Wood & laminate flooring - Kährs
Kährs has supplied sustainable cosmetics retailer Lush with hardwood flooring for Lush stores, offices, spas and studios in the UK. The collaboration is a result of Kährs matching the strict environmental criteria set by Lush for its suppliers.
Lush has ‘very high standards of sustainability awareness and strong environmental ethos’ for all its cosmetic products, which reportedly involves the whole chain from buying raw materials to packaging, waste and recycling, and reducing the use of energy and water. This demands long pre-qualification processes to ensure a sustainable supply chain, certifications and adopted processes, including no animal testing as well as ethical, sustainable and vegetarian sourcing of material.
At the end of 2018, a visit to the Kährs factory in Nybro, Sweden led to the agreement for Kährs to deliver hardwood floors to Lush stores across the UK.
‘The dynamically rustic and lightly smoked 'Oak Sevede' was chosen for various rooms, including the spa, in the newly opened Liverpool flagship store,’ says the company. ‘The new store, opened in March 2019, is the largest Lush store in the world and a one-stop destination for Lush products, spa services, a hair salon, perfume library and a florist. In addition, hardwood flooring for Lush’s Birmingham flagship store and spa has already been delivered and is open for business.
‘Our beliefs and ethics are at the centre of everything we do and, as such, it’s important our suppliers have the right credentials and fit with these beliefs. We have chosen Kährs to supply our spa flooring and we are really happy with the result that we have been able to achieve with this collaboration,’ said Rosie Goodbourn, materials researcher for Lush.
The expected next step of the collaboration will be to deliver flooring to Lush stores in countries outside the UK.
‘We’re very proud to collaborate with Lush and especially that we share a passion in environment and sustainability. Just as Lush, we strive to constantly reduce our impact on the environment throughout all our operations,’ said Christer Persson, president and ceo, Kährs Group.