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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ETHICAL
Is it possible to have luxury, delivered responsibly, with a low impact on the environment, and without compromising on style?
As a society, we are waking up to the damage that irresponsible consumption is doing to the planet. The spotlight has been shone on plastic pollution in our oceans, thanks to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet television series. Public opinion is rising up against unsustainable manufacturing, and movements promoting ethics and sustainability are gathering force.
AUTHOR was founded on ethical principles: High-quality British design, made to last. However, this approach to business has not been without its challenges.
WHAT ETHICAL DESIGN MEANS TO US
Ethics are about integrity, honesty and upholding clearly defined values. We want you to know that our AUTHOR customers always get the best from us. We have an obligation to make sure you are getting the best possible products and the very highest standard of service. This is particularly important when you are investing in heirloom pieces, to be cherished in your home for a lifetime. We want you to be delighted with every aspect of your purchase from the way it looks and the way it is used to the way it was made, the materials used and even the way it was delivered to you.
STUNNING AND SUSTAINABLE, SLOW DESIGN
It is often thought that sustainability and style do not go hand in hand but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Many of the beautiful, British-made, hand crafted items in our collections are made from certified, sustainable resources.
AUTHOR cabinetmakers and woodworkers, the Galvin Brothers, David Watson and Namon Gaston, all use wood from local sources with either certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
Katharina Eisenkoeck, designer and maker, sources stone from disused quarries to produce the weighty bases of her gorgeous mirrors. All our makers are mindful of sustainability and responsible production, which is something we applaud and support.
Our Blackpop wallpaper is digitally printed in the UK with environmentally friendly inks and no formaldehyde.
Another of our producers, Wildheart Organics, has a noted high standard of ethics. They do not test their own products on animals and neither do they incorporate other products that have been tested on animals. All Wildheart’s containers, bottles and packaging can be recycled. Their candle wax is a vegetarian product, made avoiding petrochemicals and toxic substances. Since all their products are handmade, they are able to ensure quality and the raw material supply chain. The challenges and cost of making candles to these strict specifications means that there are very few companies which do so.
SUPPORT BRITISH DESIGNERS AND PRODUCERS
Almost all of the objects in our collections are designed and made in Britain. The only exception to this is our floor rugs. Our Wendy Morrison rugs are designed by Wendy in Scotland and then skilfully hand-tufted by her team in India. Wendy Morrison’s rugs carry the GoodWeave label. GoodWeave is a global, not-for-profit organisation which operates an international certification programme. The scheme is working to end illegal child labour in the rug industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia, a cause close to our hearts. Furthermore, we are currently working with the last remaining Scottish rug manufacturer on a new rug, exclusive to AUTHOR.
We champion the production of objects and furniture that embody ideals of timeless and classic design. We encourage our customers to invest well in these ‘lifetime’ pieces. We want people to consider carefully the objects with which they furnish their homes and to adopt a mindful attitude towards buying furniture for life. We are asking our customers to not buy for consumption’s sake. Pressured or impulsive buying costs more in the long run, as one is drawn into a cycle of continual and wasteful re-buying. Habitual re-buying also causes serious effects to the environment when outmoded or unwanted items are thrown away. We want to shift expectations, so that a furniture purchase is expected to last many years, seeing its owner through house moves and changes in fashion.
The packaging we use is 100% recycled. Our tissue paper wrapping has been recycled and is acid-free. The protective foam pellets that we use are biodegradable. Even our luxury gift wrapping has been recycled, proving that sustainability can be stylish. We also recycle any packaging that has been sent to us and we encourage others to do the same. We try to do what we can, where we can, striving to minimise our impact on the environment.
There will be changes needed in the way we live, work and consume, as we seek to halt the damage that has been done to the planet, and particularly to the seas. We are happy to make the necessary changes in order to do our bit. At AUTHOR, we will strive to do our best to focus on responsible and sustainable luxury furniture and interior items and to give our customers the service they deserve, value and trust.
If you’d like to know more about our practices and would like to get in touch, then please do not hesitate to contact us.