Eco-DESIGN FOR ROCHE BOBOIS

Our increased awareness of how human activity can impact our environment has moved Roche Bobois to develop a new and more sustainable approach to design and manufacturing. We have always believed that it is essential to be eco-friendly in both creating and producing a design: a product is only creatively brilliant and of the highest quality if its production respects the environment around us and our customers. Therefore we have increased our commitment to ensuring that new products as well as those already established are more environmentally friendly. In order to achieve this, Roche Bobois has developed its own process of evaluation - Eco6: this software allows us to design more sustainable furniture. It also helps us to consider the best ways of making our existing products more sustainable.

Already more than 150 of our pieces have been deemed sustainable according to the Eco6 guidelines.

 

THIS TOOL IS BASED ON 6 CRITERIA:

  1. 1The sustainability of the materials used (sustainable, recycled or recyclable materials…),
  2. 2The nature of the finishes and applied coatings (natural colourings, soluble varnishes, polyurethane varnish etc.),
  3. 3The average life span of a product (calculated according to the FCBA’s framework, a technological board specialising in furniture),
  4. 4Whether the product can be adapted to reduce transport costs.
  5. 5Whether materials used to create the product can be separated (entirely or partially, to determine whether the material can be reused or not at the end of a product’s life),
  6. 6The quantity of different types of material used (mono materials, bi materials etc) in the manufacture of each piece. To aid separability of materials at the end of the product’s lifecycle, and to limit the number of treatment processes required, use of fewer materials in the composition of each model is actively encouraged.
 

EACH OF THESE 6 CRITERIA ARE MARKED ON A SCALE FROM 1 TO 4 FROM WHICH AN OVERALL SCORE IS EXTRACTED.

On an internal level, a product is defined as sustainable only if it earns a grade of 3 or above.

 

LOOK OUT FOR THE ECO-DESIGN LABEL ON CERTAIN PRODUCTS.


In addition to this, the following considerations are taken when producing a new piece:
• Reducing CO2 emissions
- The harmful gas created by using some natural finishes can be reused (for example, suppressed gases created by polyurethane varnish can be made into oils or wax)
- We are committed to increasing the use of solid wood that is certifiably sustainable and credited by protective forestry commissions, including CARB certification (the highest American standard)
• Transportation efficiency is factored into the design and production process of each piece from the first stage of development (we strive to create designs that are easily and efficiently dismantled, packed and transported).

 
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