Dodds & Shute: Swedish furniture leads in terms of sustainability

No other country produces furniture as sustainably as Sweden. This finding appears in the new sustainability report from Dodds & Shute

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In terms of the responsible manufacture of furniture, brands from Sweden produce the most sustainable products and are thus unchallenged ahead of the European competition from Germany, England or Italy. These are the conclusions drawn by Nick Shute and Stefan Dodds in this year's sustainability report.

Design should become more social, ecological and sustainable

The two creatives from Dodds & Shute are constantly on the lookout for social, ecological and sustainable Design Products. Hence the demanding agenda of their furniture platform is for Architects and designer: "With great optimism to turn the world race for the better through responsible design". The findings from the in-depth analysis of this year's Dodds & Shute Sustainability Report show that this is not a mere wishful thinking:

For three years they checked the production of around 130 international ones Furniture brands on sustainability. Dodds & Shute surveyed all brands that they offer on their platform as well as their suppliers. As a result, around 85% of the companies surveyed answered. The assumption is that companies with a pending response are not ready to disclose their production standards.

The questions were based on five criteria

  1. Sustainability guidelines (governance)
  2. Origin of the materials used (materials)
  3. Production methods and locations (production)
  4. Labor standards (people)
  5. Innovation (innovation)

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The Sustainability report is supposed to give the topic more importance

The cross-generational problem of “sustainability” is often discussed and proclaimed by designers and architects, but often falls victim to a lack of resources and is therefore ignored. Dodds & Shutes counteract this fact of insignificance through precise and transparent methods. Their study shows what a significant influence the short life of furniture and accessories can have on the environmental accounting of a building

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Key facts from the Dodds & Shute Sustainability Report

1. Swedish furniture brands lead in sustainability

The top 10 sustainable companies are dominated by seven furniture brands from Sweden. First place went to Edsbyn, followed by Minus Tio in second place, followed by the German manufacturer Zeit. Flokk, Johansen and Lintex - also from Sweden - follow in the other places.

In the country ranking, Sweden is in first place overall (score: 1), followed by Germany (score: 92), UK (score: 81), Italy (score: 69) and Spain (score: 68). Denmark brings up the rear with a score of 67.

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2. Local production as a decisive criterion

Local production is a success factor for Swedish companies: around 97% of Swedish brands source their materials and operate their production facilities within a radius of no more than 450 miles. Followed by Italian companies with 300 miles. Furniture brands from Germany and the UK are lagging behind, with an average distance of over 1000 miles in terms of production and material origin.

The country's existing infrastructure therefore plays a major role. For Dodds & Shute, local production has numerous advantages: Low CO2 footprints, the promotion of local economies and communities, preserving tradition as well as maintaining high quality and work standards.

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3. Designers play an important role

The report also shows top designers with whom the sustainable companies work together. Accordingly, designers can put pressure on unsustainable producers by preferring sustainable brands their collaborations.

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Information transparency brings responsibility

Previously fundamental design questions about aesthetics, costs and functionality bore the two of them. They see their responsibility in a profound change in the thinking of designers and architects. This enables them to rethink their craft and take ecological responsibility. Design as a process for a more conscious handling of the things that we put into our living environment.

The result of their study is also reflected on their own platform. There Dodds & Shute offer the possibility to filter products according to "sustainability criteria": These include, for example, sustainability standards, production locations, recycled Materials, FSC certificate, VOC content or criteria of Circular economy. Her research should help designers to find suitable products more easily, to achieve more responsible goals faster and to realize sustainable projects.

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