Opening conversations, closing the loop

Respect for nature has always coloured how we do things at Kvadrat. So has curiosity and enthusiasm for the innovation that follows it. Today, with the need to reconsider the way we design, produce and consume more pressing than ever, we are building on these values to push the boundaries of sustainable textile design.

Acting responsibly, thinking circular
As our sustainability commitments show, we aim to strike an optimal balance between environmental concerns, strict quality standards and social responsibility. For this reason, we prioritise sustainable products, evaluate the environmental impact of the textiles and ensure all our suppliers follow our stringent Code of Conduct.

Focused on the consistent development of new, sustainable products, we seek to instil circular thinking into every aspect of our operations. This starts with considering ‘waste’ as a valuable resource and extends to conception, sourcing, design, production, use and re-use. Durability is another key criterion for us: the longer our products are utilised, the better for the environment, as we respect the resources available to us.
More about our sustainability principles

Sharing goals and ideas with suppliers
Long-term collaborations with our suppliers, and the conversations that arise as a result, are fundamental to our approach. They enable us to keep exploring new ideas, processes and technologies that open fresh possibilities for textiles and textile-related products. In addition, we own shares of some of our suppliers’ businesses. These investments help to cement the closeness of our collaborations. Although every one of our suppliers has a unique heritage and set of specialised skills, they all share our commitment to sustainable production, resource efficiency and the support of local communities.
About Wooltex – one of our partner suppliers

Drawing from deep roots in sustainable design culture
We also build on our Danish heritage as we investigate new ways to support a circular economy. Denmark is world-leader in this area and Kvadrat’s CEO, Anders Byriel, took part in defining the goals for the Danish Advisory Board for Circular Economy. These deal with the creation of an optimal framework for conversion to circular activities – and the economic opportunities these bring. Furthermore, since 2013, as our Sustainability Report shows, Kvadrat also has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact: the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

Reflecting this, for many years, the Kvadrat collection has included pioneering textiles that unite minimised environmental impact, outstanding craftsmanship and functional performance. For instance, Waterborn, a sustainable alternative to leather, which was launched in 2011. Compared to similar microfibre textiles, it is produced using 70% less water with a 99% reduction of organic solvent consumption. Also Revive 1, launched in 2015, is a textile with minimised environmental impact: made from post-consumer plastic bottles, it supports the reduction of plastic waste.
Everything begins at home

Innovating textiles, breaking new frontiers
More recently, as new technologies have emerged and our conversations around circular thinking have deepened, we have added further innovative, sustainable designs to the Kvadrat collection. Re-wool, Patio and our partnership with Really not only raise important questions about how we manage resources; they also open new dialogues about the usage of textiles.
Our EU Flower collection