6 - 8 SEPTEMBER 2022

RICEC, RIYADH

Reducing interior design’s impact on the environment

22 Apr. 2022

Earth Day is a perfect reminder that the environment is not just outdoors but everywhere around us. Thinking about negative impact on the environment through interior decorating can make us mindful about this beautiful planet that we call home. With United Nations report warning that humanity now has less than 10 years to slow down global warming, designers are becoming increasingly aware of how the products they design impact the planet. To mark the Earth Day, we've rounded up some of INDEX Saudi Arabia exhibitors and their initiatives that benefit both people and the planet.

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FAMO

At FAMO longevity is a principal contribution for a sustainable development. They analyse and control every process, product and service, ensuring that they do not cause any harmful effect on the environment.

Since 1947, FAMO responds to different situations with “healthy” solutions, placing as a priority environmental, social and economic issues. Industrial honesty along with eternal materials, values and traditions are very marked in the spirit of FAMO. Each component must be easily adapted to respond to various challenges and, mainly, easily recyclable. www.famo.pt

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TEKNION

Teknion is providing the people, skills and services to ensure maximum financial and social benefits with minimum environmental impact for customers’ decommissioned furniture. Each year, they expand organizational goals and objectives to support the reduction of impacts on the environment.

Their Divert Program is a service that provides customers an option to sell, donate, and/or recycle their old furniture. One of Teknion’s many initiatives is to bundle the cardboard and plastic packaging, to reduce freight space and provide more opportunities to responsibly recycle waste.

For their annual Earth Day celebration, their primary challenge is making a place for bees. Four of Teknion’s workplace products – Journal casegoods, Livello Counterbalance Height-Adjustable Worktable, Thesis Learning and Library Tables, and Variable Multi-Purpose Seating earned 2015 Green Good Design Awards.

Read more of their sustainability stories here.

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WILKHAHN

Wilkhahn sets new standards in terms of its socio-ecological approach.

In 1989, Wilkhahn’s supervisory board made the ground-breaking resolution that, if in doubt, ecology and social responsibility were to be valued more highly than a quick profit. Since then, Wilkhahn has been developing office furniture that stands apart for practical innovations, appealing and sustainable design.

As a winner of the German Environmental Prize, the company has been actively practicing environmental responsibility for over 20 years. In addition to a number of international accolades, office chair ON has also received the Federal Eco-design Award. www.wilkhahn.com

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SEDUS

For Sedus, environmental protection and resource conservation are essential in order to maintain an environmentally intact world. This ranges from the choice of materials used to make sustainable office furniture through processing and packaging to recycling.

Sedus was the world's first office furniture manufacturer to have received the EMAS III (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) certification in 2010. When recycling Sedus products, it goes without saying that all materials can be separated according to their type. www.sedus.com

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From reducing waste and maximizing urban greenery to collaboration and lobbying for change, solutions to reduce pressure on the planet are now taking center stage. We are proud to be partnering with a growing group of international design leaders committed to sustainable design and to welcome them as signed exhibitors at INDEX Saudi Arabia.

Are you looking to expand your business in Saudi Arabia? Find out more about exhibiting at INDEX.

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Read on for news, reviews, videos and more on the INDEX Saudi Arabia blog, featuring guest contributors and new articles regularly.