“Our goal in terms of the Circular Economy is simple but effective: successful corporate social responsibility with the focus on a sustainable world.”
To achieve this, we take steps in all areas that help us and our clients to create beautiful and functional furniture with as little impact on the earth as possible. In doing so, we do not only look at our own activities. We are also constantly looking for the optimal circular working methods with our suppliers and clients. We differentiate three activities in our approach:
The Casala furniture collection is extremely suitable for the Circular Economy. For all Casala products, we guarantee the recovery and re-use to the highest possible level according to the 10 R levels of circularity, including existing Casala products.
Several product ranges within our collection already have an exceptionally high content of recycled material. Within the Curvy and Feniks product families, a number of models, under Circular Guarantee, are furthermore provided with a guaranteed return value. As a result, the new owner is guaranteed a fixed residual value at the end of the usage cycle; the furniture is taken back by Casala and re-used to the highest possible level.
Casala can supply a raw material passport for all its products, in which the composition of raw materials is recorded per product. In this way, users know exactly what they are purchasing, that no harmful substances have been used and the extent to which recycled materials have been used.
The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Casala products is currently being prepared. This will map the environmental performance of each product separately based on a complete Life Cycle Analysis.
Do you have used Casala furniture? For all furniture produced by Casala, we guarantee take back and processing into new products. That also applies to >15-year-old furniture.
Since 2004 — the year we started developing the current collection in the Netherlands — Casala has been developing its products on a sustainable basis. Most of the products we have introduced since then, such as Curvy and Feniks, are still current more than 15 years after their introduction. Depending on the type of upholstery used, they consist of 100% recyclable raw materials.
Various projects have now been realised in which old Curvy and Feniks chairs have been refurbished into new chairs. After a long and rewarding use with a first owner, the chairs get a valuable second life with a new owner. Other Casala programmes have also been developed in accordance with these sustainability principles.
“In short: we applied the circular principles to all new Casala products long before there was talk of a Circular Economy.”
In close cooperation with Der Grüne Punkt, Casala has produced chairs whose seat and back are made from 100% recycled plastic household waste. The use of recycled plastics is an important link to save on natural resources, reduce the environmental impact and also ensure the quality and commercial value of contract furniture.
Seat & backrest
Casala is a progressive Dutch furniture manufacturer with over 100 years of experience. We want to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment for the next generation in the right way. Independent evidence of our sustainable actions and the certificates that we, our co-makers, suppliers, transporters and other partners in the supply chain have, are backed up by the regular audits.
Casala is a Launching Partner of the INSIDE/INSIDE platform; an independent online platform that provides an objective insight into how sustainable, circular and healthy an interior may be. This platform is in development, but it will become the standard for independent measurement of the environmental performance of interior products in the Netherlands. The platform is also in compliance with the European standards which are under development. INSIDE/INSIDE covers the entire interior, from floor, wall and ceiling to furniture. The most important contract furniture manufacturers are now connected.
Interior architects, facility managers, project developers and consumers select interior products and materials. They can then read detailed information about this and view and compare reliable data on the environmental and health impact. This data can even be viewed at project level by adding the numbers or m2.
In a single overview, you can see the impact the interior has on the environment and the components that influence it. This saves users time and money, because it makes collecting information about the sustainability of an interior a lot easier.
All information on INSIDE/INSIDE is based on LCAs (Life Cycle Analysis), which have been independently verified by a certified LCA consultant. The LCA describes and measures the environmental and health impacts and circularity of a product, from the raw material production up to the end of its life cycle, energy use, emissions and any waste generated.
Casala has performed an LCA for various models and is actively working on the LCA descriptions for its other furniture lines.