Sustainability

Derived from its South African roots, Kwalu comes from the Xhosa word for bamboo which is known for its strength, flexibility and eco-friendly properties. These traits are reflected in our company’s passionate commitment to durable, sustainable, innovative products.

 

Indoor Air Quality | A Breath of Fresh Air

SCS Indoor Air Advantage Gold

We had our seating, tables and casegoods certified to the most transparent Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) standard for furniture with Indoor Advantage Gold. Indoor Advantage Gold certification is SCS Global Services’ highest level of indoor air quality performance for furniture. The certification assures that furniture products support a healthy indoor environment by meeting strict chemical emission limits for volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

To be certified, products must be tested by independent labs for compliance with the ANSI/BIFMA X7.1, and either ANSI/BIFMA e.3 or CDPH/EHLB Standard Method V1‐1 for VOC emissions of concerns. It aligns with CA 01350 and qualifies for many building schemes including LEED v4.

 

level® Certification

We are excited to announce that we are now level® certified. BIFMA‘s sustainability certification program for furniture, level®, is a comprehensive and transparent third-party certification program. The level mark attests that the product, the manufacturing facility, and the company responsible for the product brand, have been evaluated against the multi-attribute criteria of the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard. Products certified under the level program can be chosen with confidence.

LEED Credits

Kwalu furniture can contribute to individual LEED credits.

 

 

CARB Compliance

To learn more about our CARB compliance, click here.

 

 

Certifications | The Unvarnished Truth

Materials

Steel

The steel we use for our patented joint construction is made from 99% recycled content (82% pre-consumer and 17% post-consumer).

Packaging / Cartons

Most of the packaging we use is made up of over 90% pre-consumer recycled fiber.

Fabrics

Your fabric choices are endless. Many fabric patterns are available that have a reduced environmental impact.

Brochures

Our paper brochures are printed on paper that is FSC Certified.

 

Wood

The wood we use carries various environmental certificates such as Responsible Forestry from SCS, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, ASSN 4-11 Standard for Eco-Certified Composites and CARB compliance.

 

Extended Lifecycle

Ready to Upgrade? End of Life Options

When your products are ready to be upgraded, end of life options include:

 

  • Refurbishing – seat cushions are designed to be field replaceable and can be ordered from us. Back upholstery can be replaced onsite.
  • Donating – there are many organizations that can benefit from your products and put them to good use. Kwalu has partnered with CSR Eco Solutions to make it easy to find worthy recipients, and can help with reporting / auditing for LEED projects.
  • Recycling – when refurbishing or donating is not an option, we have again partnered with CSR Eco Solutions to offer you an easy path to recycle your furniture. They ensure a 95% landfill diversion rate.





 

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