HOW OUR FURNITURE TREADS LIGHTLY ON THE EARTH
At Totem Road, we understand that sustainability is a journey and not a destination. Things are constantly evolving and as such, so are we. Treading lightly on this earth is one of our greatest missions and we aim to bring the best designs to our consumers, without costing the earth.
Designed to be appreciated beyond a single lifetime
At Totem Road, we don’t do ‘seasons’ and we don’t do trends. Our original designs are intended to be appreciated beyond a single lifetime, to be passed down and through families, to be enjoyed and loved. Through timeless design, quality materials and expert craftsmanship, we know that Totem Road will not contribute to landfill as interior trends change.
Made mindfully, with minimal waste
We use fully sustainable, FSC® certified European White Oak. Not only is oak incredibly durable and long-lasting, each piece is unique in its grain and finish. Our wood is select-logged to support regeneration, biodiversity and the protection of native fauna. Every last piece of wood is utilised in our manufacturing and as a result, we have some of the lowest wastage percentages in the industry.
Fully transparent from start to finish
To us, sustainability means more than just responsible forest management. Totem Road has implemented a full chain of custody process with due diligence and risk assessment systems in places to ensure that all components of our supply chain comply with the relevant legislation, and more importantly Totem Road’s sustainability ethos.
Our transparent chain of custody goes beyond certifications because we take personal care of the environment and the local communities involved in our business. We work with family-owned businesses and oversee every step of the production process, regularly visiting the sources of our timber and supporting our teams.
Our commitment to sustainability is seen throughout the entire process from factory to furniture, including how our pieces arrive to your homes. Totem Road is securely packed in fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging and won’t contribute to landfill or harm the environment. It comes at a cost to us, but cheaper petrochemical-based packaging such as polystyrene, has a large manufacturing footprint, contains toxic substances and has little to no biodegradability.