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Heat and cold
In the summer we store the heat released, in the ground beneath our factory. When the temperature drops we raise the heat again. This means that nobody needs to find their fleece in the winter. Similarly, we store the cold from the winter in the ground. When the weather is hot we raise the cold to keep things lovely and cool in the summer. Indeed, we store water at different temperatures deep underground and bring it up again whenever it is required. This means you won’t find any air conditioning or central heating in our green factory.
In order to save on lights and electricity, we use as much sunlight as possible. We have installed ‘daylight catchers' in the roof of our factory. Daylight catchers are skylights containing a mirror that rotates according to the sun’s position. And… the good thing is that they can illuminate a surface of 100 m2 with sunlight. You would be hard pushed to find a lamp that could achieve that. Unfortunately though, the sun does not always shine.That’s why there are also LED lights to provide light on darker days. They automatically switch on and off thanks to light sensors and motion detectors. In this way, the light is never on here necessarily. Or off.
Drinking water is meant for drinking. We therefore use as little drinking water as possible. For example, when producing beds we use water in a closed system and we flush our toilets with rainwater. Yes, that’s right, rain. We even wash our hands with it. And if the air is too dry, we humidify the factory with water pumped up from the ground. After a proper cleaning of course.
We treat our water with care: we use drinking water when we need to, and rainwater whenever possible. However, when we need warm water (for example, for the dishwater), then we do use drinking water. This water is then heated by the solar heaters on the roof.
De wood factory
Bed frames, head- and footboards, legs and bedside tables; these are all made in our own wood factory. Everything is made, milled, drilled, sanded and varnished to measure. We varnish the wood with water-based varnish, which actually means that they contain almost no solvents which could strain the environment. And each varnish colour has its own pipe. This may sound unnecessary, but it means that we don’t need to keep rinsing them, thus wasting less varnish (and water). Yet another benefit.
The shavings from drilling, sawdust and leftover fabric from each workbench are eliminated by a central vacuum installation. The collected material is pressed into bricks, which are then used as fuel. This is not only better for the environment, but also creates a dust-free and healthy workplace for our employees.
The largest sewing factory in the Netherlands
It is important to us that your mattress is comfortable and well made. That’s why all our mattresses are made by experts in our own sewing workshop. All the materials used here are carefully selected and locally sourced.
The felt bases of our mattresses are made of polyester and can be recycled to your heart’s content. Felt remnants are used to make handles which we attach to the felt base using the press. Leftover fabrics are generally used to make our leavings cushions. We sometimes also donate the fabrics to a school, a workshop at Landal or designers, for them to be turned into something beautiful. For example, a bag or a jacket.
The steel varnishing division
All components from the steel factory (e.g. mesh bases, frames and legs) are varnished in our steel varnishing division. The components start by going through the washing zone. Here they are degreased, given a phosphate layer, (which makes the paint stick properly) and rinsed off with water and dried in a dryer.
The steel components are varnished with powdered varnish, a dry solvent-free vanish which is sprayed onto the components. The powdered varnish which falls off in the process is carefully collected in a tray. This is simply reused.
By combining three factories into one we do more with less. Or to be more precise: with less space. We now only need 50% of our total surface. That’s good news, because it decreases our footprint and reduces our transport distances.
In other words, (compared to 2010) our green factory has already saved significant amounts of energy and fossil fuel:
- 90% less natural gas
- 60% less water
- 30% less electric energy, of which 100% certified wind energy
And we won’t stop there. As far as we’re concerned, the world could do with plenty more rest. After all, a well-rested world is a better world.