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
The Montana shelving system carries the Danish Indoor Climate Label, and Montana is certified in accordance with international environmental standards. Montana became one of the first Danish businesses to run ‘cradle-to-grave’ analyses of the environmental consequences of a given product. Since 2007, we have exclusively used water-based lacquer colours, which neither smell nor contain solvents.
Montana modules carry the EU Ecolabel, the Danish Indoor Climate Label, the ISO 14001 (environmental) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety) standards.
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.
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)
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Joakim Lassen, CEO
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.
All 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.
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.
CEO, Joakim Lassen