-We use certified renewable wood
We use solid wood that comes from governmental forests in Quebec, Canada. The management of these forests is based on the Timber Supply and Forest Management Agreement which allows the natural ecosystem to maintain itself. The government guarantees long-term supplies to the forest companies, and in return it requires that they manage the forest responsibly in order to maintain or increase its productivity.
-We use recycled and recyclable steel, aluminium, and plastic
Recycled materials require less processing and fewer resources. Technologies are always improving, meaning that recycled plastics and metals are always going up in quality. Depending on the availability and on the suppliers, the steel, aluminium and plastic used by Trica are made from 10% to 80 % of recycled materials. We also recycle 100% of internally generated steel, aluminium foam and plastic scraps as well as all cardboard, paper and glass.
-Our paint is lead and VOC free
When you buy a piece of furniture, bring it home, and set it down in a room, it doesn’t just sit there. No matter what it’s made of, chances are, it’s off gassing (or releasing substances into the air). Almost everything off gasses, which isn’t necessarily bad, but synthetic materials or those treated with synthetic substances can off gas chemicals which are toxic. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are the most common family of chemicals that are off gassed and have been linked to birth defects, endocrine disruption, and cancer. Trica’s steel and aluminium products are protected by a high-temperature baked lead-free powder coating. Zero VOC’s! Furthermore, Trica’s upholstered seat boards and table tops are produced using low formaldehyde particle boards.
- Our products can be disassembled and recycled
Trica products are good eco-friendly furniture and they lend themselves to easy repair, disassembly, and recycling. Our products can be easily taken apart, sorted into their constituent parts, and recycled at the end of their useful lives.
- Our furniture is durable and fixable
One of the most important but often overlooked aspects of green products (and this definitely goes for furniture) is durability. If something is tough and/or can be readily repaired, this lessens the chance that it’ll end up in the landfill, and could easily save you money in the long run, even if it’s initially more expensive. Even recyclable materials if they break (and can’t be fixed) require energy and other resources to reprocess and then replace. Durable goods that will last a long time can be passed on from person to person. Even if your style changes and that barstool or chair isn’t your thing anymore, a good strong barstool or chair will always be appealing to someone else, while a broken (and unfixable) one won’t.
Trica recognizes its responsibility as a global citizen and is continually striving to reduce the environmental impact of the work we do and the products we create.
How we impact the environment is also important to us, and environmental considerations are an integral part of Trica’s business practices. At Trica, we try to educate employees to make more sustainable choices at work and at home, and we encourage suppliers, vendors and business partners to be environmentally responsible.
We believe that environmental protection is a priority for the conservation of precious natural resources and the continued health of our planet.