Form & Refine
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Location of manufacturing: Denmark, Portugal, Bolivia, Germany, Slovenia and Lithuania
Form and Refine is a Danish brand that takes a great passion for materials, and proceeds with the vision to create value-driven products that preserve unique craft cultures and the environment. From its conception in 2018, the brand has chosen the purest local materials around Europe to situate the production of specific products such as clay ceramics in Portugal and timber woodwork in Denmark. Long-lasting furniture is lovingly crafted by skilled artisans who provide a special quality and expression of design.
What makes this manufacturer special?
Cradle to Cradle
How and where has the supplier excelled in our audit?
Governance They believe in choosing local materials neighbouring local workshops. The forest Damsbo on the island of Funen in Denmark is their source of unique and beautiful Danish wood of ash, maple and oak; allowing them to be able to produce locally with the help of skilled craftsmen. They believe in social impact and preserving crafts by working with cooperatives and smaller workshops – creating fair and respectful partnerships. Among others, they support a cooperative of alpaca farmers in the highlands of Bolivia through the art of weaving and ancient wisdom.
Materials They mainly use solid wood. It can be repaired, reused or recycled. Brass details can be recycled. Leather can be reused. They do not use any chemicals, only natural oils and waxes.
Production Mainly use recycled paper for their packaging. Almost none of the packaging is plastic, less than 2 % today and by 2021 they aim to be 100 % plastic free.
People Do not work with larger factories but only small family owned workshops where the workers and family members take part. In Bolivia they work with a small co-operative of 300 farmers owning the alpaca yarn production and sewing workshop together.
Innovation They have no plastics or aluminum in their products. They have our own forest Damsbo in Denmark which give us an extremely positive co2 footprint. They use offcuts for the Leaf range.