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Sustainability | Jan 2022

Circular strategies

The circular strategies we're implementing, from recycled materials to end-of-life options

Circularity is a simple concept. It means that a product is created with its own end-of-life taken into account. At Luxxbox, we invest in and embed circularity across the product lifecycle, crafting our products from sustainably sourced materials and recycling our products at the end of life. We’re doing what we can to implement new practices, become more transparent about our supply chain and, take accountability and responsibility for our ecological impact.

Here are some of the ways Luxxbox is implementing circular strategies across our product range:

MATERIAL TRANSPARENCY

We’re very picky when it comes to selecting materials to craft our products from, and we know you are too. In our efforts to enhance transparency with our customers on the positive environmental impacts of our products and rise above greenwashing, we ensure our product materials are backed by environmental accreditations. Our acoustic PET materials are made of recycled PET – the type of plastic found in water or soda bottles. The sturdy material is durable in nature, offers great acoustic performance and can be recycled at the end of its life.

Our acoustic PET materials environmental accreditations include Global GreenTag™ certification (GreenRate Level A), Product Health Declaration™: Platinum Health and an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), Credit Contributor for Green Star WELL™ Building Standard and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4.1), Declare, Red List Free, HPD, and CDPH Standard. Our soft wool upholstery fabric is also sustainably sourced, rapidly renewable, compostable and biodegradable. LEED Credit Contributor (LEEDv3: MRc2.2, MRc5 + MRc6), Certified to Indoor Advantage™ “Gold” Rapidly renewable and compostable and is a top-ranked GIGA material with verified Green Claims: Biodegradable.

We’ve also started running our products through the International Living Future Institute’s Declare Program, where you can find all product information disclosed on easy-to-read Declare labels. These labels report all product ingredients, the product’s final assembly locations, life expectancy, end-of-life options, and overall compliance with relevant requirements of the Living Building Challenge (LBC). So far, our Blade, Linea, Vapor Echo and Vapor Echo Cylinder are all Declare listed.

PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM

Circularity across the product lifecycle continues to be a priority for us. We ask the Luxxbox community to engage with our Product Stewardship Program so that we can ensure creative use, repurposing and recycling of deadstock. Our Product Stewardship Program provides an avenue for all products manufactured by Luxxbox to be returned through the selected distributor for recycling at end of product life. No other costs are chargeable to the consumer apart from transport cost to Luxxbox, Brisbane.

We ensure that all GECA certified furniture and items returned at the product end of life will be recycled through relevant resource recovery networks and will not be sent to landfills or incineration. In most cases where products are still functional, they will be re-purposed or refurbished if necessary to prolong their functional life. Please contact your distributor of Luxxbox products to arrange the return of goods. Tax receipt or some other documentary evidence from the original purchase must be retained in order to facilitate resource recovery.

SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING

Our Australian manufacturing facility is fully solar-powered, generating enough energy to run our studio and factory, while also contributing a lot back to the electricity grid. As manufacturers we have a big role to play in protecting our planet, so Luxxbox has committed to moving to carbon-neutral…. to GOING ZERO. So far we’ve partnered with Carbon Neutral to begin our GHG (carbon footprint) assessment and begin our journey towards net-zero emissions. While we’re not there yet, this is a huge step on our journey.

Want to know more about the circular strategies and sustainability of Luxxbox products? We’re passionate about making it easier for you to make informed product choices, so, if you’d like to know more, please contact us or your local agent.

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