ECO-DESIGN AND ARTISANSHIP
RETURN OF THE SLOW MADE
Eco-design is an approach that takes environmental impacts into account in the design and development of the product and integrates environmental aspects throughout its life cycle (from raw material, to end of life, including manufacturing, logistics, distribution and use). For this, it involves:
sustainable management of forest capital (legal and local species, replanting),
a reflection on the sourcing of the raw material (transformation of reclaimed wood, purchase from local producers),
the use of renewable and biodegradable raw materials (vegetable oils, animal and vegetable waxes, casein, natural pigments, vegetable dyes, animal resins and glues, etc.)
a distribution offer (short circuit sales, shops, etc.) and transport that are consistent with the values carried.
Up-cycling (or over-cycling in French) is the art and the way of giving new value to materials, products or objects that we no longer use. We recycle from the "top" by producing objects whose quality is superior to the original materials. This gives the opportunity to create and recreate unique objects.
In addition, there are notions of eco - design, where aesthetic research and product functionality are developed; and those of slow-design which, halfway between art and craftsmanship, places human values and anti-consumerism at the center of creation.
All our creations are made from recycled raw materials (recycled solid wood furniture, structural wood, old boards, etc.) or purchased from local producers. Our design, minimalist and timeless, inspired by Scandinavian and Japanese designs, allows us to keep only the essentials. Each piece of furniture or object that we produce is linked to a use, a need. The manufacture in (very) small series of certain furniture, allows us to reduce production costs.
Finally, our "waste" is either recovered: in a by-product (sculpture, jewelry, bookmark, etc.), in firewood (to heat the workshop), in litter or composted and the ultimate of the ultimate, when there is nothing left to do, treated in recycling centers.
WHERE DOES OUR WOOD COME FROM?
We are committed to collecting the stories they contain. Indeed, is it not moving to know that the craftsman who created this piece of furniture will not have done it for nothing, and instead of being discarded, abandoned at the bottom of a cellar, or even burned? , this one will have a new life in another form? Wouldn't you be touched to know that the pair of earrings you will wear tomorrow were a beam supporting the frame of a house?
Depending on the projects, their complexity or size, but depending on your needs or simply the quantity to be produced, we do not always have a sufficient quantity of wood. We can use "new" lumber purchased from a sawmill near us.
The forest covers more than 421,000 hectares of forests, or 14% of Normandy. And we have very beautiful, quality species: oak, ash, walnut, apple, black locust ...
Exploitation is necessary for the well-being of our forests and their renewal and also contributes maintaining the balance of biodiversity in the forest.
By supplying ourselves to local sawyers, we also participate in the economic development of the sector. If one day there was no more demand timber for furniture, forests would only be exploited to produce biomass. Then we would be alright unfortunate.
Recyclability and recycling of furniture, electrical and electronic components
As a manufacturer of furniture and lighting, we have had the obligation, since 2013, to contribute to the recycling of household equipment through an eco-contribution (or eco-tax) added to the sale price of each new product put on the market. This Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is defined by the Environmental Code.
This eco-contribution makes it possible to finance the sorting, collection, recycling and recovery of used furniture but also to treat the hazardous materials contained in the electrical and electronic waste (WEEE).
Through our membership in two eco-organizations, we can thus better communicate on the life cycle of our products, from their purchase to their end of life. This information is communicated on all of our media (online store, store price labels, etc.).
Atelier Recycl'et Bois is a member of ECO-MOBILIER and ECOLOGIC, national eco-organizations approved by the State.
Thanks to the eco-contribution, 125,000T of furniture wood (solid and derived) were recycled in 7,300km of worktops, i.e. nearly 30 million pieces assembled (ADEME / Ecomobilier 2019 figures) ... And in 2023, Eco-Meubles has set itself the Zero waste objective for furniture ...
Suffice to say that with us, we are ready! Do you want to part with your furniture bought from us? Perhaps we can transform it before we leave you for good ... Otherwise, ask us for the 1 for 1 takeover:)
Member N ° M3383
We collect - free of charge - old furniture, old stocks of wood, boards and other structural timber from individuals, companies or communities. Our old Norman wardrobes, and other "imposing" hardwood furniture such as chests of drawers, oak desks, walnut rosewood, etc. which the younger generations are unwilling or unable to keep are a real treasure for us. This wood has been dry for centuries sometimes, it has acquired a patina over time. Under its gray, dirty or dusty layer often hides wonders.
And for us, what a joy to work again with a resource that is already available. However, recycling wood is not synonymous with savings. The re-exploitation of such a material requires many operations and hours of work before being able to use it: recovery, storage, dismantling, cutting, planing, gluing ... are only the preliminary steps to create boards that will then be used to make new objects and furniture.
The pieces that we make with these solid woods bear the scars of their former life. It will not be rare to observe traces of nails or oxidation. We also keep knots and defects that do not affect the quality and solidity of the furniture.
Using old wood also offers a patina and characteristics that new wood cannot match. The flow of an old bicentennial oak beam will reveal, for example, shades of hues ranging from honey to charred wood. Its variations, the imperfections, bring a very emotional aesthetic. The imperfect beauty of wab-sabi then permeates our creations.
Dematerialized communication tools and media
Green web host
The choice of web hosting was made according to the commitments of the host. Thus, the Atelier Recycl'et Bois site is hosted by Ionos which, since 2007, has been supplied with renewable energy to operate its premises and data centers, uses more efficient computer hardware and software (Linux distribution for example) allowing to limit its energy consumption. It thus contributes to the preservation of the environment by "reducing its CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes per year".
Responsible communication media
All the communication media are designed in such a way as to use as little ink and paper as possible (no solid color, recto-verso) and are few in number. When printing is needed (business cards, flyers, etc.), they are designed to be as ecological as possible.
Dematerialization of customer data
In order to limit its impact on the environment, Atelier Recycl'et Bois sends quotes and invoices to its customers electronically (sent by email) in most cases.
Co-transport, a carpooling solution for parcels
25 % of transport trucks run empty in France and more than 50 % are only half full ...
So to forward our bulky parcels to their recipients (and when the location is more than 100 km away) we have opted for carpooling. We thus avoid multiplying the vehicles on the road and participate in optimizing our carbon impact.
Have the packages transported by any empty car or truck, this is the function of cotransportage, which is to freight what carpooling is to travelers, a solution in line with collaborative consumption. Indeed, cotransportage platforms are more economical. All the services operate on the same principle of pooling and occupying vehicles so that they never run empty.