Sustainability in focus at KTH
How can we transform used furniture into an eco-friendly resource? At Input interior, this is a central issue, and we recently visited KTH Royal Institute of Technology to convey our answers and insights.
When KTH initiated a project for circular furniture flows, the sustainability manager at Input interior, Patrik Clavenstam, was invited to speak about furniture’s environmental impact and how it is possible to use furnishings in a more sustainable way.
– We have the knowledge to educate businesses to make a real difference to the climate and this is a way for us to take responsibility for a sustainable societal development. At KTH, there is a commitment to reorganise and find environmentally-friendly solutions for using furniture. We were invited to show how circular flows of furniture works and how to think more long-term, says Patrik Clavenstam.
The education at KTH was based on the environmental benefits of reconditioning and reusing furniture. With facts, advice, and tips, insights were conveyed on how used furniture can become a resource for the future.
– We gathered our employees who in any way are handling purchases of furnishings – KTH Sustainability Group, property managers, interior designers, janitors, and purchasing managers. Afterwards, we received very positive feedback, and many were inspired to get started with circular furniture flows. As part of our start-up process, Patrik provided insights into how we can implement this in our projects, says Anna Berglund, Sustainability Strategist at KTH.
As the Nordic region’s leading independent interior design company, with thousands of completed projects each year, Input interior can contribute to a sustainable future by transforming experiences and knowledge into educations.
– Today, many companies and organisations want to make this type of change, but the knowledge to do so doesn’t always exist. Our educations are adapted to customers and architects so that they themselves get the tools to implement sustainable systems in their business, Patrik Clavenstam continues.
Input interior’s sustainability group is behind the education, which actively works for an environmentally-friendly industry, by reviewing the own organisation and the partners.
– We see it as a matter of course to make demands, influence, support, and inspire those we work with to make long-term and conscious choices. Our sustainability group ensures that we continue to set high goals for a sustainable future, concludes Patrik Clavenstam.