Our number one sustainability focus is the fact that Finline is providing 30 jobs to people in and around Co Laois and have done so for the past 35 years. We are based in a small rural community in the centre of Ireland, exporting across the globe while maintaining local jobs. Capturing sustainability in a business is about keeping our eye on more than the bottom line – we try to keep a balance between; people, profit and place (social, economic and environment). As we are a family business we feel a tremendous responsibility for the people we employ but also the local community and local environment.
In the last 3 years we have reduced our Carbon Footprint by 30%. We are committed to recycling and re-using packaging and components where possible. We have implemented many energy saving solutions as we know we have a responsibility to continuously seek to reduce pollution and improve our resource efficiency through reduction of energy use and waste. In 2014 we completed a LEAN Manufacturing Programme with the aid of Enterprise Ireland and Ray McEvoy and this program has been of great benefit for our production efficiency.
The following are some examples of how we are trying to contribute and achieve a positive Sustainable Policy:
The timber in the frames we use is Kiln-Dried Hardwood Beech and is FSC approved. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international not for-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. Its main tools for achieving this are standard setting, certification and labelling of forest products. The organization aims to “provide businesses and consumers with a tool to influence how forests worldwide are managed”.
Up-Cycling, Recovery & Re-Upholstery
Our sofas and chairs are built to last, allowing these pieces to be recovered and re-used over the years. We value the trends that are occurring where people are “retro-cycling and upcycling” and our recovery & re-upholstery process is part of that. A Finline product is not going to be put into landfill in 3 or 4 years time, it is an investment. We hope that it can be given to the next generation to use and recover and recover again. The throw away culture we have become accustomed to is on the decline and good value for money is now seen as something that will stand the test of time. This is an important part of why we concentrate on the quality of each component we use.
All the cardboard we use or take in from deliveries is baled and recycled in local plants, all plastics and plastic packaging is baled and recycled. The foams and fibres that we do not use are returned to the supplier and are re-used as reconstituted foam for underlay and in other industries. Some of our foam off-cuts are used by local artists and we also give a large proportion of these off-cuts to a scheme based in Dublin called ReCreate.
We have recently changed over all our lighting throughout our showrooms to LED. These reduce our energy consumption as they provide the same amount of light and use half the energy. We are committed to changing our entire factory to LED lighting in 2015 to further reduce our carbon footprint.
The fabrics we use are mostly made from natural yarns. Due to the nature of cutting fabric for upholstery, there can be a high percentage of fabric we cannot use. We have large quantities of off-cuts of fabric which we give to schools, local craft industry and charities. Some of the off cuts have been used in punch bags that many of our famous Olympic Boxers have trained with.