and affordable. Consider offering benefits such as gym memberships to employees or even build a gym at the workplace.