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No polyurethane foam
In a standard sofa, you will find about 30-40 kilos of polyurethane foam, or in other words, plastic. Not so with us. A D3CO sofa is 100% natural.
A classic polyurethane product is made of one block that just tires out and has to be thrown away. We on the other hand work in layers. Layers can be individually repaired and replaced if need be. The product you rest on is healthy, more comfortable, and lasts for a generation - or two.
Supply control and certification
We care deeply about what goes into our sofas. We know all of our suppliers personally and check up on them. We prefer the local option to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible. We make sure they use materials with the ecological certifications we require.
Our FSC certified Bamboo is one of the fastest growing, renewable resources in the world. It reaches its final length of up to 20 meters within a couple of months and absorbs CO2 in large quantities. One bamboo plant consists of several poles and new shoots will grow from the mother plant every year. Generally 20-25% of the poles in a sustainable bamboo forest can be harvested each year. The plant does not die after harvesting, so no deforestation.
We use Oekotex certified cotton as inner lining, outer upholstery and for our seams. Thanks to this material it is possible to completely insulate the inner part of the sofa, making it an-allergenic and more comfortable. Our cotton inner layers also permit us to make our covers removable wherever we can. Our zippers are also part cotton - and part steel.
In rare cases, latex is not able to do the job. In these cases (at the moment ONLY our Quartz armchair) we will use a particular medical herb and natural oils based foam for padding. We will always note this in the description of the product, because even though this foam is based on 100% natural materials, it is the only non-compostable component we use. Those foams are certified, nonallergenic and harmless for children.
Gold, Silver, Brass
Our precious metals are applied by galvanisation. This process involves electroplating, that is, running a current of electricity through a saline/precious metal solution. Thus a very thin layer is applied to a steel or iron object. - For example a screw or metal bar or else the foot of an object.
Our padded sofas and cushions are made with real goose feathers, a light, insulating material capable of maintaining a stable body temperature. Its' high softness also provides extreme comfort. On request, feathers can be replaced by wool padding, to obtain a completely vegan product.
We use jute to make structural belts and also as an interlining fabric, to provide a connecting material between the sofa frame and the latex foam. Jute is a vegetable textile fiber obtained from lime or from the bark of plant stems. It is 100% biodegradable and recyclable. It has a high tensile strenght and a low extensibility rate, and it provides a high-level transpiration to the product.
100% natural latex is distilled from Hevea plants and possesses extraordinary antibacterial properties. It is the most elastic material known in nature and it can immediately return to its original shape after any kind of stress: a unique feature only paralleled by human skin. Latex possesses higher specific gravity and lift than polyurethane foam, thus providing the advantage of having softness, flexibility and transpiration at the same time. All our latex is certified with the Euro Latex and Oekotex labels.
D3CO works only with leather that are made by chrome free mineral tanning and vegetal tanning. This is important to avoid toxines present in standard leathers, thus providing an antiallergic material that will also decompase without dangerous residues. We also collaborate only with producers that guarantee a correct treatment of their waste water and providecertifications as to their processes. All of our leather comes from hides that are left over from food production.
Our sofas metal parts are made of untreated or polished steel. Steel is an alloy, mainly composed of iron and carbon. High resistance and complete reusability in case of recycling are its prime features. Polished steel is a noble material used for structures and finishes, while the crude one is used in details such as springs and zippers, frames and coupling systems for the lining. Staples employed throughout the production process are made of this material as well.
D3CO uses 100% natural textiles that are awarded the Oeko-Tex standard and certification. All natural, 100% plastic free. The leather we source is a chrome-free guaranteed mineral dyed, and thus an-allergic. We look for upholstery with the best quality features available, but also the most wonderful colour options. We work only with 100% Cotton, Linen, Silk and Leather.
We use only timbers of European spruce and beech trees with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification. The lumber only comes from forests where the collection is guaranteed and controlled by that organisation. FSC is actively engaged in promoting a responsible use of the territory and the continuous reforestation of the collecting areas.
We love wool for our padding layers, where we use it to give structure or to divide layers. Wool is a wonderful natural product with many amazing properties. It absorbs sound, and has natural resistance to flames, which makes it a material of predilection for high risk environments such as airplanes and trains.
The FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) label ensures that the products contain wood from responsibly harvested and verified forests that meet FSC demanding environmental, social and economical standards.
The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is a globally uniform testing and certification system for raw textile materials, intermediate and final products thoroughly verified at each production stage.
For a healthy indoor climate it is important that products used indoors have very low emissions and comply with the official European E1 norm (EN 717-1). All our wooden compounds meet this standard, while several of them even comply with E0, the strictest (unofficial) emission class available.
EuroLATEX is the representative body of all major European producers of latex foam components for the bedding and the upholstered furniture industry. The association was founded in 1990 by eight members to act as an intermediary between the industry and the EU authorities.
Free of chemicals
Free of plastic
Wood from EU forests
No animal cruelty
Free of chrome