Sure we all know the basics in energy and water conservation now a days; brushing your teeth with the water off, shorter showers, and energy saving water fixtures. Here at Flow we take sustainability into consideration with all our sales, starting with eco-friendly manufacturers. In this blog, you’ll hear more from our manufacturers and their mission on being green.
Stone Forest: “Takes its lead from nature’s blueprint. Classic and contemporary designs for the bath and kitchen are sculpted from natural materials including stone, bronze, copper, iron, and hardwoods, without negatively impacting the
environment. The product line includes bronze sinks that are 100% recycled
materials. “As an avid outdoorsman, I founded Stone Forest out of my passion and respect for nature,” says Stone Forest founder Michael Zimber. “As a result,
protecting the environment, that is essentially providing me with amazing designs and products, is of utmost importance to me.” Bring the natural beauty of the outdoors into your home or hospitality design, and make a statement in a growing green-conscious design and building community.”
Native Trails: “sustainability is a main priority across the product offering. Artisans in Mexico hand craft the copper products ranging from vessel sinks and tubs, to a variety of kitchen sinks. Before they can shape and hammer each piece, they start with 100% recycled copper. By working with recycled copper, NT is able to use 85% less energy than newly
mined copper; not to mention it saves stripping of the environment. Similarly, Native Stone utilizes jute, a naturally renewable vegetable fiber, to create lighter, more durable, concrete products. Native Stone’s mix of natural components allows the artisans in Vietnam to generate less waste, and the production uses less energy than traditional concrete. Finally, California woodworkers
take old barn wood and wine barrels, items that otherwise would end up in the landfill, and turn them into luxury bathroom vanities. Rather than wasting beautiful French oak used in the wine process, craftsmen treat and shape the staves creating unique vanities with a history for the next owner to proudly share. Sustainability is more than a trend, and Native Trails hopes to continue to support this lifestyle as well as artisans worldwide in an effort to show beautiful products can be obtained without damaging our planet.
VOLA: "Protecting water and wellness has been a part of their DNA for half a century. Perhaps it has something to do with their Danish heritage. In Denmark, respecting and protecting the environment is second nature. Living a mindful life is more important than following any trends, and this can be seen in their mission NOT to design for the sake of designing. They only release new products when they feel there is a need and when every detail is right. 100% of the natural waste they produce is recovered and recycled – to produce new brass and stainless steel cylinders that can be reused for new products. Hastings Tile & Bath is enormously proud to represent VOLA in North America; they are the exclusive importers and distributors of this iconic brand
The Furniture Guild:“ We source all of our product locally to help reduce our carbon footprint. In addition, we only use formaldehyde free, Greengaurd certified finishes for indoor air quality. Lastly, The Furniture Guild utilizes PUREBond poplar core plywood, a soy based, formaldehyde free plywood that is safer and more environmentally friendly than other types of plywood on the market.”
Kast: “our environmentally conscious team is committed to continually developing our products
in a way that helps to minimize the impact our production process has on the environment.
From locally sourced raw materials and reusable moulds, to a closed-loop water filtration system that we use for cleaning our equipment, we are always looking for ways to improve our environmental impact. All our basins are made to order which helps to reduce waste as we do not cast unnecessarily. We also use the excess concrete mix from the basins to produce our colour samples further minimizing any wastage.