The supply chain
Our product line consists of many different types of products. In consequence, we work with a large group of suppliers of both raw materials and manufacturing.
Our sourcing team works hard to select the best-in-class suppliers of raw material such as wood, steel, plastic, fabrics and more.
Quality control is important to us. To be close to the production sites, we have employed our own team of skilled Quality Control Managers, both in Europe and in Asia, who visit the production sites several times a year to ensure fair production and that the products meet our high standards.
Reducing CO2 emission
Normann Copenhagen takes responsibility for reducing CO2 emissions through the choice of transportation providers, all of which have active policies for just that. We primarily transport by ship, which is a more environmentally friendly transportation option. In addition, many of our made-to-order products can be shipped directly from the production sites to the customers. This way, we reduce the amount of transportation-related CO2 emissions per item.
We are actively exploring opportunities for local production and warehousing in growing markets, which comply with our high-quality standards.
As of August 2016, we have two warehouse facilities, of which one is located in Denmark and one in China. This means that products made in China no longer need to be shipped back and forth to Denmark before reaching the Asian customers and vice versa. This has resulted in a significant reduction in our CO2 emissions.
We care about each product's environmental impact made throughout its life cycle.
Our furniture is 100% recyclable and can easily be disassembled for sorting at source. We encourage disposal in the environmentally conscious way at your local waste center.
We are working to minimize waste in all parts of our business. We do this by having a constant focus on efficient use and increased recycling of resources in our production facilities.
Normann Copenhagen is a member of Weee (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment). The WEEE Directive establishes common EU rules on the management of WEEE. The rules take offset in environmental considerations and aim to limit the quantity of WEEE for disposal.
At Normann Copenhagen, we continuously strive to reduce our environmental impact, and one apparent approach is to introduce more sustainable packaging solutions.
Our most recent initiative is to substitute expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), commonly known as “Styrofoam”. Styrofoam is a lightweight protective plastic material used in packaging and building insulation. Due to its vibration dampening and cushioning properties, the material has been widely used within packaging. However, Styrofoam is difficult to recycle and often ends in nature where it is nondegradable. Therefore, it was imperative for Normann Copenhagen to seek sustainable packaging alternatives with similar protective qualities. Pulp paper is a fiber-based material made from recycled paper and cardboard. This raw material is biodegradable and offers excellent protection making it perfectly suitable for packaging solutions.
We have replaced the Styrofoam packaging with molded pulp in both our Amp lamp collection and Block tables. Our ambition is to replace all our use of Styrofoam with pulp paper by the end of 2020. In addition, we only use recycled cardboard in our packaging. Cardboard can be recycled many times without losing its strength.
We are dedicated to finding more sustainable packing solutions without compromising on the protection of the products and exposure to moisture, insects, dirt, light and transportation in order to supply costumers with long-lasting high-quality products.