TECHO became the first FISP (Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme) member and certificate holder with its manufacturing base outside Great Britain. The main objective of this programme is to ensure best practice with regards to a company’s relationship to the environment and corporate social responsibility in general. It was launched in 2006 by the Furniture Industry Environmental Committee.
The FISP certificate is awarded to companies whose production technology and products fulfil strict criteria for protection of the environment.
Members of FISP demonstrate an overriding interest in sustainable development. The programme concentrates on reducing negative impact on the environment and society primarily by reducing the consumption of natural resources and the production of waste. The main criteria according to which certification is assessed are as follows: attitude to the environment, emissions, waste and rubbish, energy, transport, service life and recycling.
Environmentally friendly by design
We design our products for minimum environmental impact. Material content is reduced, we use materials that can be recycled and ensure that our products can easily be disassembled into separate recyclable components.
We have a goal of reducing the use of packaging material by 10% each year. We have been achieving this even in years when production output has increased by 20%.
Emissions well below strict international standards (in fact, they are only 10% of the EU permissible limits), elimination of harmful materials from the production process, investment in the latest technology and machinery, all waste streams are analysed and regulated using the 3R concept (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).
From energy saving bulbs to more efficient machinery and the reuse of heat from the paint shop, TECHO is continually striving to reduce power consumption. Solar panels have been installed on site to generate electricity. They currently produce only a very small proportion of our energy needs, but as we install further arrays of panels and become more efficient in the way we consume electricity, this proportion will increase.
Unfortunately it is currently not possible to avoid the use of road transport – and thus the combustion of fossil fuels. Nevertheless, we try to make road transport as efficient as possible. We use lorries that conform to EURO 4 or 5, we transport products in such a way that makes the most effective use of load capacity, choose the most fuel efficient routes and use local storage hubs – all with the aim of reducing fuel consumed per product delivered.
Promoting the concept of sustainability
After being successfully audited, TECHO is the first non-British company to become a full member of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP).
We actively reduce the amount of paper we use, we promote the reuse of paper (reverse side) and then it is collected for recycling. Plastic bottles are also collected in the office for recycling.
Whilst we are proud of our record on the environment we are fully aware that this is an area that is developing very rapidly. It is certain that in 10 or 20 years time what is considered environmentally friendly today will be considered poor or even inadequate. Our customers are demanding ever greater efforts on the part of their furniture suppliers to reduce environmental impact. We are therefore committed to the continual improvement of our environmental record in order to remain a trend setter in this field rather than a trend follower.