February 13, 2019
No, this is not a reference to cleanliness, illness or even bathroom-envy, but rather a homage to our environment.
‘Green’ products have historically found their classification in the product features themselves and not necessarily in the processes behind the production, or the facilities that produce them. But that’s beginning to change, with more emphasis given to the green cogs that keep the green machine going.
Luckily, we don’t have to go green with envy at what others are doing; we’d rather show you how we and our partners are contributing our bit.
Utilizing recycled marble that is a by-product of their mosaic tile workshop, Claybrook’s MarbleForm bathware is manufactured in a low impact, emission-free production process, using environmentally sustainable products, materials and manufacturing methods wherever possible.
With their unique wet polishing method which incorporates water, the method is healthier, cleaner and safer because dust-particles cannot become airborne; whilst the result is a finer and smoother texture for a superior finish.
The cherry on the cake? Apart from the fact that they’re made from recycled by-products, the actual products themselves can be recycled too.
“Think Green” is the motto of Catalano, who has been pursuing for years to achieve sustainability and respect for the environment at all stages of its production cycle.
They pride themselves in using pure raw materials without any risk of toxicity, while cutting-edge technology has also resulted in a new generation of products with reduced thicknesses that require less material.
When it comes to their facilities, Catalano pays great attention to environmental efficiency and operating conditions of machinery, and their large installation of solar panels generates 1,625,000 KWh – about 1/4 of their total energy requirements.
Catalano’s plant is characterized by a low noise impact and a low landscape/visual impact and includes a closed-loop wastewater recycling system, while the production processes facilitate the maximum reduction of volatile fumes and pollutants released into the atmosphere.
But their green efforts don’t stop there. When it comes to their products, they’re constantly innovating to ensure they stay at the forefront of not only technology and its impact on product design, but more importantly, how technology can facilitate their ‘Think Green’ motto. For example, their revolutionary glazing method, Cataglaze, creates a completely bacteria-proof barrier. Baked at 1250°, the glaze blends with the ceramic itself to create a perfectly smooth and flat surface, eliminating the micro-depressions seen in traditional ceramics. The smooth finish eliminates the stagnation of water and reduces the amount of cleaning detergents and water required, not to mention the visibly superior aesthetic which guarantees anti-yellowing over time.
The products themselves can be recycled too, as can their packaging which also includes information allowing the consumer to use, manage and clean the products effectively, with minimum environmental impact.
Utilizing only natural materials, Falper pride themselves that all manufacturing waste is recycled. Each timber panel is certified ecological and all the wood finishes are entirely water-based.
Scratches and breaks are easily restored on the surfaces of bathtubs and washbasins, reducing the need to replace items, while they are also completely recyclable.
Where MDF products are used, they feature reduced percentages of formaldehyde and all products are hypoallergenic and non-toxic.
At the core of their being, Fantini is all about water. This includes not only the vessels that provide the water, but also the water itself. Since 2012, their “100 Fontane: Fantini for Africa” project has succeeded in bringing clean water to 25,000 people in Masango, Burundi through the construction of 12 collection wells, 27km of aqueducts and 100 water outlets.
Fantini products also adhere to the most stringent standards to safeguard consumer health. Their products are certified Lead free (containing less than 0.25%) whilst they’re also utilizing more Stainless Steel across their collections. A compact and solid material, Stainless Steel offers the highest resistance to corrosion and is particularly hard wearing and durable, facilitating maximum hygiene. In addition, it’s also an eco-friendly and recyclable material.
As for us here at Rogerseller, we’ve always tried to minimize our environmental footprint by reducing, reusing and recycling office-related items and waste. Recently though, we’ve acknowledged the need to make a bigger commitment to increasing sustainability and have installed a large area of solar panels in the roof of our headquarters in Melbourne.