As everyone looks at what they are doing to reduce their carbon footprint, businesses are increasingly looking for furniture that is sustainable, something that is comfortable, functional, stylish but still kind to the planet.
As the official Plastic Whale by Vepa partner for Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, iOTA Interiors has found clients have responded positively to the furniture, which is made from PET bottles that have been recovered from the canals in Amsterdam and recycled into new products. Once the furniture reaches the end of its useful life, it can also be broken down for reuse or upcycled into new products.
Emma Walker, Director of iOTA Interiors, said: “There’s a growing awareness of the importance of looking after our environment and we’re proud to have partnered with Plastic Whale by Vepa to offer this furniture, made from recycled materials, but which looks stunning in the office space.
“The collection includes everything from a boardroom table to chairs, desks, storage and side tables and we think it’s fantastic that items as attractive, functional and unique as this, made from one of the world’s most problematic waste products, plastic bottles, are now available to our customers.
“We love showing visitors to our showroom what’s available both in this range and many others we have available to help them give their workspace a new look or to fit out new or additional space.”
Vepa has also developed a Hemp range of chairs, made entirely from organic and plant-based materials that absorb rather than emit CO2, and are also fully recyclable. Hemp grows without artificial fertiliser and needs very little water, it’s also very strong. Hemp fibres are used as raw material to make the shell of each chair, producing something that is sturdy and meets strict fire safety regulations, making the chairs suitable for conference venues, the hospitality industry and education.
Emma added: “Since we started the business five years ago we’ve become more and more interested in sustainable options for clients, because that’s something that’s high on everyone’s agenda these days. At the same time, clients still want to create a workspace that is stylish and attractive as well as functional and we’re confident that the products we supply will tick all the boxes.”
iOTA Interiors offers project design, space planning and, most importantly, access to the right products to meet the needs of the workplace. That could be anything from the everyday desks and chairs, through to the less obvious, quirky design touches.
Every project begins with an in-depth consultation, where the team of workplace consultants liaise with the client to get a full understanding of the business, staff and technologies and to establish what the client’s brand identity means to them, what motivates staff and what they are hoping to achieve through the space. From there, the iOTA Interiors team will use CAD software to create initial designs with 2D and 3D plans and renders, providing the client with a vision of a space that not only reflects the brand and ethos but offers a functional working environment that inspires and encourages peak performance.
With so many products on the market, it can be a minefield choosing commercial furniture and iOTA has a showroom on Quinton Green Business Park where clients can visit to see and try items for themselves.
Emma added: “It’s not just about how it looks, we have to make sure that comfort, ergonomics and agile working are taken into account, and it has to meet the health and well-being needs of your employees. Furniture can be a significant investment and so it’s important to look at all factors when you’re creating the office you want.”
Find out more about iOTA Interiors on 01604 289630 or visit the website.