Friday, 28 August 2015

Weekly Round Up 28th August

It's finally here, that August bank holiday that you've been waiting for. Why not kick up your feet and swap your newspaper for your tablet and have a read of our latest blog. This week we are focusing on all things sustainable.

Doing Our Bit


As a British Manufacturer we like to support local businesses as well as the environment around us.

Our product components all come from within the UK or Europe, helping to cut down on transportation. This not only cuts down on Co2 emissions but it also creates shorter lead times for our customers.

We are constantly designing and developing to create products with fewer parts and environmentally efficient materials. This reduces our production costs and our energy consumption; as well as making them easier to dismantle at the end of their life, which helps us to manage waste better.

We have also implemented a comprehensive Environmental management System which satisfies all elements of the ISO 14001 accreditation compliance.

Which basically means we think that looking after the environment is important, so we minimise waste, recycle and reuse as much as possible and make sure that we responsibly source all our materials.

Have you heard of the FSC®? It stands for the Forest Stewardship Council. We work with them to make sure that we are using wood from an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically managed forests.

The majority of our soft and modular seating is FSC certified, so look out for the green product labels to make sure when you're ordering from us, you're also doing the best for the environment.

Sustainable Supplier Spotlight

You might have spotted this awesome Coco sofa and bench on our social media pages yesterday.

The photo was taken by a member of our marketing team whilst out and about at Camira factory.

We think it looks great in their entrance way, the perfect place to relax before a tour round the premises.

Factory Tour

There was plenty going on in the factory, both for sales and development. We spotted some Landscape fabric ready on a spool to get woven in to that ever so recognisable patterned fabric, which goes so well with the Synergy range.

Then there's the mysterious mixture of striped threads set up ready to weave on various looms. 

It will be interesting to see the finished fabrics. There are so many new and exciting fabrics under development at the moment. We are soon to see some using recycled natural fibres and others adding to ranges for more and more colour choices.

So don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for the next Camira fabric launches. That might be your moment to buy that Nomique sofa you've had your eye on.

Test Time

It was great to see all the rigorous testing that goes on at the factory on all of Camira's fabrics, new and old to make sure they comply with every health and safety measure.

Here you can see the CRIB 5 test on one of Camira's natural fabrics.
As a general rule natural fibres are automatically flame retardant meaning that the fabrics don't need to be chemically treated to achieve this, unlike all man made fabrics such as polyester.

The natural fabrics made by Camira are woven in such a way that most will pass the CRIB 5 test.
When the natural fibres are burned they char but do not set fire, thus stopping the fire from spreading and making them a much safer option for soft seating.

Natural fabrics are also the safer option for the environment, less chemicals means less waste going into our water and air supplies. It also means that at the end of a products life the materials will break down naturally in a much shorter time span than man made materials.

So what can you do...?

When ordering task or soft seating make sure you select one of Camira's fantastic natural fabrics. It won't sag or puddle, it won't bobble or stretch, it will just make your seating look and feel good. Plus you'll know that you're doing your bit for the environment.

So why not go and have a look at their fantastic range now on their website or give us a call at Nomique on 01952 585828 if you'd like some help choosing the fabric most suitable for your Nomique soft seating products. 

Cradle to Cradle

By now you have probably spotted the Axia 2.0 somewhere. Maybe on one of our blogs, on social media or even in your office.

If you do recognise the unique Axia shape then you might already know that it is a fantastic ergonomic chair, designed to help the user sit correctly.

However you might not know that it is also an environmentally friendly and sustainable "circular chair". This is part of the Cradle to Cradle principle, everything that is created must be able to be re-used or recycled. Have a look at this video to learn more about the Cradle to Cradle principle.

Therefore to achieve this certification the Axia follows a Design for Dissassembly system. It is originally constructed using high quality durable materials making 96% of it's components recyclable. These parts are then reused in new chairs or as part of a complete second hand chair. This means that each new Axia is made from at least 50% recycled material.

On 8th April 2015 BMA Ergonomics, the designer of the Axia 2.0 Smart Seating System, was awarded with the official Cradle-to-Cradle certification. The certificate was presented by EPEA, the assessment body for Cradle-to-Cradle Product Certification. EPEA Netherlands has guided BMA Ergonomics during the entire process.

If you are interested in doing your bit for the environment, you can do just that by investing in an Axia 2.0. They come with a 10 year warranty and at the end of it's life we will buy it back so that we can continue the ongoing cycle of the Cradle to Cradle principle.

For more information on the Axia 2.0 please visit our website.

For more information please visit our website
Or give us a ring to chat about what our designs could add to your workspace.
Tel: 01952 585828
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