Kartell products are timeless and produced with the utmost respect for the environment. According to Kartell, their calling is to create value through designer items that will have collector value after being used: not items that are in danger of being thrown aside once they are no longer in use, but ones that instead become cherished memories.
The production materials used by Kartell are completely recyclable and given new life thanks to various processes. Just like when they first started out 70 years ago, Kartell invests heavily in technology, research, and development. As a result of technical progress and advances made in research, the company can keep finding reusable materials with little to no negative environmental footprint. Even their product packaging is, naturally, made of recyclable materials.
They follow thoroughly thought-out sustainability goals throughout the production chain with several certifications to boot, such as FSC, BIO, Greenguard, and ISO.
Kartell works with wood from certified forests, with minimal usage of raw material for each structural component of each product. A special patent makes sure that only very fine layers of wood are used, formed to guide the 3D bend of the panel edge in two directions, horizontally and vertically. Kartell's Smart Wood collection is FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, which guarantees that the products are made of wood from forests managed responsibly and correctly in accordance with strict environmental, social, and economic standards.
One of the areas on which Kartell's research department has worked intensively for the past years is that of biodynamic materials. Their hard work has enabled Kartell to launch products made of completely revolutionary natural materials created from agricultural waste (which does not compete with human food or animal feed). Through biological processes and microorganism-assisted decomposition, these waste materials generate a biomass reminiscent of plastic. With a host of processes to refine its makeup, this biomass becomes a top-quality material to be shaped and formed, just like other plastic materials. The material used in Kartell's Bio range is USDA certified (United States Department of Agriculture) and has unique qualities related to biological decomposition in water and soil certified by prestigious international institutes, such as Vinçotte Belgium and TÜV Austria. The first Bio product presented in the Kartell catalogue is a Componibili shelf, designed in 1967 by Anna Castelli Ferrieri.
Riciclato is a 100% recycled thermoplastic obtained from pure waste materials that are separated and not allowed to mix with other substances. Thanks to the outstanding quality of this recycled material and the newly developed technique, it is now possible to create products from recycled materials that guarantee the product's aesthetic quality and meet its structural demands, reducing in turn the emissions needed for producing it. By using riciclato in the manufacturing of Kartell designer wares, they want to contribute to a circular and sustainable production cycle where waste materials are reused to create "new" designer furniture for generations.