What do we mean by "Sustainable Materials"?
Sustainable materials are materials that can be produced in required volumes without depleting non-renewable resources. This can include sourcing materials that can be readily replenished, such as mango wood, or using materials that are highly recyclable and can be reprocessed an indefinite number of times. It can also mean avoiding the use of materials that are detrimental to sustainability, such as palm oil.
It is easy for companies to sometimes label a product as sustainable and not give you details about how it is sustainable. Sometimes companies just expect you take their word for it and, even if the product is in fact made with sustainable materials, this lack of information can act as a barrier to educating people.
We believe that education about sustainability is in some ways more important than our own use of sustainable materials. For example, if we sell you a product that is made with a sustainable material then we can give ourselves a pat on the back for acting responsibly. But, if we can also educate you a little bit about what material in the product is sustainable then you might be able to take this information and apply it to other purchasing decisions outside of Bokel. For example, you might buy our glass vases and if we can inform you about how this glass is sustainable then you might be inclined to use more glassware and less single-use plastics.
This is the reason we try to go a step further and let you know what material used to make the product is sustainable and also inform you why that material is sustainable.
About Our Ethical Tagging System
We created an ethical tagging system to help you understand the impact our products have on the world. On each product’s page on our website, we highlight the ethical tags that apply to that product so you can better understand how that exact product is ethically sourced.
One aspect of this is the sustainability of the materials used to make the product. We try to source products that are made with sustainable materials and we try to help you understand what we mean when we say that a certain material is sustainable. To do this, if we claim that a product is made with a sustainable material then we give it a tag that you can click on to read more about how the material is classed as sustainable.
What are some of the sustainable materials we use?
Look out for this tag:
Sustainable Materials – Made with Mango Wood: Learn More
For our solid mango furniture, we use the wood from trees that have finished their commercial life producing mangoes. This means that we are effectively using waste material that would otherwise have to be burnt to make room for new saplings.
Look out for this tag:
Sustainable Materials – Made with Glass: Learn More
Is glass a sustainable or not? Well that depends on the context of its use. To help you understand how sustainable glass is, we outline some of the positives and negatives about the sustainability of glass to give you a balanced understanding and help you identify when glass is being used sustainably.