Use & Preserve
Read our Use and Preserve catalogue here.
The life-span of a design is crucial when it comes to the impact it makes on the environment. That is why we consider it a factor that producers, retailers and users alike ought to have an attitude towards if striving to act as sustainably as possible.
The difference between a design that lasts for decades and a design that lasts just a few years is enormous – both when it comes to the joy of using it, the economy and, in particular, the environment. Designs with a long life-span have a much less negative impact that results from the procurement of raw materials, transportation, packaging and removal than designs that only last a few years and thus need to be quickly replaced. At the same time, it is good business to choose designs that last for many years, rather than those that need to be replaced by new ones time and time again. The higher initial cost of a quality product will often be offset after just a few years by the fact that one avoids on-going expense for replacements. And lastly, there is the pleasure and satisfaction of having a design that remains beautiful and functional year after year – and can possibly even be passed on to future generations. This is sustainability in a different sense.
It basically has to do with getting rid of the ‘use and throw away’ mentality and encouraging a ‘use and preserve’ mind-set when choosing designs for the home and for the garden. This makes good sense – for the environment, one’s wallet and pleasure experienced when using a good design.