TOWARD A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 is an international standard recognised globally, that defines how an effective environmental management system should be developed.

ISO 14001 certification is not compulsory: it is the outcome of a voluntary choice by companies who decide to establish/implement/maintain/improve their own environmental management system. The standard does not specify environmental performance levels but shows that the certified organization has a management system in place to control the environmental impact of its activities and takes a systematic approach to achieving consistent, effective and sustainable improvements.
Since 2006, we have satisfied these requirements for the design, development and manufacture (throughout the assembly and control stages) of our chairs, tables and furnishings.

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Why Life Cycle Assessment?

The LCA methodology applied to Catifa 53, Catifa 46 and Babar has enabled us to evaluate their environmental impact throughout their lifecycle by carrying out an in-depth analysis of each stage of the process. This encompasses the raw materials, extraction and treatment ofthe materials used, transportation, assembly of the chairs, packaging, distribution, use andend of life.

Life Cycle Assessment has also enabled us to compare the environmental performance of our products to highlight their most significative impacts and evaluate any improvements to be made.
Since we began to use Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as an instrument for environmental improvement we’ve obtained the environmental declarations for many of our products (Catifa 46, Catifa 53, Babar, Ginger) performed by International third-party organizations. We’ve been the first Italian company to request and obtain from a third-party organization the environmental certification for chairs.

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Environmental Product Certifications

Some versions of Cati­fa 53, Catifa 46 and Babar collections have been the first products to achieve the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) under the Norwegian NHO system. All Ginger tables and some versions of Duna 02 chairs have obtained the International EPD® System under the Swedish Environmental Management Council.

In 2009 we’ve obtained the Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) environmental product certification for the following chair collections: Leaf, Catifa 53, Catifa 46, Duna and Palm. In 2014 also Saya, Juno, Ginger, Gher and Aava have obtained the Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) certification (only for polypropylene, polyethylene and wood shell versions with aluminum and painted bases).
We’ve also obtained the GreenGuard certification for the seatings of collections Aston, Babar, Catifa 46, Catifa 53, Catifa 60, Catifa 70, Catifa 80, Duna, Leaf, Loop, Masai, Norma, Palm, Pix, Saari, Sean, Aava, Saya.
To request a LEED-CI contact: [email protected]

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We design for the world we want to live in, always looking for new ways to extend product lifespan and reduce our impact on the environment.

A PLACE TO START — We established our environmental department in 2005, initiating internal compliance and external certification processes competitive with those of similar businesses worldwide. And we have adopted strict operating standards that make sure all our employees enjoy a safe, healthy workplace.

AN ONGOING COMMITMENT — We are continually investing in sustainability. We work with suppliers to ensure that our products are as low-impact as possible from the very beginning. In 2007, we began performing Life Cycle Assessments on some collections, analyzing environmental performance at all stages: from selection of raw materials and production to transport, use, and end-of-life. Our products are also compliant with a wide range of quality and sustainability standards worldwide.

QUALITY GUARANTEE — The longer the usable life of a product, the more environmentally friendly it is. By setting high-level standards and strict prerequisites in supplier selection, we can ensure the long-term durability of all our products. And we pledge not only quality in the design, but easy and efficient production and distribution.


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  • Product EPD Facts
Catifa 46 — 4 Legs

Catifa 46 — 4 Legs

Carbon Footprint (CO2 eq.)

24,7

Total Water Consumption

129M3

Percentage Recycled Materials

29%

Percentage Recyclable Materials

> 99%
Catifa 46 — Trestle swivel

Catifa 46 — Trestle swivel

Carbon Footprint (CO2 eq.)

28,1

Total Water Consumption

267M3

Percentage Recycled Materials

40%

Percentage Recyclable Materials

> 99%
Catifa 53 — 4 Legs

Catifa 53 — 4 Legs

Carbon Footprint (CO2 eq.)

28,7

Total Water Consumption

140M3

Percentage Recycled Materials

28%

Percentage Recyclable Materials

> 99%
Catifa 53 — Trestle swivel

Catifa 53 — Trestle swivel

Carbon Footprint (CO2 eq.)

48,9

Total Water Consumption

292M3

Percentage Recycled Materials

37%

Percentage Recyclable Materials

> 99%
Duna02 — 4 wood legs

Duna02 — 4 wood legs

Carbon Footprint (CO2 eq.)

22,3

Total Water Consumption

86,1M3

Percentage Recycled Materials

5%

Percentage Recyclable Materials

> 90%
Duna02 Recycled plastic — 4 wood legs

Duna02 Recycled plastic — 4 wood legs

Carbon Footprint (CO2 eq.)

18,0

Total Water Consumption

87,8M3

Percentage Recycled Materials

50%

Percentage Recyclable Materials

> 90%
  • EPD Process Certification

We are the first design company in Italy, and the second in Europe to have obtained the EPD Process Certification for the Chairs and Furniture product category, in accordance with the International EPD System – Sweden.

The EPD Process Certification focusses on the elaboration process aimed to develop the Environmental Declarations within the organization.
Obtaining such Process certification allows Arper to autonomously draw up the EPDs, that is, Type III (ISO 14025) ecolabels that aim at creating reports on the environmental performance of our products, providing objective, comparable and verifiable data.
 

Environmental Management System UNI EN ISO 14001:2015

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) n. DNV-COC-001822

EPD Process Certification (International EPD System – Sweden)

International EPD® System under the Swedish Environmental Management Council for some version of the collections: Catifa 46, Catifa 53, Duna 02 e Ginger.

Greenguard Certification for the seatings of collections Aava, Aston, Babar, Catifa 46, Catifa 53, Catifa 60, Catifa 70, Catifa 80, Catifa Sensit, Colina, Duna 02, Kinesit, Leaf, Loop, Masai, Norma, Palm, Pix, Saari, Saya, Sean, Zinta.

GECA Certification (Good Environmental Choice Australia) for Leaf collection and Juno, Catifa 46, Catifa 53, Palm, Saya, Duna02, Ginger, Gher, Aava only for polypropylene, polyethylene and wood shell versions with aluminum and painted bases

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for Aava 4 wood legs

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