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The vision of a responsible brand

Legend bookcase, eco-designed by Roche Bobois

Legend bookcase, eco-designed by Roche Bobois

At Roche Bobois, we believe that design, quality and environmental responsibility are closely entwined: a product is creative and high-quality only when it respects the environment at large. Since 2005, we have been dedicated to transforming Roche Bobois into a more virtuous brand. This journey began by adopting an evaluation tool to quantify the environmental impact of our products, and to improve existing collections whenever possible. Secondly, we have gradually integrated environmental performance into every aspect of product development, starting at its design phase. Today, our eco-design strategy is an ongoing investment that underpins a wider commitment to improving the entire value chain: from design to manufacturing, transport, logistics, and recycling.

ECO8 IS BASED ON 8 CRITERIA GROUPED IN 4 CATEGORIES :

 

MATERIALS

1 - Environmental profile/evaluation of materials used for structures (recyclability, etc.).
2 - Environmental profile/evaluation of materials used for coatings.

MANUFACTURING

3 - Colors, varnishes, glues and finishes used.
4 - Environmental practices implemented in workshops (certifications ...).

USE

5 - Durability of the product.
6 - Where applicable: type of lighting and performance of the light source of the product.

RECYCLING

7 - Quantity of materials used.
8 - Separability of the materials used.

 

Each of these 8 criteria is rated from 1 to 4, an average is then calculated. Based on our evaluation system, we consider that a product is eco-designed when it obtains a score greater than or equal to 3.

materiaux

Among the general actions taken by Roche Bobois to reduce environmental impact, we can mention:

Reduction of VOC emissions in the atmosphere:

- Natural finishes used for some collections (removal of polyurethane varnish in favor of oils or waxes);
- Adoption of CARB / TSCA Title VI of the U.S.A, one of the most stringent regulations concerning the release of formaldehyde in wood-based panels.

The process of obtaining standards and certifications by our workshops:

- ISO 14001 for environmental management (43% of our products come from manufacturing workshops complying with this standard);
- ISO 9001 for quality management;
- OHSAS 18001 for the management of health and safety at work;
- FSC / PEFC for sustainably managed timber: we are gradually increasing the proportion of products made from panels and solid wood complying with these certifications.

The implementation of an eco-design guide (and more specifically the Eco8 evaluation tool) establishes good practices in the daily product development for our designers and workshops.



Throughout our site, all products that have been tested as "eco-designed" are indicated with this pictogram: eco-conçu

** FCBA : Forêt Cellulose Bois-Construction Ameublement, Reference Technological Institute.

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