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Mater is a conscious and ethical design brand with a strong design philosophy and great craftsmanship. Through collaborations with an external base of established and fresh design talent, Mater combines exclusive high-end furniture and lighting, with working methods that support people, local craft traditions and the environment. The aesthetic of Mater has clear references to Scandinavian minimalism and the designs are all made with sustainably or ethically sourced materials.
Designed for both commercial and residential use, Mater strive to avoid and minimise any adverse impact on society, by following ethical and sustainable production criteria and creating products that will both stand the test of time and inspire the consumer to cherish and savour them.
Mater is a conscious and ethical design brand that combines high-end furniture and lighting with working methods that support people, local craft traditions and the environment.
Mater doesn’t focus on what they launch but rather they define why products are launched, in an ethical context. Mater cares about the ethical choice behind the material in their products and renewable, certified wood, recycled waste and new efficient energy sources are Mater’s inspiration. They explore materials and production methods that are environmentally friendly without compromising aesthetics. Through partnerships with master artisans, Mater generates designs that last a lifetime and age beautifully.
Mater has a clear ambition to inspire consumer behaviour and engage people in sustainable thinking, making design matter and reducing the consumer’s footprint. It all comes down to the fact Mater cares about using resources responsibly, implementing or motivating sustainable business principles throughout the value chain. They demand that committed production partners are properly certified, and are now afraid to draw attention to the reality that ALL products are associated with environmental, ethical and social consequences.
Mater also believes that corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that meet fundamental responsibilities in areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
Anything and everything is included in Mater’s approch to doing business as sustainably minded as possible. On both brand level, in terms of social sustainability and throughout the entire product life cycle, sustainability has been taken into account. Most recently, Mater has ventured into innovative partnerships with big organisations in order to utilise their trash for creating new products. They are, in fact, changing an industry which is why we label them as a Hero brand.
Look out for Mater’s newest partnerships with bigger Danish organisations. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
This indicates that the brand in a developed country operates with fair prices given to the producers of the product in developing countries.
This indicates that the brand has taken an active stand in relation to labour relations between workers and employers.
This indicates that the brand has actively sought out Fair Working Conditions for the producers of its product(s).
The Design Phase is a crucial part of determining a product’s sustainable capabilities. We’ve chosen to highlight a few genius steps that enable a sustainable product right from the beginning.
The materials used for a certain product and how these materials come to life are of crucial importance to the sustainable capabilities we seek in products.
This step relates to the transportation of the raw materials from when they are first obtained (harvested etc.) to the production site. Obviously, the closer to the production site, the better.
Obviously, the production of a certain product has an impact on the overall level of sustainability. Luckily, many manufacturers have now taken steps towards more sustainable production methods.
How a brand chooses to package its products will have a significant influence of the carbon impact from packaging and transportation.
This step relates to the distribution of products when they have been produced. Obviously, the closer to the brand’s warehouse, the better.
How you choose to use and take care of a product has a bigger impact than you think. Just think about how much longer a shirt lasts if it has been washed in the right way.
At this step, there is no way out and we have to find some way of discarding our product. How we discard a product will significantly influence the opportunity of reusing materials used.