THE LIST THAT WILL NEVER STOP GROWING
Sustainable benefits of Reforest Design
"Reforest furniture does not end up in the landfill."
- Wood-Free Material: Reforest Design uses bamboo (a grass), which has greater strength than most hardwoods, is naturally anti-bacterial, can be harvested within 1-5 years, grows back when cut, and produces 30 percent more oxygen than a tree during its lifespan. Bamboo helps us preserve forests, no trees are harmed by our furniture.
- Natural Finishes: The protective solution used on all bamboo surfaces is a plant-based oil-wax polish. It is applied by hand with a cloth, and could easily by re-applied in the future without the hassle of sanding. Most finishes in the industry are made of toxic urethanes that make restoration inconvenient, resulting with furniture in our landfills. Our non-toxic user-friendly finishes make it easy to care for furniture over the years, no professional help necessary.
- Quality Materials & Hardware: Bamboo has the compressive strength of concrete and tensile strength of steel; compressed into a sheet material, it is close to invincible. Each part is made of a solid thick slab that could be sanded down over time to remove any dings or scratches. The slabs are matched with simple hardware of the best quality to ensure lifetime durability.
- Design Evolution through Research: This business is just a seed and counts strongly on consumer input to design pillars for the sustainable ground. All designs are shaped by consumer needs & the earths needs; listening and learning becomes our expertise. This also means that our designs will always be changing with those needs. Unlike most businesses, Reforest Design is well equipped for change and it truly makes it stronger. Tell us what you seek, tell us your story.
- Lifetime Repair Service: Each major part of the furniture does not attach permanently (with glue), it uses hardware. This allows each piece to come apart for refinishing or replacing. Imagine an easy and convenient solution to a broken table leg; this furniture will last generations. A lifetime product may be hard to imagine with the ever-changing needs of our society, and in turn design, but we accept this reality and use it to our advantage. To offer a timeless product, all our furniture is designed for CNC machine production. In the future, each part will have a code so it could be reproduced even hundreds of years from now. Even if you are tired of your wonky legged 50 year old table, the leg could be replaced and given to someone who needs it - not the landfill.
Lifetime Warranty: All manufacturing defects are covered by our warranty. This does not include regular wear & tear, abuse or weathering. Please not not hesitate to inquire of the details, even if it is a piece you've owned for many years. We would like to support you as best as we can.
Free Shipping: A part of sustainability is learning your needs and undoubtedly, shipping fees are intimidating and often misleading. When your package weights 65lbs, it is natural to fear the shipping fee. To make your life a little easier, offer instant transparency for relief, and free you of the time you will spend making calculations, we account for shipping fees in our price. International fees do not include duties & taxes.
- Zero-Waste Design: All furniture is specially designed to reduce the 9.8 million tons of furniture waste that is created every year. The signature design of 'Lifetime Repair Service' parts allows for a product that will last centuries. Reforest Design furniture does not end up in the landfill. On the studio end, all bamboo waste is repurposed; many scraps are used for small projects and the ones that are too small are used to heat a cabin in the winter.
- Carbon-Neutral: One of our sustainable missions is to preserve our forests. Unfortunately, as most businesses, we still carry a carbon footprint through shipping practices. To offset our carbon footprint we will donate yearly to tree-planting organizations.
- Locally Manufactured: All of our furniture is handcrafted on Salt Spring Island, BC in Canada with some help from a CNC machine.
What is Sustainability?
"Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental, and social"
What this means
This means that we need to take care of ourselves, earth and profits, without compromising the future of our children. We see it as an opportunity to build new values that align the pillars equally.
Currently, the economic pillar stands tall and proud with it's peak brushing the clouds. The social pillar, only a few feet off the ground, looks up at the powerful structure in wonder of the feeling the clouds could offer. Below, the environmental pillar calls for attention with its peak just barely breaking the soil, but no one looks down.
