Having made this commitment, these companies will display the Made Aware scheme label on their products, so that customers can see which companies and products are part of the scheme.

LOFA will support members in these efforts by providing ideas and advice to help them identify and implement improvements.

In its first full year of operation the Made Aware scheme has brought about the following improvements.

Products made from, or involving, timber have been changed to use FSC accredited timber.  This change has resulted in around 650 tonnes being changed annually.

Production processes of aluminium and polyweave furniture have been finessed to reduce material wastage and increase levels of re-cycling.  Material usage has been reduced by over 10 tonnes annually.

The specification of cardboard packaging has been changed to increase the amount of re-cycled material that is used.  This has resulted in an increase of around 35 tonnes in the amount of re-cycled material being used annually.

Cardboard has been used to replace Styrofoam as a packaging material.  Over a tonne of Styrofoam has been replaced annually.

New machinery has been installed in two factories to remove or reduce dust in the factory.  These have resulted in a significant improvement in the conditions of the workers.

Products have been re-designed to use less steel in their production.  This has saved around 80 tonnes of steel annually.

Products have been re-specified to use a higher proportion of re-cycled aluminium and steel in their production.  This has saved the use of around 100 tonnes of primary steel and 180 tonnes of primary aluminium annually.

Product transit packaging has been re-specified to be less bulky.  As a result more products can be fitted into a shipping container and so fewer containers are required to transport products from the supplier to the UK.  This change will save between 8 and 11 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Going forward LOFA members will be making improvements in the following aspects of their products’ life cycles:

Increase the proportion of re-cycled materials used in the packaging of products.

Reduce the total amount of packaging material used for products.

Reduce or replace the amount of Styrofoam used as part of packaging.

Re-specify or re-design how products are packed into shipping containers, to fit more pieces into each container.

Re-design products so that they require less material.

Increase the proportion of re-cycled aluminium or steel used in products.

Provide more detailed information to consumers about how they can re-cycle products at the end of their life.

Encourage suppliers to take actions to reduce dust in their factories, or to ensure that workers use appropriate safety equipment at all times.

Encourage suppliers to take actions to reduce the energy required to make products.

Encourage suppliers to take actions to reduce materials wastage, and increase the re-cycling of scrap when making products.

Encourage suppliers to take actions to reduce emissions of hazardous or polluting materials into the environment.

Encourage suppliers to ensure that their workers’ terms and conditions comply with the minimum standards set by national law.

Ensure that any timber used in products is sourced under one of the recognised accreditation schemes such as FSC, PEFC or TFT.

Seek ways to reduce the amount of travelling required, both in the UK and abroad, by using new technology such as Skype or video conferencing services.

Install new, more efficient heating in your warehouse or offices. 

Use green energy to heat and light premises.