Environment and quality — Montana's environmental certifications and initiatives
At Montana, we take our environmental responsibilities seriously. Over 25 years ago, we introduced our own set of environmental accounts in consultation with The Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
Montana's environmental history — A timeline
Montana is established with production in Denmark
Montana establishes a management system for environment and work environment
Montana introduces first environmental accounting
Montana transitions to water-based primers without harmful substance
Montana achieves The Indoor Climate Label
Montana becomes ISO 14001 certified in Environmental Management
Montana transitions to water-based lacquers without harmful substances
Montana achieves the EU Ecolabel as one of the first Danish furniture manufacturers
Montana's production in Funen transitions to district heating and achievies a significant annual CO2 reduction
Montana achieves the PEFC certification and most MDF products are now made from PEFC certified wood
Companies are the most powerful drivers in terms of making the world a better place
In 2019 Montana was awarded the official EU Ecolabel and is thereby among the very first Danish furniture manufacturers to achieve it. When developing EU Ecolabel criteria for products, the focus is on the product's entire lifecycle, from raw material extraction to production, distribution and disposal. Today the following product series are certified with the EU Ecolabel:
- Hilow Tables
- JW Table
- Montana System
- Montana Free Shelving System
- Montana Mini
- Panton One
- Panton Wire
- Multi Tables
CEO at Montana Joakim Lassen says: "Achieving this certification has been very important to us, and it's something we've worked towards for a long time. I'm delighted that Montana is one of the first furniture manufacturers in Europe to achieve it because I consider sustainability a key part of our responsibilities as a manufacturer in Denmark."
The objective of the EU Ecolabel is to reduce the overall environmental impact of the production and consumption of goods. The label looks at the entire product’s life cycle and the environmental problems that arise along the way – for the benefit of people, the environment and the earth’s resources.
The EU Ecolabel guarantees
- that a high percentage of wood is from legal sustainably managed forests
- tough restrictions on the use of environmentally hazardous substances
- tough restrictions on the use of toxic substances
- that wood has low emissions of the allergenic substance formaldehyde
- a 5-year product guarantee (Montana has opted to retain its 10-year product guarantee)
Still, more companies and private consumers are concerned about their environmental footprint when furnishing their offices or homes. The EU Ecolabel enhances the sustainability of Montana's products, ensures transparency and provides consumers and retailers with a recognisable marker when choosing products.
Most of our products are developed and made in Denmark. We have over 160 employees under one roof, all applying their expertise in processing, painting and assembly. This ensures that our high standards of quality are maintained and that everything is produced under conditions that respect our workforce and the world around us.
Montana is ISO14001 certified since 2004. ISO 14001 is an international standard in the management of the company's environmental aspects. An ISO14001 certification places demands on business processes and the company's ability to make the best use of resources and thus limit environmental impacts.
Montana's management has developed an environmental policy, set environmental goals and continuously monitors operations and the goals set. As part of Montana's environmental management, products are evaluated in a lifecycle perspective, which means that resource consumption and sustainability are considered in all activities.
Companies are no longer judged solely based on profit or international rankings. Instead, they're judged by the footprint they leave, and that is why we always work with high-quality standards to ensure that our furniture will survive for generations and can be moved from room to room as the needs of a house change over time.
Sustainability in 42 colours – a body-mind philosophy
Every eight years, Montana develops a new colour palette. Our current palette was created in collaboration with colour expert Margrethe Odgaard. Read more about Margrethes creative process towards a new and more sensual colour palette.
Design requirements and quality control ensure that Montana shelving, when used correctly has a long life circle. For the correctly mounted and deployed Montana products, and for use under normal circumstances including load recommendations, the Montana Furniture A/S 10-year guarantee covers design, moving parts and functionality. For chairs, rector® wash basins, electronic and hydraulic components: 5 years.