Fit for the future

It's no secret that furniture has a huge environmental impact – it is usually made using carbon intensive materials like foam and steel, it’s bulky to transport and it often ends up in landfill as it’s expensive to repair.

It’s estimated that in Sydney alone furniture that ends up being dumped in landfill every year is the equivalent of 800,000 three-seater sofas, 1.65 million dining tables, 3.4million coffee tables or 6.85 million chairs.

So what is Koskela doing?

We believe that as originators of products we have a responsibility to ensure that our products have as minimal an impact on the earth as possible. Our end goal is that that they help regenerate the earth.

Our Koskela Future Fit program aims to move our business towards a circular economic model which is designed to benefit business, society and the environment. In contrast to the 'take-make-waste' linear model, a circular economy is regenerative by design and aims to gradually decouple growth from the consumption of limited resources.

Here's what we're doing:

Designer: Bates Smart / Photographer: Anson Smart

Designer: Bates Smart / Photographer: Anson Smart

Classic Design

We refuse to buy into fashionability when it comes to interiors. Furniture has a huge environmental footprint and it’s irresponsible to design pieces in this way. Our ambition is to design products that will become future heirlooms – treasured by both their current owners and those in the future.

Repairability

All new Koskela products are designed to be repaired and to make replacement components easily available. Many of our products can be repaired on site by either trained installers or the purchaser. We are in the process of reengineering our existing products to allow for this. Our best-selling Quadrant Soft sofa now comes with removable covers and we gladly offer to reupholster or refinish Koskela items so they last another decade.

Koskela RePlay

In 2022 we propose launching Koskela RePlay a marketplace for refurbished Koskela furniture. This will mean our pieces can continue finding a home that cherishes them and will allow our Koskela fans to access our products at lower prices.

Measuring our carbon footprint

We’ve been measuring our carbon footprint since 2019. Our process for measuring our carbon footprint is improving each year we’ve done this but it’s not perfect. We measure the carbon we create:

  • in our business,
  • the materials we use in our products,
  • the energy used to manufacture them and
  • the transport to our customers.

In 2021 the biggest source of our emissions is:

  • Raw materials (61%),
  • Manufacturing (51%),
  • Freight (9%).
Photograph: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Photograph: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Carbon Neutral - for now

As we work on eliminating our emissions, we have purchased offset credits so we are carbon neutral. The offsets we have chosen are all verified Gold Standard carbon offsets.

Aboriginal Carbon Fund, Northern Territory, Australia

The Aboriginal Carbon Foundation (AbCF) catalyses life-changing, community prosperity, through carbon farming. We chose the Aboriginal Carbon Fund as we have a strong commitment to reconciliation with Australia’s First Nations peoples.

Nuziveedu Seeds Wind Power Projects, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, India

Nuziveedu Seeds Limited (NSL) is a Bio Agri company that supplies Indian farmers with quality seeds. The company’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives include the provision of clean, renewable energy. Two wind turbine projects in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu supply the NEWNE grid and the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB), displacing electricity otherwise sourced from fossil fuels. The wind power project was chosen for its social benefits in addition to its positive environmental impact.

Absolute zero by 2030

Our goal is to completely eliminate all emissions we create through our products, business, manufacturing and transport by 2030.

We will do this by:

  • removing and substituting high carbon emissions materials used in our products;
  • transitioning all local deliveries to solar powered EVs;
  • working with our manufacturing partners to encourage them to switch to renewable energy suppliers;
  • working with our landlords to install solar energy on our sites (we have used green energy since 2009 and currently work with Australia’s no 1 rated green energy provider, Enova); 
  • continuing to design products that can be assembled at their final destination and working with local manufacturing partners to minimise freight emissions;
  • working with the industry to assist in the transition to electric trucks for our deliveries;
  • continuing to innovate our business model to transition to completely eliminate waste;

    Certifications

    Each year, we’ll keep reporting on progress on our emissions reductions strategies to hold ourselves accountable. On top of this, we:

    • are committed to Science Based Targets (SBTis) and we are required to report on our progress;
    • members of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and are committed to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
    • ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 certified – these are internationally recognised quality and environmental standards that we are assessed against each year;
    • GECA certified – many of our products have been independently certified as being environmentally innovative;
    • Certified B Corporation®.