How can we strive to create a more sustainable future? It’s a question that is constantly being reviewed and attempted to answer around the world. At Icons, this is no different. We are consistently assessing our present and future goals to create a more sustainable business and looking at new ways to improve our own ecological impact.
By setting goals for ourselves, investing in environmentally conscious businesses, experimenting with innovative materials and holistically thinking about the lifecycle of our products, we are able to take significant steps to improve sustainability within our business model.
The longevity of reconfigurability
Being a sustainable business is not just about finding new ways of working or introducing new materials to the market. For Icons we take pride in creating products that last for generations. Whether that is through high-quality manufacturing or being reconfigurable as a key feature, we are stepping away from the markets need for constant change and ‘fast furniture’.
All of our collection is built to sustain the activities of modern working environments and provide our customers with longevity of use. Along with their high-quality construction, we provide a 5-year manufacturers’ warranty and will replace or repair parts as our first course of action. This limits the need to replace the product, giving it an extended life which we know will be for generations.
Additionally, we design a selection of our products to be reconfigurable so they can grow with you and your business. The 4T system, Ekko sofa, Scala table system, EC1 Sofa and Bank Sofa are all product systems that can be reconfigured and added to depending on the spaces need.
Our exploration of innovative materials
Besides partnering with like-minded companies, we also like to look into our own ways of pushing the boundaries with the materials we use to produce our furniture.
The Scala Table System is a versatile table system designed to meet the demands of the modern office. Balancing natural oak expression with technologically advanced materials, the Scala table has been designed with a strong agenda to limit resources within its composition, bringing material efficiency to a new level. The table top is created from a three-dimensional plant fiber composite which is sandwiched between two thin layers of formaldehyde-free MDF. Supported by an intricately designed and infinitely recyclable aluminium fitting, solid FSC Oak legs are fitted onto the tabletop completing the product’s profile.
Our Bark Lounge is one of the first commercial lounge chairs to be made of cork – a renewable, natural material that can be recycled and reused again and again. Additionally, it is also naturally fire retardant, meaning that it isn’t necessary to treat it with hazardous fire-retardant chemicals.
Our recycled polypropylene shell for the Sky Chair range is made of <60% post-consumer industrial waste, repurposed from the car industry. The shell of the chair can be continuously recycled to limit the use of new plastics in the environment. With the same strength and durability as the virgin plastic shell of our Sky Chair collection, choosing the recycled option can help to contribute to your environmentally certified building requirements.
By exploring innovative materials we are committed to offering alternative and eco-friendly solutions in our products.
Keeping ourselves in check
Icons holds ISO 14001 and ISO9001 certifications and have done so since 2020 when we achieved our first certification.
To be certified, we are externally audited to assess our business goals, processes, and management team. In doing so, we recognise the importance of being a fully functioning transparent business that sets annual benchmarks to continuously improve and adapt.
ISO 14001 recognises that Icons is striving to create more sustainable manufacturing processes. We are dedicated to improving this through a series of goals determined by an internal set of guidelines.
ISO 9001 has been awarded to demonstrate our commitment to optimising our quality procedures, ensuring our products are produced to the highest standard.
Our products are continuously sought after for large-scale office projects worldwide of which the vast majority of them set sustainable initiatives within their building specifications. For us, it was important that we could contribute and be able to adhere to globally recognised environmental and quality standards through our furniture and business structure.
Want to learn more about the goals we have set out to achieve this year? Click here to read through our pledge to stay ISO compliant.
Made in Denmark, something to be proud of
As part of the annual study of Environmental Performance Indicators (EPI), funded by the World Economic Forum and the European Commission, and carried out collaboratively by Yale and Columbia Universities, 180 countries submit their environmental performance and initiatives.
Denmark has been awarded first position as the top-ranking country for Environmental Performance for 2020, and 2022. Since 2006, Denmark has consistently ranked within the top 35 countries and is often included within the top 10 for their environmental initiatives.
With this in mind, Icons of Denmark is proud to manufacture our products in Denmark. By investing in Denmark’s economy, it not only pays tribute to our heritage, but it provides us with confidence that our products are manufactured in a country that is internationally recognised for its high environmental standards and forward-thinking approach to sustainable manufacturing.
Partnering for sustainability
Both companies are committed to improving their sustainability index through internationally recognised certifications such as the EU Eco Label, Green Guard Certificate and Nordic Swan Label.
We work closely with Kvadrat and Sorensen to choose materials which are best suited to our furniture, ensuring we are offering suitable workplace products that are not only environmentally conscious, but will stand the test of time in a commercial environment.
Contact our team to find out more about our standard fabric and leather ranges.
Looking to the future
For Icons, this is just the start of our journey of reworking our business and manufacturing into becoming a better and more sustainable organisation. Through a shared agenda, and awareness, we are focused on bringing forward innovative solutions while minimising our impact on the environment through the limit of toxic materials and substances, providing quality, reconfigurable and longevity-focused products.
Keen to learn more about our sustainability goals? Contact a member of our team to discuss our initiatives.