There has been more and more talk about climate change and natural disasters in recent years. To deal with these problems, every one of us needs to take action to protect our planet for future generations. It is also important to keep caring for our health and the improvement of the quality of our lives. These actions have been described in the UN Sustainable Development Goals that we are implementing.
In 2015, the United Nations developed and announced Sustainable Development Goals to be implemented by 2030. Their intention is to fight climate change and inequalities among people. Nowy Styl has committed to 8 out of 17 of those goals. These are:
Measurable effects of our environmental care
Tackling climate change is part of our mission statement. Its first sentence reads: “With a passion and respect for the natural environment, we help people arrange their offices and other public buildings.” It is our beacon in the things we do to protect the environment.
Importantly, the result of our actions can be measured. For instance, we know that 9.8% of the energy used in our plants in Poland comes from the so-called green sources. But we are not resting on our laurels, and we keep looking for solutions to let us set ourselves even more ambitious goals.
Achieving Goal 13 also involves a number of actions taken to help us manage sustainable development even better. One of them is the introduction of a Dutch five-level CO2 Performance Ladder system, used by companies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In 2019, we obtained a certificate confirming that we have achieved level three, the highest level for a company’s own emissions. Our goal is to keep reducing carbon emissions, by 2.1% annually until 2025.
Recycling, renewable sources and longer product life
In order to meet Goal 12, we work to make our products responsibly, which is why we support the conscious management of wood as a natural raw material. We do this through the FSC CoC Chain of Custody system, in place at our factories. FSC certification confirms that our wood comes from responsible sources. In this way, we are confident that we are contributing to combating trade in illegally harvested wood and wood-based products. In addition, more and more Nowy Styl products are made using materials that have been recycled or come from renewable sources.
We also offer our customers additional services such as product repair and repurposing, or reprocessing of furniture that is unfit for further use. Our actions fully coincide with the guidelines and principles of circular economy. The Xilium product line is an example of how product life can be extended to the maximum, and how the product can be recycled when its life is over. More than half of components in this chair can be replaced by the user himself.
Responsible every day
The second part of our mission statement refers to protecting health, and improving work comfort and efficiency. It is linked to Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, and as a result we never stop working to improve the ergonomics of our products and their impact on users’ wellbeing. That is exactly why we keep evaluating our chairs and furniture with these areas in mind. In times of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, ensuring safety in confined spaces is even more difficult. Therefore, we have introduced antibacterial finishes and products that protect workers’ safety. We have also expanded our offer addressed to all those working remotely.
We also attach importance to our everyday activities. This includes having videoconferences instead of travelling by plane, segregating waste in our offices, and choosing a building that meets strict environmental standards for our head office in Kraków.
We encourage you to read our latest Sustainability Report. The document includes more information about our business, our social responsibility initiatives and activities.
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