The past month has been hectic with work and I had been dreaming of a small holiday somewhere close. Summer cottage weekend would already do the trick but an invitation to visit Ulricehamn in Sweden to get to know Bolon factory, Lake house & Urban house was definitely something I was not going to pass on.
I have lately become more & more found of Bolon not only for their great products but most specially for their great customer service and dedication to make sure you always have the broadest experience whenever you walk through those showroom doors. Our designer’s trip with Bolon was no different and more importantly, it turned into a full lesson on Sustainability and what it means to achieve real sustainable development in todays world.
So for however beautiful, modern and what not about the Bolon concept, I would like to focus on what impressed me the most. By far, it was the workshop held by Sofie Ekwall who thought us about how Bolon is constantly developing not only a sustainable product but a sustainable work environment and way of living. We had a full workshop on their process of sustainability where we learned facts I would have otherwise needed to attend a chemistry class to learn. They definitely know their thing.
Bolon has all its production housed in Ulricehamn, Sweden where it first began as a camping mat company founded by Nils-Erik Eklund. The camping mat is still produced at their factory but sold by another company. 33% of a Bolon product is made of their own produced waste, however, all the waste produced in-house isn’t enough to support the demand for material. Waste must be purchased and it is not as easy of a job as I though it was. The waste must be of a high standard quality so Bolon buys it’s waste from their own European suppliers. For instance modern best practice PVC is necessary to be accepted by Bolon in to their recycling process and they want to be 100% sure they can trust their wast is prime. Absolutely nothing is left outside. The whole recycling happens in-house and the machinery brakes all the particles up until only a very small parcel is left to be burnt but even then, the energy produced by the burning process is reused.
I was so sceptical about the whole use of PVC but I now feel free to use and abuse of any vinyl produced under Bolon standards.