We believe there should be no hidden extras, at first glance our prices can seem higher than our competitors, but when you then add on the 20% VAT, Delivery Charges & Credit Card fees etc, Our prices usually work out alot lower.
Direct Chairs and The Environment
Direct Chairs Limited is fully aware of it's responsibilities to it's customers, suppliers, and future generations. We take our responsibility to the environment, both local and global, very seriously. We understand it is vital to reduce the impact we make as much as possible, so that’s what we are striving to do!
We are aiming for a "Paper-Less Office"
We believe that with the use of modern equipment we can dramatically minimise the paper used in our everyday business transactions. Therefore all correspondents and invoices for chairs will be sent via email, this cuts down on stationary and the effects on the environment by delivering mail using the postal service. However should you require a hard copy we will be happy to oblige.
Our preferred supplier's wood burners use off-cuts from the manufacturing process to heat parts of their factories. They also give wood off-cuts to the local community, free of charge. Our preferred supplier also has a great policy on vehicles and they do not have any unnecessary company cars, those they do possess have low CO2 emissions. We commend this approach and this is why we chose them as our preferred supplier.
Recycling & Waste Management
Our preferred supplier uses a specialist waste management company for all waste because of their expertise in recycling virtually anything. All their metal products are made from all or in part 100% recycled steel. Specialist lacquer and staining equipment reduces environmentally damaging lacquer waste.
Stationery and Packaging Materials
All our company stationery is printed on recycled paper. We will endeavour to use recycled materials for all our marketing material, envelopes, and packaging. We encourage all our suppliers and delivery partners to limit the packaging materials used. We have to get the balance right not to over use packaging materials, but also to ensure that chairs arrive in pristine condition.
Bonded Leather & Faux Leather
Bonded leather is made from the cuts left behind in real leather production. The process bonds the leather parts together and then a quality finish is added to give it a smooth and luxurious feel. The result is a chair that is 2-3 times less expensive than a top-grain leather chair, and with an almost identical look and feel. Because the production process uses off-cuts of leather, it is also eco-friendly. Faux leather is a man made product, Direct Chairs Limited encourages all its suppliers to offer faux leather ranges along side existing real leather products. We let the customers then make the best decision based on their requirements.
We encourage our furniture manufacturers to supply as many products as possible from Rubberwood, one of the most sustainable hardwoods. When a Rubber tree can no longer produce resin it is used to make furniture, and then another tree is planted to take it's place. Other hardwoods we use, all or in part, come from properly managed forests that can supply FSC certificates. Rubberwood is often the most misunderstood species of wood in the furniture industry. In fact, Rubberwood is one of the more durable woods used in the manufacturing of today’s home furnishings. As a member of the Maple family, Rubberwood has a dense grain character that is easily controlled in the kiln drying process. Rubberwood has very little shrinkage making it one of the more stable construction materials available for furniture manufacturing.
There is one more important feature of Rubberwood that is very important in today’s world. Rubberwood is the most ecologically “friendly” wood used in today’s furniture industry. After the economic life of the Rubber tree, which is generally 26-30 years, the latex yields become extremely low and the planters then fell the Rubber trees and plant new ones. So, unlike other woods that are cut down for the sole purpose of producing furniture, Rubberwood is used only after it completes it’s latex producing cycle and dies. This wood is therefore eco-friendly in the sense that we are now using what was going to be waste essentially now a by-product.