Our Shop platform is dedicated to celebrating the very best of responsible products, and so we have set rigorous requirements to feature. We have reviewed the credentials of our highest performing suppliers’ entire portfolios and handpicking products with the most sustainable credentials.
Symbols have been devised with a clear value assigned to them, so anyone can understand the sustainable status of each company. The Leaf means the company scores 70-79%; the Branch means the company scores 80-89%; and the Tree means company scored in the top-tier with 90-100%.
This tool gives us an unparalleled wealth of information with which we can convey unique insight into the inner workings of supply chains. Central to Dodds & Shute is our ethos of responsible business and it is our aim to radically overhaul the way our industry considers what is acceptable in terms of manufacturing and specification.
Our audit has hugely influenced the products you will find in our shop which is dedicated to those suppliers who share our commitment to sustainability. So far, we have contacted 130+ manufacturers spanning 20 countries, those manufacturers that are found in our shop scored an average of 83% in our audit. The average score of suppliers not featured in the shop is currently 50%.
We know there is more work still to be done and we will continue to monitor our findings. As manufacturers implement better practices and improve their performance in our audit more products will become available in our shop. The door is always open when it comes to establishing new relationships, and we will always proceed with the intention of evolving into a stronger platform.
We want to be held accountable for our global impact and only by working closely with our network of manufacturers will we address wider industry issues. Our goal is to motivate fellow innovators to join us in implementing positive transformative measures, true progress can only be achieved when all components within the supply chain are on board.
What Our Audit Covered
Sustainable governance can be found with the presence of a policy or report. Additionally, the certifications attached to each supplier provide an indicator of their sustainable credentials and the steps being made to address aspects of negative environmental output
i.e. Environmental Product Declaration, Nordic Swan eco-label, B Corp, Carbon Neutral.
The materials used to form each product are central to the supplier’s environmental output and this can be indicated in sustainability certifications. Whether the materials are sourced locally and possess a durability that ensures a cradle to grave longevity or permits the product to be broken down and recycled at the end of its lifecycle.
i.e. FSC (wood), ISO 14001 (steel), Green Product Mark (plastic)
Shedding light on the processes by which a product is made. The country in which a business is registered is significant when compared with the country/countries of production. How does the manufacturer operate in terms of its energy use and its transport and packaging policies?
The accountability of a supplier for its treatment of its employees and its subsequent assessment of its own suppliers in terms of liability to The Modern Slavery Act 2015 and to paying staff a living wage.
We like to showcase companies using innovative materials or are developing sustainable products and technologies that provide a positive model to inspire the practice of others.
What We Learned
Leather alternative made from pineapple leaf fibers. Looking at material made from recycled clothing. Source submerged logs that are rescued from rivers. with GPS marker to show where each tree came from. Work with The Better Packaging Company who have developed a bubble wrap made from vegetables
Buy wood from GiB (Grown in Britain) and have a mill to process street trees and unwanted forest trees, converting waste wood into commercial use. Offer a carbon footprint most pieces are carbon negative. Developed a material from wood chip and mycelium for lights and occasionally packaging. Provide a refinishing service.
Green energy from a hydropower plant located next to factory. Sawdust & woodchips from workshop are currently used at a local farm to grow shitake mushrooms. Transportation company converted to local biodiesel reducing carbon emissions by 90%.
Electricity from the river next door. Offer service for restoration on old products. Only use wood from certified forests, upholstery in natural material- latex, horsehair and wool.
Waste wood is given to a local toymaker Tinkebu Patronize the last upright wool mill in the UK, creating sustainable, recyclable material and supporting UK farms that demonstrate best practices. Renewable energy is sourced from solar panels
Scrap wood is compressed into pellets and used to heat the factory and surrounding town Resand and reweave chairs that have worn down, usually after 30 years or so.
For every product on website you can find a breakdown of the sustainable certificates for each material.