In a business world where there's very little green and very big washing, and all big corportations and e-commerce giants have a sustainability page where they explain how very much they care, it's easy to get confused. At 1+1 we don't want to fool you, but express a few simple principles that are our guidance.
1) No matter how hard you try sell it, making something new requires energy, more or less clean. There is no other way around. The pieces we sell, call them preowned or vintage as you like, they are already existing, and won't have more impact on our planet. Choosing something for your home that it's already part of this world, something that was so well built that it's still in a terrific shape after so many years and it will stay that way, rather something new that very often doesn't match the quality that historical pieces have to offer and won't last as long, it's to us the most sustainable decision possible.
2) Buy less! We don't offer junk furniture at attractive prices, we don't do sales to convince you to buy something you don't need because it's a bargain. Buy just a few things, weight your decision, choose quality and mantain it. As us all the questions you need, we are here to help to see if we have something that's good for you or not.
3) Nevertheless, our business is not sustainable. None is, in fact. Some parts of it (transports) cause significant emission. However, we believe that the impact a small, independent reality like 1+1, doens't weight too much on the system. In a year, we likely do as many shipments as a fashion brand does in a few minutes.
4) As for packaging, sorry but you won't receive a gorgeus branded package with brand new wrapping materials. Not beacause we don't want to spend a penny, but because there are so many cardboard boxes around, so much bubblewrap, so much packing paper, that if it's possible we tend to reuse what we already have. Doesn't look as good, but it's better for karma!
5) While working, we try hard not to make anybody else unhappy. So we try to be fair in our work practice, not taking advantage of underpayed interns and collaborating only with people that we have a similar approach. We prefer to work less and achive less than doing more by taking advantage of somebody else. As for shipping, when it's possible we recommend using indipendent shippers and not the usual big corps, even if more expensive. Finally, when we do a temporary exhibition, we try to think how it will impact the surroundings and build relationships and connections with our neighbors.