At Audo, we take our responsibility as a manufacturer of furniture, lighting and accessories seriously, working consistently and conscientiously towards more sustainable ways of running our business. One of the ways we do this is by donating our textile offcuts to non-profit organizations, which repurpose fabrics into new products that benefit at-risk individuals and reduce environmental waste.
In Line with the World
I Tråd Med Verden (In Line with the World) runs sewing and design workshops in vulnerable residential areas, repurposing discarded textiles to create job opportunities and a better quality of life for those who have lost their footing on the labour market. Shaping new connections and generating knowledge about sustainable practices, I Tråd Med Verden’s circular production gives new life to unwanted materials, creating purpose in more sense than one.
Uniting craft with change, Liva Creation is a socio-economic design company that provides employment opportunities to vulnerable individuals outside the labour market. Offering a more sustainable future for people and planet, Liva Creation upcycles our fabric offcuts into new products. Each creation carries a unique story of positive human development.
Turning Waste into Wisdom
When the Copenhagen-based student housing company UMEUS purchased one of the very first batches of the Passage Stool for their Nordhavn campus, little did they know it would lead to a story of sustainability, innovation and purpose.
Placed in such a versatile environment, it soon became evident that the design required additional reinforcement. But rather than allowing these imperfect pieces to become mere waste, the stools found a new function under the skilled hands of CABAS (Centre for Activity and Social Offerings, Sheltered Employment and Specialised Youth Education), a social enterprise offering the framework for a meaningful and evolving everyday life for adults with physical and/or mental disabilities.
A testament to their dedication to turning waste into opportunity and creating purposeful tasks and new opportunities for at-risk individuals, CABAS ingeniously transformed the Passage stools into functional and stylish shelves.
"When we creatively utilise waste wood and faulty furniture, new and long-lasting products with a distinct character and history emerge. The most important criterion is that the idea behind each new design includes a variety of meaningful tasks for those in employment support," note the managers at the CABAS carpentry workshop, whose collaboration with UMEUS represents a shared commitment to recognising the potential in people and products.