Environmental

 

         


TREES

We've built our company on the core mission of creating products that last longer than a lifetime. We make these products out of reclaimed wood, or from wood that comes from sustainably harvested forests. Using wood that was previously used eliminates the need to cut down new trees. However, due to the limited availability of that wood, we sometimes work with trees that are cut in a way that does not damage the forest ecosystem.

We work with a few non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to make sure that the new wood used in our products is sustainable. At a minimum, our new wood products meet the five requirements of the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) Controlled Wood standard. For more information on FSC Standards, visit www.fsc.org. Additionally, we work with Trees4Trees, a non-profit based in Indonesia that teaches tree farmers sustainable forestry practices: www.trees4trees.org.

 
         


ENERGY

The greatest energy uses in our offices and workshop are lighting, heating and air conditioning (HVAC). Before selecting an office, we first make sure we choose a space that has a significant amount of daylight. This reduces the amount of electricity we need to light our offices. Once in our space, we install compact fluorescent bulbs that use almost five times less energy than a standard light bulb.

We also make sure that our HVAC systems are properly balanced so that they use the right amount of energy for the space. When possible, we open windows instead of using HVAC. Our workshops are located in small villages in tropical environments so the weather in the shade is perfect all year! Our workshops have covered roofs which are open below the roof, meaning that we never need HVAC, and there is always a natural breeze ventilating the workspace.

         


WASTE

We begin our design process with materials that others see as waste, or that are sustainably harvested. We then develop products that minimize material waste during production. And when possible, we use wood offcuts in our smaller products.

Many companies develop products based on trends. When those trends go out of style, those products go in the garbage. We take this into consideration and design products that pull influence from familiar furniture concepts, which in essence, makes our designs timeless. Combined with solid, natural materials, this timeless design ensures that our products maintain their value over time. This means that if you ever decided to get rid of your Aellon furniture, that you could resell it. Or, if you wanted to throw them out, all of our products are 100% recyclable.

         


WATER

The furniture industry uses very little water during the manufacturing process. In our offices, however, we utilize low-flush toilets and urinals, and low-flow sinks to reduce the unnecessary use of fresh drinking water.