For years we have been working from this inspiring idea and we encourage our relations to creativity, effectiveness and sustainability in the field of interior and hospitality.
Our unique furniture collection is of course the means by which we support our customer, in order to create the desired hospitality. People simply feel more comfortable in a pleasant environment, perform better, consume more and like to come back, which benefits our clients. But there is more to it ...
Satelliet is at the heart of society and is aware of its impact on society and the environment. We recognize our responsibility for a sustainable future so that generations to come can meet their needs. Sustainability is not just recycling, it is woven into all aspects of business operations. From development to production, from delivery to maintenance and all processes and people involved. We share our standards and values with our partners and suppliers, enabling us to increasingly offer sustainable solutions.
When you jointly strive for sustainability, occasionally great collaborations and initiatives arise that contribute to the shared mission with which we strive for a sustainable future. Read more about the initiatives that have arisen in the field of people and materials and have found their place within our organization here:
SUM stands for Still Usable Materials and is a name for - in fact - depreciated materials and our ambition to give these materials new value with innovative techniques. For example, we have already managed to recycle aluminum in collaboration with one of our producers and we are currently working hard on a way to give plastic waste new life. A major problem which has painfully made its size known in recent years, but which also offers opportunities. For example, we have already succeeded in making high-quality plastic braiding from recycled plastic. In our case, sustainability also stands for quality.
Why throw away wooden furniture if it can still live a second life? With Weder we assign new value to trade-in furniture that is selected with care. After selection, the products are reconstructed and sandblasted. By sandblasting the chairs and stools, the old colour disappears and a typical relief is created in the wood, which is so characteristic of Weder furniture. After the Weder products have been prepared, the students of the Curio Practical School give them a durable finish with a transparent stain and lacquer or a bio-based coating, based on starch. After this last step, the furniture is ready for a new concept and new guests. With Weder we focus on a growing number of companies and foundations that consider corporate social responsibility important.
In our daily ambition to create custom hospitality furniture, we sometimes end up with fabric leftovers. Since it is not for us to waste, we have found something to give these residual materials a new life: by making bags!
In collaboration with the Curio Practice School in Breda, our fabric residual materials are transformed into a unique give-away. Each bag has a different front and back and can be recognized by the "Re-used Fabrics by Satelliet" label. Doesn't that make you happy?
The social aspect of sustainability is also one to take into account. Our catering partner Feel Good Food welcomes you and other guests with a big smile. Under the guise of "No Social Waste", they offer people at a distance from the labour market a pleasant working environment and the opportunity to develop themselves. Thanks to this initiative, the employees of Feel Good Food are given a chance for a sustainable employment relationship and the employees and guests of Satelliet are surprised every day with healthy, fresh and home-prepared meals. They do this in the company restaurant of the head office in Breda and at Satelliet events.
We have had a very pleasant cooperation with the Curio Practical School in Breda for years. This school trains young people for work in a pedagogically safe climate with a curriculum adapted to him or her for each student so that they can be prepared for the future based on interest. The collaboration with Satelliet mainly focuses on the workplace, where students help us with the finishing of Weder chairs by finishing them with a special bio-based coating, but also with packaging products for mailings, making residues bags and many more varied projects for which we are short of hands at Satelliet.
In the summer of 2019, the Dutch theme park Toverland put various new, sustainable terraces into use. "When a material can meet all other important criteria, the sustainable choice is always our preference."
Giving new value to used or residual materials, there is potential. But the origin of new materials is also important. New techniques are developed or improved on a daily basis and expand the possibilities in the field of sustainability. This also includes the choice of materials. In the continuous development of our collection, we try to use such materials more and more to ensure that our collection is ready for a sustainable future. We currently do this by using different materials:
Resysta is an innovative and sustainable material that is made from biological residual waste. This mainly consists of rice husk, but also of rock salt and mineral oils. This product is the result of a long search for a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood. The material has the look and feel of wood - it can even be processed that way - but has the advantages of plastic: it requires little maintenance, is completely water-resistant and 100% recyclable. This makes Resysta ideally suited for outdoor furniture and at the same time contributes to our sustainability mission.
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Much felt is still made from wool. But modern felt is becoming increasingly popular, partly because of its strength. For example, synthetic fibers are used. Nowadays there are good techniques to melt PET bottles into usable fibers. During the production process, this ensures that the felt is compressed into one mass, while the surface still retains its fibrous structure. We use this technique for our Press chairs and stools, among other things. The shell of Press feels like a normal upholstered chair, while it mainly consists of recycled PET bottles.
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Sustainability is also increasingly taken into account in the origin of our fabrics. The great thing about this is that the possibilities with regard to sustainability present themselves in different ways. For example, recycling takes place before and after consumption and/or only raw materials are used that can later be used again as raw materials. These three ways are also known as: Pre-consumer recycling, post-consumer recycling and Cradle 2 Cradle.
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A few years ago, the idea was launched to have the aluminum tubes used in our chairs made from recycled aluminum parts. We entered into this recycling process with a producer from Indonesia with whom we have been working with for over 25 years and who is, among other things, our partner in producing furniture with plastic wickerwork. In all these years of collaboration, we have gone through many developments together in terms of technology and design. We believe that this lasting relationship has fueled the growth of both companies. But having such a partnership also makes it possible to think together about the future and possibilities in the field of sustainability.
Wood with the FSC quality mark has been sourced in a responsible manner. The FSC system ensures that our world's forests can be preserved through responsible forest management. Responsible forest management means protecting the habitat of plants and animals and respect for the rights of the local population and forest workers. This ensures that we can continue to make responsible use of this raw material now and in the future and continue to enjoy our forests.
Sustainability is not only about how we treat the planet, but also how we deal with employees, suppliers, producers, you name it. It is with building lasting relationships that you can mean more to each other and help each other grow.
Circl - initiative of Dutch bank ABN AMRO - is a new, circular pavilion in the south of Amsterdam. Sustainable and circular principles formed the starting points for the development of the building.
Felt is a primal textile with a long history. With modern techniques, synthetic fibers can even be made from PET bottles. This makes felt not only a versatile, but also a sustainable product.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Dutch city of Leiden is a museum and science under one roof. In the summer of 2019 it reopened its doors after a large-scale renovation. The new Naturalis brings together museum, collections and research, but above all wants to touch the hearts of visitors.