Timber is a renewable and biodegradable material so we would consider this the most sustainable choice. However, as a natural material you can expect it to grey over time.
Compact grade laminate and other solid surface materials are set to retain the same appearance over a long time period. Recycled plastics such as Smile Plastics are also worthwhile for consideration, diverting an otherwise waste product from landfill.
It’s worth checking the specification of the steel being used if you want to be sure your products is suited for outdoor use. We manufacture using stainless steel – grade 304 as standard for outdoor use, with an option of 316 for severe marine environments.
Or you could go for a more industrial feel with raw galvanising – it will be quite light and shiny on delivery but will dull down to more of a grey with a distinctive crystalline finish. We’ve seen this most effectively used on our Wave tables.
A simple wash of soap and water goes a long way with outdoor products. Regular cleaning in this manner can be the route to a long life for most outdoor products.
This brings us back to consideration of materials. Compact Grade Laminates are hugely advantageous in F&B areas where a consistent surface finish is desirable. Alternatively Wave tables as pictured are made using a naturally oily timber and you can choose to maintain this appearance with regular oiling. Or, allow them to grow old gracefully and naturally grey over time.
If you wish to refresh them annually or sporadically then, as they’re a solid timber, you can at any point clean or lightly sand them and bring them back to a richer colour even if you’re not regularly oiling them.
Being able to take a product apart at end of life is essential to it belonging in a circular economy. This means that spare parts can be provided to keep a product looking its best, and every product can be taken apart into separate materials for reuse or recycling.
Continuation of use of a product will again extend its lifespan and so if your clients want to know how to tighten a screw or a bolt in a few years’ time, it’s worth putting down a few details in your O&M manual.
View our sustainability and warranty statements here.
It’s a reasonable question. As manufacturers, we have a responsibility to make sure our products are an improvement on the products they replace: that we are using the materials and […]
Investing in our future marks a milestone in the ambition of why MARK was established and how we as a business approach our responsibilities as a sustainable British manufacturer. A […]
At MARK Product, we are proudly British manufacturers and designers of contract furniture for shaping the workplaces and learning environments of the future. We provide furniture that puts people and […]
MARK are a fast-growing, design-led British furniture manufacturer whose values and purpose drive our high standards in sustainable production. We are recruiting for a passionate and driven individual to join […]
Packing our products in plastic is not right. Going single use plastic free is a challenge we have set ourselves for 2021. Specifically eliminating it from the storage and delivery […]
Download your copy of our new Studioscape brochure here: Our new brochure shares with you the full potential of this modular upholstery range. Our Studioscape range is uniquely offered in two […]