Environment

Seeing the big picture
Kinnarps is taking environmental responsibility seriously by setting comprehensive environmental objectives. The overall goal is long-term sustainable development.

It is no surprise that a business whose roots are in the unspoiled Scandinavian countryside has adopted a responsible approach to managing its resources and a concern not to harm the natural environment right from the start. To ensure the best solutions in our environmentally sustainable business Kinnarps applies product life cycle thinking when building and creating interior solutions. Kinnarps’ product development analyses each product’s effects on the environment and recyclable materials are chosen whenever possible.

Kinnarps also tends not to use materials like chrome which may harm the environment. Kinnarps also aims to ensure that all the wood raw materials used come from responsibly managed and preferably certified forests. In every situation Kinnarps tries to increase the proportion of FSC-certified wood raw materials.

Kinnarps has also led the way when it comes to reducing solvent emissions; the finishing processes today are based exclusively on the use of water-based enamels and UV hardening. Furthermore Kinnarps decided, as long ago as in the 1950s, that reusable blankets would be used to protect furniture in transit, instead of disposable packaging.

The standards Kinnarps impose on itself are often more stringent than the environmental laws and constantly strive to lead the way in the industry. Kinnarps of course is certified to ISO 14001 and EU’s EMAS environmental audit scheme. Sustainable thinking is not something we have recently considered to improve sales but has always been a part of Kinnarps culture and history.