From Heritage to Future

The year 2020 celebrates the brand’s 110 Years Anniversary and it will be an important milestone, leaning towards a more sustainable business in so many areas, starting from behaviour, respect and production. In our daily office life we have eliminated the use of plastic and we have started using recycled paper and have implemented more sustainable behaviours, such as drinking from a eco-friendly reusable bottle. For this reason, up to 60% of Spring Summer 2021 Collection has been produced using eco-friendly and recycled materials and our final goal in the next few years will be to produce a collection 100% sustainable.

Recycled Nylon

Starting form Spring Summer 2021, 100% of our nylon proposal will be recycled. This material is made by recycled PET nylon.
Recycled PET fabric is a new type of environmentally friendly recycled material. Its yarn is extracted from discarded mineral water bottles and cola bottles. Recycled yarn needs less amount of oil used for production, contributing to the reduction of air pollution and controlling the greenhouse effect. All kinds of products currently produced by the Eco Jet company can pass the testing of international standards such as MTL, SGS, ITS, etc.

Sustainable Leather

Having sustainable leather in our collections means developing a long-term project that can respect the dynamics of what we call the circular economy. Also because, what do we mean today with "sustainable leather"? Borbonese supports the control and tracing of leathers from before they are ready to be used for production, respecting the entire supply chain. For this reason, we have entered into a synergistic collaboration with an Italian excellence in the sector, La Granda. It is a Consortium of Piedmontese breeders born in 1996 that are well known for sustainability. A careful disciplinary and a different sensibility towards the problems linked to the animal welfare are the bases for the production of these types of leathers.
The leathers are than worked by Tannery LABA that uses a special tanning formula based on aluminum (aluminum silicates) which is able to give the skin a softness and a touch sensation closest to natural.

Recycled Linen

Produced in Italy with eco-friendly colours and a sustainable production line that is certificated and submitted for periodic controls to the Eco Free Time Textiles. The fabrics are produced by old garments and clippings of garment, selected by colour, cut in pieces of small dimensions and then minced in order to be mixed. This process of ecological advanced recycling regenerates the fibers contributing also to decrease the environmental pollution caused by the normal fabric disposal.

Recycled Packaging

Starting form Spring Summer 2021, our packaging will be completely eco-friendly. The paper used is customized for Borbonese by Fedrigoni. It is made in Italy and it is composed by a mix of FSC® certified virgin fiber and 50% pre-consumer waste recycled fiber.

The FSC® brand ensures that a forest plantation is managed in compliance with rigorous environmental, social and economic standards, and is therefore a guarantee of controlled reforestation, conservation of ecosystems and indigenous and local populations. The pre-consumer waste recycled fiber are mainly scraps coming directly from paper mill operations. In doing so, Fedrigoni rationalize and optimize the reuse of their production waste, obtaining a clean and truly “zero km” recycled material.

The paper made from this particular mix will then be used to make boxes, thank you cards, etc. by Cadica Group. The products are printed with a low environmental impact or water-based ink that is not harmful to humans and the environment, as recognized by the Reach legislation. Cadica Group especially produces for Borbonese dust bags with sustainable cotton made with natural fibers to protect our items that will be deliver to you.

In every sustainable bag you will find a special message from our CEO – Alessandro Pescara.

The Future Starts Here

For us, sustainability is an every day journey for every person within the company. We give the same attention that our artisans place on our handmade products to the impact these have on people, on communities and on the environment.
We believe in the production of beautiful things, made to last over time and pass from generation to generation, giving them new life. We are convinced that well-made things guarantee a better future for everyone.
For over a hundred years, we have been inspired by our hometown, Turin, Italy, in building a tradition of craftsmanship and a community that wants to live in an authentic, conscious way.

The Partners

In order to build a sustainable future together, we carefully selected the best possible partners.
Our partnerships allow us to achieve concrete daily goals, experimenting with new production materials as well as recycling processes, to guarantee a fully traceable, quality supply chain.

La Granda

We support the traceability of our leather thanks to the synergic collaboration with La Granda whose organic production, in full respect of animal welfare and the cycles of nature, allows us to maintain control over the entire production process.

Conceria Laba

We have chosen this special aluminum-based tanning formula to treat our products, which allows us to dispose of them without risk of pollution and to be able to rework and upcycle the leather.

Green Pea

We support Green Pea, the first Green Retail Park in the world located in the city of Turin, dedicated to the theme of sustainability and respect. Here you will find our range of fully sustainable products.

