Plydea Sustainability

It can be hard to tell hype from truth when it comes to sustainable business practices. Plydea’s environmental position is that we cause the least harm in pursuit of our business. We are adamant about providing data and practices to prove our strong environmental stance. There are three main areas in which Plydea applies firm sustainable policies:

Plydea Sustainable: Materials

 

Plydea Sustainable: Practices

 

Plydea Sustainable: Design

 

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Plydea Sustainable: Materials

Currently, all Plydea products are made from high-grade solid Baltic birch plywood. This engineered material is light, strong and perfectly suited for the kinds of things we make for people to use. Our Materials Policy is:

 

  • Plydea aims for 100% Forestry Stewardship Council certified (FSC) birch plywood with NAUF (No Added Urea Formaldehyde) ratings in all our wood products
  • Plydea-used plywood has an enviro-friendly UV finish – no VOC’s!
  • Plydea-used plywood carries CARB Phase 2 ratings

 

 

 

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Plydea Sustainable: Practices

 

We’re a small outfit but we put big expectations on ourselves to follow some basic best practices that limit our impact:   

  • Plydea products ship in 100% FSC-certified cardboard cartons
  • Plydea operates a paperless office! The only paper we produce is in our assembly instructions, which are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
  • Plydea encourages remote-work and bike commuting –  most Plydeolites can and do work from home, reducing commute-related carbon emissions
  • Plydea reviews our Environmental Policy bi-annually with the aim of constant improvement

 

 

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Plydea Sustainable: Design

 

Each Plydea product is designed with the aim of using the thinnest material possible with the least waste possible. We can achieve incredible material savings by our inventive use of selective tensioning in our products, which converts that tension into stronger, lighter products. We also aim to use no or few fasteners, and require no tools for assembly. Because our basic idea is also to ship our products to you packed flat, this not only saves you shipping cost, it reduces the carbon required for transport. For more on our design philosophy, see the “about plydea” menu.

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