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sustaiable practice

designing for longevity

our team is committed to designing products that have the best chance of not ending up in landfill. We tackle this by:

  •  designing our kitchens to meet our customer’s specific site requirements and ensuring we understand their storage, ergonomic and lifestyle needs

  • specifying a pared back colour palette and minimalist design that is timeless and provides a neutral canvas for changing design trends

  • incorporating open shelving that allows the owner to express their personal style via the objects they display rather than the choice of permanent fittings and fixtures

  •  including generous benches and storage options and a practical layout that is comfortable and provides a good workflow. This ensures the kitchen has the capacity to serve changing needs over time

  • creating robust kitchens through the use of quality, durable materials and hardware and by applying construction and installation methods that result in a hardwearing product.

choosing low impact materials, fittings and finishes

 

in the construction of our kitchens we use materials, fittings and finishes that are both fit-for-purpose and support our sustainability mission. They include:

  • panel products and solid timbers sourced from within Canada

  • laminate board, veneer and benchtop substrates with low levels of formaldehyde 

  • low VOC water-based finishes for treating timber products

  • bamboo because it is anti-microbial, fast growing, renewable and extremely durable 

  • select hardware and accessories sourced from German & Austrian companies with solid environmental credentials including such as Blum and Kessebohmer.   *Design Cube only specifies overseas products when an equivalent item that meets our standards for durability, functionality and ergonomics is not available in Canada

  • low energy LED lighting for benchtops and cupboards.

 

minimising our impact in the workshop

we have a number of initiatives at our factory designed to minimise environmental impact. They include:

  • providing thorough design documentation that allows clients to understand and authorise their kitchen design before it is manufactured, reducing re-work and material wastage

  • using modern machining equipment that reduces waste and increases yield from our panel products

  • recycling packaging, packing boards and packing crates.

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