As a company committed to caring for the planet, we pay attention to how all aspects of our process relate to the environment. Having sustainable and renewable source materials is one important part of that. Using every part of those materials is another.
Our hand finished furniture is made of Moso bamboo, one of the planet’s superstar plants. Moso bamboo grows to full maturity in under 5 years, is able to be harvested without harming the mother root, and absorbs more carbon dioxide and puts out more oxygen than almost any other plant.
In addition to using one of the most renewable resources there is, we are proud to say that we use every part of every bamboo stalk that enters our factory – creating a zero waste manufacturing process.
Here’s how we do it:
When the harvested bamboo arrives in our factory, our furniture makers begin the process of cutting the culms into the sizes we need. The Greenington factory uses the bottom of the culm for our furniture. We send the rest of the culm parts to other bamboo factories to make mat, basket or other bamboo products.
During this process, there is some bamboo by-product that doesn’t make it into the pressed pieces and panels that we use to make our furniture. There are also pieces that are then trimmed in the crafting process that are remainders, as well.
As part of our unique factory partnerships, Greenington delivers all of this by-product to other factories to make bamboo pellets which are then used as fuel to make the steam power for our press machine, kiln dry room, and other processes. This ensures that every part of every piece of bamboo harvested for our products is fully used, with zero waste.
We are proud to have both a process and professional collaborative that values responsible and sustainable practices that enables us to achieve this outcome, contributing to an overall healthier environment and world.