We extend our congratulations to Arper, our brand partner of nearing on 20 years, for their recent FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Italian Furniture Award.
FSC is an authoritative international organisation committed to the protection of forests and plantations, with the first edition of the FSC Italy Furniture Awards aiming to reward Italian furniture companies committed to sustainability. The Awards celebrate Italian companies who choose to use timber originating from forests or plantations managed in compliance with strict social and economic environmental standards. The ultimate aim of the initiative is therefore to shed light on the origin of timber as a raw material, stimulating architects, designers and industries to design and produce FSC-certified timber items.
Arper received the Special Environmental Sustainability Award, an important recognition of the environmental path that the company has been following for several years.
To assign the Special Environmental Sustainability Award, judges took into consideration the company’s environmental commitment, particularly evaluating the practices verified through the hold of European third-party certifications (such as ISO14000, ISO 5001, SA8000, ISO9000).
"This award is given to a company that has particularly distinguished itself in terms of sustainable development thanks to a growing commitment over time, increasingly integrating sustainability into its production and design processes. In addition to having obtained the FSC certification, it is the first company in Italy and the second in Europe to have obtained the "EPD environmental process certification" for the product category Seating and Furnishings, based on the Swedish certification system. These actions have enabled the company improve its environmental impact also through the partial use of recycled materials in the products produced. Finally, the company has demonstrated a strong commitment in the field of "Research and Development", particularly focusing on the use of alternative polymeric materials of bio and / or recycled resources, in order to limit the production of plastic from fossil sources”.
Congratulations to Arper for winning the award. We are proud to represent a brand who places priority on sustainable production and design processes.