Betting on sustainability and respect for the environment in the world of furniture does not only mean buying green furniture or those based on the circular economy, but other aspects must be taken into account, for example, the manufacturing process or the purchase of furniture from inhouse manufacturers.
If you want to know what inhouse manufacturing are and why it is more sustainable to buy from this kind of company you can’t miss this post from Pau’s blog.
What are inhouse manufacturing
Inhouse manufacturers are those that cover the entire manufacturing process of a product: from design, choice of materials, manufacture of each part of the furniture, assembly and assembly, to preparation for sale. In this way, products can be customized more easily, a great advantage to take into account when developing a decorative project.
Within the inhouse manufacturing process, the manufacturers themselves are the ones who select the raw materials to be used in each item, as well as the fabrics or the type of wood to be used. Once the materials have been chosen, it is time to shape the design of the product and start manufacturing the different pieces that, when ready, will be assembled to give the final shape to the furniture.
Reasons why it is more sustainable an inhouse manufacturing process
Below we are going to list some of the reasons and advantages of inhouse manufacturing:
Complete manufacturing process
As mentioned above, inhouse manufacturers develop the entire manufacturing process: from the choice of raw materials to the final assembly of the product. Controlling the manufacturing of a piece of furniture from start to finish means that there are no intermediaries in between and it is possible to know at all times how the product is evolving.
Raw materials from local and national producers
One of the best ways to promote sustainability is to buy raw materials from local and national producers. When we bet on proximity when purchasing raw materials, we are contributing to increase their reputation not only within our community but also abroad. In addition, it also benefits them not only economically but also allows them to hire more labor, creating new jobs for local residents. Finally, buying raw materials from local and national producers reactivates the local economy and small businesses as the expense is reinvested in the community itself.
Allows for greater customization
Having control over the entire manufacturing process allows companies to allow their customers to customize any part of the product. Since no parts are purchased from third parties, the manufacturers are present throughout the production of the furniture, providing customers with complete customization. For example, in the case of the Archie sofa covers, Pau offers our collection of 100% cotton and linen fabrics or, if you prefer, you can send us your own. So, discover the textile trends this year to customize your furniture.
Pollution is reduced because there is less transportation
Purchasing raw materials from local or national companies and taking over the entire production process means greater sustainability, as it avoids the pollution emitted by the transportation of goods, one of the most environmentally damaging services in the current scenario. Buying products from geographical areas outside the national territory involves long journeys with the consequent energy cost of fuel and an increase in polluting gases.
Reduction in the use of plastics
Products that travel short distances have less need for protection with packaging and other types of plastic containers. Therefore, when we consume locally, we are helping to significantly reduce the use of plastics and cartons.
Recycling is one of the foundations on which the manufacture of ecological furniture is based. For example: leftover wood is reused to make boards, thus giving it a new use; in the case of fabrics, all those that are no longer used are sent to a foundation that turns them into new pieces and whose profits go to the AECC of mama.
At Pau, we recycle more than 90% of what we produce, giving a new use to the by-product we generate.
Quality products with a long service life
Manufacturing products with quality materials, such as sustainable wood or ecological fabrics, considerably extends their useful life, thus favoring the circular economy.
How we at Pau are becoming more sustainable
In Pau we take into account the entire manufacturing process of a piece of furniture in order to be as sustainable as possible.
For example, the base of the sustainable sofas in the Archie collection is upholstered with elastic webbing recycled from rubber tires. Rubber wood furniture is considered a sustainable and environmentally friendly. In the case of the insoles used for manufacturing, they are not plastic and can be reused and recycled when they degrade or are no longer used.
When it comes to wood, we always use wood from sustainable forests, which promote the replanting of trees without contributing to deforestation. All surplus wood is recycled and used to generate new products such as panels, and what is no longer useful is transformed into biomass.
As you have seen, Pau’s commitment to sustainability and the environment is not only about recycling materials or purchasing raw materials from local companies.
For this reason, we are currently installing 103 solar panels at our production center, which will enable us to produce between 60 and 65% of the energy we use. Specifically, we will avoid the annual emission of 16,170 kgs of CO2.
From Pau, as a sustainable furniture brand, we will continue our commitment to respect nature whenever it is in our hands, making furniture as sustainable as possible. Check now our eco friendly furniture catalog and discover the wide range of sofas and eco friendly chairs we have available to incorporate into your environmentally friendly interior design.