We use metals – mainly brass and steel – in our furniture and light fittings.

The issue

Metals are derived from mined ores which are smelted.  Some metals are produced by recycling scrap.  Both processes are highly energy intensive, producing carbon dioxide and other emissions.  Poorly managed mines have been implicated in harm to local ecosystems, nearby communities and miners.

The challenge

While the mining industry has made great strides in improving its management systems and preventing harm, it is extremely difficult to trace the source of metals with any accuracy.

Soane’s commitment

We want to source all metals responsibly and are gathering information on our metals supply chain to ensure we are buying the most sustainably mined metals available.  This is a first step to ensure metals used in Soane designs are mined in a way that is safe for miners and minimises negative impacts on local ecosystems and communities.