Since USM’s very beginning, sustainable development has been a keystone of our business.
As a furniture business, that means two things. Firstly, we hold ourselves to the very highest standards when it comes to the materials and production methods we use and the energy and emissions they produce. Secondly, we do everything we can to provide our customers with furnishings that allow them to live in a sustainable manner.
We build and frequently redevelop our factories and workshops to meet a high standard of environmentalism. The steel at the heart of our products is highly recyclable, and our manufacturing processes are carefully built around the goals of energy efficiency and almost total recyclability at every stage.
We’re proud to have been recognized for our commitment to reducing emissions. In 2007, we became the first European company to be certified by the Greenguard Environmental Institute for the low particle and chemical emissions of our products. Low emissions make home and work environments healthier by reducing indoor air pollution.
The more quickly a product has to be replaced, the worse it is for the environment: materials and processes are then required to build a replacement, and the old product has to be recycled or thrown away. Damage to the environment resulting from frequent replacement is avoided by building products that last. That principle is essential to USM’s business philosophy. We build products that endure: wear-resistant materials, fine craftsmanship, durable designs, and timeless style all ensure that USM furniture lasts a lifetime.