Hvordan implementerer vi bæredygtighed i vores designproces

How we implement sustainability in our design process

How can you be sure that the product you buy is sustainable when the concept is used and abused in so many contexts. At Kolekto we work with sustainability in all aspects; From idea to design through the entire production process. As a goal we are constantly working sustainably, and we continue to push our limits on how sustainable our design and products can be.
The word sustainability is everywhere. But what is really behind the concept and how do you actually implement this in a design process, from idea to product? What aspects of sustainability can you, as a designer and manufacturer implement in the design to ensure that the concept is not only used as a marketing stunt but ensure that there is action behind the words? And how can you as a consumer be sure that the product you buy is sustainable when this concept is used and misused in so many contexts. At Kolekto, we work with sustainability in all aspects possible through our entire design and production process, from idea to finished product.


We want to unite aesthetics and sustainability in our design.

The elements of sustainability in our design practice are -Sustainable Design, Circular Economy, Local Production, Social Sustainability, and Aesthetic Sustainability.





Local production:
All our products are designed and produced at our design studio and workshop in Copenhagen. We know that many Danish production companies have outsourced their production outside Denmark, which is understandable as wages, materials and operations are generally significantly lower ... consequently the costs of CO2 emissions are higher, and it can be difficult to ensure and control that the quality of raw materials, manpower and production are indeed sustainable. For us, it is important to keep production in Denmark. We love the big wide world, but there is something charming and special about goods being produced locally, and for us it actually means the World to us to be part of the whole process from idea to finished product.




Sustainable design:
We work with sustainable materials and we are constantly exploring new sustainable design methods and materials in our design and production process. We work primarily with wood which we only source from sustainably certified suppliers. We use plant based varnish, organic paint, walnut oil or linseed oil for all surface treatments of the wood.






Circular economy:
We develop and produce products with a minimum of waste and we strive for our products to have a lifelong lifespan. We do our best to use each single millimeter of our wood in our production. Every single drop of our organic paint or plant based varnish. We recycle where we can and our second-sorted products gets donated to various charity purposes. Nothing gets thrown away. We do not buy and use expensive and fancy packaging, all products are delivered in second-sorted cardboard or a handmade wooden box, on which you can get a name or your own personal greeting engraved, this reduces waste, but more importantly it makes the product more personal and we know that our customers care about this. It makes them take good care too and it gives them a design object which they can take with them through life and even pass on to the next generation one day.



Social sustainability:
It is a natural part of our to create as much value and commitment as possible for all employees and partners. We do this because it leads to the best design. All employees at KOLEKTO have an opinion and experience and they get a say in how our products are best designed and developed. In addition to our own employees, we involve both our suppliers and business partners in our design process. We are in close contact and dialogue with our suppliers of wood, paint, oil, paper etc., we want to build strong relations and partnerships to get all the knowledge and expertise we can from them about how best to use their products for mutual success and benefit. That is why we choose our suppliers carefully and we only work with companies that have a sustainable profile. When we design a custom made product we strive to develop a design that suits them and their profile. When we sell our products to high-end design stores and international museum gift shops we carefully try to match our products with their DNA and values. 


Aesthetic sustainability:
The fact that aesthetics and sustainability must go hand in hand is the basic idea of ​​all our designs. Although beauty and aesthetics are subjective sizes, it is still a goal for us to work with materials, form, function, craftsmanship and detail in a way where we do our best to make products that appeal to both children and adults' senses and natural hung to beauty. We want our designs whether it's for children or adults to be objects which you want give a prominent space in your home, take good care of and take with you through life. Therefore, it is possible to get a name or your own personal greeting engraved on most of our products, this makes the product even more unique and personal. 

All of our products are handmade, they are not a result of an assembly line production. Thus, there will always be small variations from one product to another as a result of the human-made. Some may think that these human-made signs are an expression of errors. We believe that these visible signs provide more product value and uniqueness, where the non-perfection makes the overall experience stronger and more solid - like Leonard Cohen is singing "... There is a crack in everything, thats is where the Light Gets in"


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