Wellworking | Environment

Sustainability

We are doing what we can to lesson our footprint on the planet and make sure our company is a good place to work.

We believe that quality, sustainability and commercial success are not mutually exclusive - instead they can coexist in a beneficial way.

The products we choose to stock are of a high quality and designed to last with long warranties to back this up. Many of these products are made from a high proportion of recycled material and their components are easily recyclable at the end of the product’s life.

We take away all the packaging when we deliver products and recycle as much as we can within our offices to reduce the waste that goes to landfill.

Our drive for sustainability is not just about protecting our environment though, we also want to make sure we give back to the community and be socially responsible.

We are an official Living Wage employer as we believe all our staff should be paid a salary they can actually live off. Our staff also choose a charity to support every year and take part in fundraising activities to raise money. For 2022 this is YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. We have supported many other charities over the years in our bid to make a difference to our communities.

Our Suppliers & Their Commitments

Herman Miller

Herman Miller as part of MillerKnoll has committed to the environment with its 2030 Sustainability Goals which will underpin everything the company does. To help improve the health of the plant, the company commits to:

  • Reduce its carbon footprint from the manufacture of its products and its operations by 50%
  • Stop using single use plastics and substantially reduce other waste
  • Use materials that that contain 50% of more recycled content and strive to use materials that are sustainably and responsibly sourced.

All of Herman Miller’s products are designed for durability with 12 year warranties and can be easily disassembled so the components can be reused, repaired, refurbished or recycled. All Herman Miller facilities use 100% renewable energy and waste products such as wood and fabric are recycled to create new materials.

Herman Miller helped to create NextWave which is a group of companies committed to collecting ocean-bound plastic from rivers and coastal areas, recycling it and using it in products and packaging.

Each year their employees have a paid day off to allow them to vote and volunteer in their local communities.

Vitra

Vitra products are designed to endure so that they remain in use for as long as possible. Selected products have 10 or even 30 year warranties due to their high-quality design and premium materials.

When a product reaches the end of its usable life, the company offers take-back programmes so the products or their components can be repurposed, restored or recycled. By 2030 Vitra has committed to being a net positive company in terms of its ecological footprint and currently its production facilities only use electricity from hydropower and solar power.

Recycled raw materials are used wherever possible such as the RE material which is made from recycled plastic waste collected from German homes.

Flokk

Flokk is committed to being an environmentally conscious organisation by developing circular products, services and processes that have a minimal impact on the plant.

The company has set ambitious goals for 2030 around the use of energy and materials and aims to achieve these by using more renewable energy and reducing the amount of carbon dioxide produced and energy used during the production of products.

Flokk uses recycled plastic in its products as much as possible and is continually looking to increase this proportion to an average of 60% across all its products.

The company was the first office chair producer to be ISO14001 certified in 1999, the international standard for environmental management.

Flokk’s circular design principals have five criteria with the aim of reducing each product’s impact on climate, resources and health. These are: low weight, few components, the use of recycled or renewable materials, a long life span, and designed for disassembly.

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