LifestyleGarden (parent comnpany: ScanCom) is setting a new benchmark for sustainability.
Raising the bar in a way that has not been seen before within the garden and leisure sector, its approach embraces corporate social responsibility, human and labour rights, and environmental management practices. Every part of the business, from production to people, is heavily focused on ensuring the company’s motto ‘Doing Business the Right Way’ is carried out.
At ScanCom, 100% of its hardwood timber is FSC certified, with its teak grown in responsibly managed plantations or sourced and recycled from components and structures on the island of Java. The latter includes wood that originates from barns, houses, railway sleepers and other constructions. The wood is bought from the original sources before it is brushed, cleaned and repaired to give it a rustic appearance.
Innovation includes Lifestyle Garden’s Duraboard, an environmentally friendly material that is durable, highly UV-resistant and built to last a lifetime. Made from a unique blend of high-quality eucalyptus sawdust and polyethylene resin, production is entirely in-house, enabling close quality control at each stage.
Plans are under way to increase recycling of key raw materials such as plastics and wood.
The use of responsibly sourced materials backed by a common goal of promoting environmental responsibility and sustainability was the reason why the Eden Project recently selected LifestyleGarden as its UK furniture partner. Announced to critical market acclaim in early spring, the response to the range has far exceeded expectations.
The new Eden Project ranges – available for the 2020 season – will provide retailers with a unique point of difference in this normally traditional product category. The company will also have access to the Eden Project’s exclusive designs and patterns, offering add-on sales opportunities including accessories like cushions and deckchairs.
ScanCom has grown its partnerships with sustainable suppliers who adhere to the same working principles, driving innovation and forming a catalyst for future products based on recycled plastic materials.
ScanCom was shortlisted for the Best Collaborative Effort award at the UK Sedex Awards in March, recognising businesses that forge valuable collaborations with customers, suppliers and stakeholders, focusing on key issues such as improving working conditions or solving responsible sourcing challenges.
At the core of its operation is ScanCom’s five–point strategy to going green: Using 100% FSC hardwood, minimising waste, reducing emissions, cutting consumption of resources and energy and controlling the use of restricted substances in all materials used.
ScanCom’s workforce of more than 3,000 employees at its own facilities in Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia includes 22 nationalities speaking 14 languages, developing over 1,128 products per year using 15 types of materials. Staff at the firm’s two main showrooms listen to the needs of its customers from 52 countries, taking responsibility for the delivery of 6,000 containers of product.
ScanCom says it is is committed to developing a culture that respects internationally recognised human rights, setting the highest standards of health and safety management, training and career development.