Sustainability, an essential part of our responsibility

We assess our impact on the well-being of people and the environment right from the design stage of a product. This commitment is inherent in our selection of materials, our choice of the partners we work with, our collaboration with independent institutes that test and certify our products, and even the choice of our packaging.



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As we constantly refine our methodologies, we would like to invite you to explore six points that guide our efforts, both now and in the future.

1. Simplicity, the key to durability

 

We believe that the concept of sustainability applies not only to the choice of environmentally friendly materials, but also to the production of articles that stand the test of time, thus avoiding the waste resulting from rapid obsolescence. At the core of our philosophy is the idea that simplicity is the key to durability. This concept goes beyond aesthetics, as our mission is to offer our customers products that are not only aesthetically beautiful and functional but also resistant and long-lasting. This commitment is manifest in the reliability and durability of every item we produce. Attention is paid to each and every detail in order to maximise the product's durability, ensuring lower environmental impact over time. A hallmark of this approach is our use of a reduced number of essential components. Not only one of our aesthetic principles, simplification is also a way of reducing our overall environmental footprint, with a view also to final dismantling and recycling at the end of a product’s life cycle.

2. Certification that speaks for us


In the context of sustainability, certification is an important element. We work constantly to ensure that our products comply strictly to the quality standards and regulations in force. Our policy is to rely on independent institutes and respected certification authorities. The European EN standard, which measures and assesses the strength, durability and safety of our products, is a crucial reference. We also test our products to the strict North American ANSI/BIFMA standards. The combination of these industry standards is a further guarantee that our designs are conceived to stand the test of time. Our fabrics also carry important certification, conforming to OEKO-TEX® standards. The OEKO-TEX® label is awarded to products that have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they are free from toxic substances.

3. A healthy indoor climate

 

Our health is closely linked to the quality of the air we breathe, especially inside the spaces where we spend most of our time. It is important to bear in mind that the air in the rooms we inhabit, often contains imperceptible chemical substances given off by various objects that are part of our everyday lives. These emissions include Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), known for their potential negative impact on our health. We strive to ensure that our products contribute to a healthier indoor climate. Precisely for this reason, all ICF products are carefully tested according to the VOC standard, thus guaranteeing you the highest quality and safety.

4. Shared responsibility

 

Our mission to become as sustainable as possible is a responsibility we share with our suppliers. We take great care when selecting our suppliers of raw materials, such as wood, aluminium, plastic, textiles, and other essential materials. We have invested a lot of time and energy in building strong and lasting relationships with these suppliers. Over time, we have established dialogues based on trust and shared responsibility, and built long-term relationships. Actively collaborating with them enables us to contribute to a more sustainable industry by becoming more responsible.

5. Local production

 

In order to be increasingly more sustainable, we have developed a number of production techniques in close cooperation with our suppliers. Our decision to select suppliers in Europe did not come about by chance; it is a strategy that aims to minimise transport, thus reducing the environmental impact of our operations. We entrust the transport of our products to specialised carriers, collaborating with experts in the logistics sector. This not only reduces the risk of damage to products in transit, but also minimises unnecessary transport. All our products are assembled exclusively in our factory. This gives us complete control over the quality of this process and ensures that all production steps comply with our standards. We can confirm that no glues or other environmentally invasive chemicals are used in our production process. This choice reflects our commitment to sustainability and the creation of products that meet the requirements of both form and function and a reduction in environmental impact.

6. Recycled materials

 

A large part of the upholstery in our collections is made from recycled materials. Among those available are fabrics from the SEALIFE collection in SEAQUAL® YARN, a polyester fibre made from marine waste recovered from oceans, beaches, rivers, and estuaries. SEALIFE is GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified and guarantees the presence of post-consumer recycled material in the fabric.