Our Path

Since 2018 we’ve been working on a research and development path that involves every step of our production process and every person who works with us, to keep the promise of creating beautiful products, made to last forever.

 

2018

With the entry of the new CEO Alessandro Pescara, we started setting concrete sustainability goals to be achieved over time within the Borbonese world.

 

2020

The first milestone is reached: almost half of the FW 2020 collection is created sustainably, and our first 100% recycled PET Nylon material line is born.

 

2022

Packaging is now completely recycled. Up to 60% of the new collection is made in eco-friendly and recycled materials.

 

2024

The materials used for future collections will not only be recycled, but recyclable. Our promise with the Earth is to create a 100% sustainable collection, with full respect for the environment, people and communities.

Our Sustainable Materials

Sustainable Leather

Having sustainable leather in our collection means developing a long-term project that can respect the dynamics of the circular economy. Thanks to the collaboration with La Granda, a consortium of sustainable Italian breeders, we support the control and tracing of leather, respecting the entire supply chain.

Recycled Nylon

Today, 100% of our range of nylon products is recycled thanks to the use of PET material, a particular type of yarn extracted from discarded plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Recycled yarn requires less oil used for production, helping to reduce air pollution and control the greenhouse effect.

Our Sustainable Products

With our FW 2021 collection we have reached the important milestone of 60% sustainable production, working with new materials and new techniques, to ensure the highest possible quality, while fully respecting the environment.

Special Project: Pawel Grunert x Borbonese

On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile 2021, Borbonese is presenting a partnership with international designer Pawel Grunert, inaugurating a showcase dedicated to the theme of sustainability in the cities of Milan, Turin and Lugano.
The aim of the project is to bring light to the recycled Nylon material used in our latest collections and obtained entirely from the scraps of plastic bottles, while showing the technique used by the artist to create his works.

In your experience, what is sustainable design?
Sustainable design is environmentally conscious design, no different from what we call "good design". In turn, it is economical and synthetic in form and the effect is achieved with as few means as possible. “Less is more” - Mies van der Rohe. What was only professionalism has now become a necessity.
What are the most difficult steps to achieve a circular economy in the furniture sector?
In my opinion the difficulty is above all mental. We need far fewer articles than we think. We have forgotten how precious a piece of furniture that lasts for generations is. Furniture can be made with materials other than traditional ones and, therefore, have different shapes. We are now obliged to use reusable materials that are durable and beautiful. Wood, leather and unprocessed plastic can be replaced with cellulose, plant fibers and wood chips.
How was the idea of SIE43 born? And how is it linked to the Borbonese brand?
SIE43 was born in 2009 for the Colombari Gallery Editions as a response to the theme: ECO-TRANS-POP. Building a chaise longue with PET bottles was a sort of game and the search for a symbol of the relationship between the three aforementioned terms. The Borbonese company that uses renewable recycled nylon is an example of an idea that is also suitable for SIE43.
Tell us about the material with which SIE43 is built, the recycled PET material.
For the construction of the SIE43 I used about 160 PET bottles with a capacity of 1.5 liters. I have many empty bottles in my garage with different shapes and colors, I have a habit of collecting them for new items. But it is not an easy material, because it brings with it all the baggage of references linked to a specific shape. In this case, the characteristic of the material (be it sustainable or unsustainable) was irrelevant to the design process.

 

How did you test the chair for strength and durability?
I test each chair with my body and my personal dignity.
What was the biggest challenge for this project?
As always, the biggest challenge was: is it possible to sit on it? Experience has taught me that the shape, size and thickness of the bottle walls are essential for the project. Thicker and smaller bottles are stronger and can carry a lot of weight vertically. Large and soft ones, only in the crushed mass, have the advantage of the structure. The type of bottle determines the shape of the object.
What else would you like to do in the field of sustainability and what are you already doing?
Sustainability space is important in my work in slightly wider areas than just recycled material. For example, a sowing and growing piece of furniture, an archetype of a furniture, traces of a human body in a piece of furniture - these are topics that I have been exploring for years. Tree, air, water, soil are the basic categories in my practice, both in a metaphorical and literal sense.
What are the fundamental elements that make a brand sustainable?
I am a furniture designer, not an analyst. What seems important to me is a harmonious combination of two concepts: the past (what is best in the tradition of the brand) and the future of the brand (new technologies, research, environmental sensitivity), but creating a brand is a complicated process and it's not up to me to analyze it. As a consumer, I'll just use the words: balance, moderation.

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