Sustainability is a new concept, and it's understanding is both lost and misinterpreted by most individuals. As such, labelling businesses, products or services as "sustainable" is often misleading.
More research is needed for a better understanding.
"Defining sustainability is essential to life so we could learn to apply it"
Where do we begin?
Earth is a natural teacher
Earth practices sustainability through healthy ecosystems.
The three pillars for a natural ecosystem compose of: wildlife (social), environment, and food+water (profit). For an ecosystem, not a lot of thought goes into thinking about the future, but the present actions are guided by the same instinct to survive as with humanity.
- Earth has only one need, SURVIVAL
- and to do this it uses only one tool, BALANCE
We learn of balance on every nature channel and in every book. We've seen it on the news and in our own backyard. When a seemingly harmless insect profits from a new crop the results could be catastrophic for the crop, soil, microbes, fungi, minerals, water retention, other wildlife and humans.
The skillful use of balance is Earth's nature, and our bodies nature, but not for our conscious minds.
"For consciousness, balance is learned"
What we need to learn.
By observing small ecosystems, we could learn what balance means for earth, and where the limits stand before collapse. A lot of the information is already available but unfortunately, ignored.
Even with conscious awareness, by learning all the facts, there are currently so many practices collapsing Earths balance for profit & survival of past economic and social structures. This might sound scary and defeating, but there is always hope.
The world is more connected than you think. The series "One Strange Rock", hosted by Will Smith, can show you all about it.
Just like plants, animals and minerals of a single small ecosystem could effect life on the other side of the world, sustainable businesses and people also have the ability for change and affect worldwide.
The Earth as a whole, us included, is one big ecosystem. Though currently unbalanced, we still have time to make the right decisions.
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We can't learn about balance without understanding our needs
What do humans need?
- Humans (like many animals) need food, water, shelter, community, and a balanced ecosystem to thrive.
As much as we are similar to animals, we are also very different. Humans' ecosystem is not a tiny pocket of the world, it is the whole world in its entirety. You probably have a collection of items in your home from every continent in the world to prove it. Evolution made this possible.
However, because our ecosystem is so large, and our capacity for awareness is so small, it is easy to become oblivious to the larger picture. We began as an animal, present with our immediate surroundings, and didn't think to ask questions. And although many of our tendencies still default to small comfortable ecosystems (town), we now begin to ask questions that go beyond our bubble, and beyond Earth.
- We are thinkers. Our conscious brains need to navigate through a little more than just animal instinct. Awareness has made our understanding of the world more complex, rich, beautiful and sometimes confusing. The chemistry of our body helps us define terms for Ethics that we could all agree on, but science and global transparency is only beginning to show us the answers to those questions. For now, intuition is our superpower.
Unlike any other living creature, we have wants. Consciousness is creative. With this power comes the magical world we live in. It is our nature to use creativity for the innovation of new thoughts and ideas; creativity is in everything we do, even if we think we're not creative. 'Wants' are 'Instincts' (needs) that are creatively abstracted through evolution and expressed by our chemistry. Essentially, creativity uses our ideas and chemistry to satisfy our wants & needs.
"Each new thought you have is creative."
What we could learn.
Creating on your own is great, but creating with other people is even better. 'Brainstorming' is literally taking the electrical storm of your thought and putting it on paper. When done with multiple people, the electrical storms of your peers reflect in your own brain! This triggers new storms for your brain, which results in new ideas.
By working together we could make connections we didn't think were possible, or possibly floating in our own brains.
Learning to learn about each others needs and wants is essential. Each individual is valuable through their creative experience of the world.
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Creativity with Numbers
What does a business need?
First, a business needs to learn the language of currency. It can then use the grid of numbers, defining value, attributed to everything on Earth.
If a business is creative enough, it could figure out the ultimate formula to collect numbers from all around the world without moving very far. Even though seeing the numbers is essential for a business, sometimes greed glasses grow fused with the viewer, and numbers become all there is to see.
"A business needs to see the numbers and the real world to be balanced."
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