TEAM 7 Sustainability
Sustainability is a familiar word to everyone concerned with wood. In a narrow sense, it refers to the forest. In order for it to be able to sustain itself, only as much timber may be felled as will regrow.
As far as forest management in general is concerned, this means that whoever acts in a sustainable manner will also ensure that the foundations for life are also preserved for future generations. Firstly, there are the products: all TEAM 7 furniture is manufactured in such a way that it can be returned to the natural cycle at any time. Yet sustainability does not stop there: the entire production, TEAM 7's efforts as employer and their activities in and for the region are characterized by sustainability. This has even been confirmed officially: TEAM 7 have been awarded the Austrian ecology mark, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 for their ecologically faultless, sustainable and fair production. Sustainable management encompasses three areas: ecology, economy and society.
The Raw Materials
Sustainability starts with the raw materials. TEAM 7 only uses pure raw materials which can be returned to nature's cycle at any time. Although they use leather, glass and metal for their furniture, exquisite timbers are the most important raw material. The wood is selected according to particularly stringent internal guidelines which TEAM 7 have summarized in a quality manual. TEAM 7 only uses European wood, and preferably wood grown under what are specifically the best conditions. TEAM 7 only cooperate with suppliers who guarantee sustainable forest management, which also applies to the sawmills. This is verified through random samples. The wood is also tested for radioactivity before it enters the production chain.
It is of particularly importance to TEAM 7 that the wood should be free from pesticides and hazardous substances. The wood is converted into robust boards with low warping and without formaldehyde in TEAM 7's own factory. Only natural herbal oil consisting of essences such as linseed oil, walnut oil, safflower oil and waxes are used for the finish - in accordance with the TEAM 7 purity requirement. Without lacquers, stains or other chemical constituents, the wood remains free of toxins and maintains its outstanding properties: it absorbs moisture, releasing it slowly to ensure a pleasant and healthy climate in the room.
Ecological Sourcing Criteria
TEAM 7 selects its suppliers according to the extent to which they comply with TEAM 7's central image. TEAM 7 prefers to use regional suppliers in order to ensure that human rights are respected and maintain core labour standards in the supply chain. This also helps to keep CO2 output to a minimum.
TEAM 7 uses predominantly natural materials provided the functionality is guaranteed, and auxiliaries from natural sources that contain no problematic substances. TEAM 7 endeavours to avoid as much waste as possible when buying in products, and requires its suppliers to use environmentally friendly packaging of a single variety, as well as encouraging the use of reusable systems.
TEAM 7 predominantly chooses regrowing or recycled raw materials taking into account the concept of recycling and sustainability, demanding faultless quality in accordance with their own strict quality standards from the suppliers.
TEAM 7 are very careful in how they use our valuable resources. The furniture is designed from the outset to ensure that the material is used as efficiently as possible.
The company itself strives for cleaner production, that is to say to optimise its energy input and to minimise water consumption and waste. TEAM 7 produce energy by incinerating biomass, use the wood chips for heating the factory and also use renewable energy sources, such as wind and water power.
The production process, products, all the materials used, the entire manufacturing process and TEAM 7 employees' conduct are organized with the aid of an eco-management system based on environmental criteria. In particular, this includes defining ecologically necessary and economically advantageous measures for TEAM 7, organising and enforcing their implementation and verifying their success. The process may possibly need to be improved, an aspect that is also included in their environmental management system. Such a system ensures that environmental protection regulations are not only observed but also optimally implemented.
Eco-management is based on precisely defined eco-management standards. With ISO 14001 and EMAS, TEAM 7 has integrated two internationally recognized standards and regulations in its management system and thus systematically anchored protection of the environment in its management: ISO 14001 defines the requirements to be met by an eco-management system. A company's environmental policy, environmental objectives and environmental programme are core aspects. EMAS, also known as the EU Eco-Audit, is a community eco-management and audit scheme for organizations seeking to improve and permanently implement their environmental performance.
Basically, such eco-management systems help to define environmental aspects, make them quantifiable and improve them in a continuous process. That is why independent certification agencies are regularly invited to verify TEAM 7's success. In addition, TEAM 7 also submit to internal audits every six months.