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We place enormous value on our products’ reputation for standing the test of time, because we believe that anything that’s less than superb in its design and craftsmanship is simply a waste – not just of money but also of resources.
Long before sustainability became an issue of concern, d line made a promise that we would create things that are timeless in their design and enduring in their strength, so that they wouldn’t need to be bought for a purpose more than once. It was based on unfussy, minimalist design that would never date. And it was based on the use of raw, resilient, acid-proof, non-corrosive AISI 316, as the strongest, most hard wearing steel for these types of purposes.
Today that commitment to sustainability exists as a 20-year guarantee on our products (with the exception of electronic parts). This commitment extends to responsible sourcing of our steel, to low-emission hand assembly and to a lean factory that never produces more than what is needed.
Sourcing, processing and recycling
How d line acquires our steel has been carefully thought through, from sourcing to processing, right through to scraps.
Our steel is milled in Germany and bought through the mill’s subsidiary in Lithuania. We have chosen this mill as our source because it has the highest quality standards and is the closest location we could find to our production facility, meaning we can minimise and manage transport emissions.
Between 50 and 70 per cent of the steel in d line products is recycled. We buy only for the need we have, and to keep just enough in reserve to react quickly if an urgent order comes in. This is not only because we don’t want to be responsible for mining and producing steel that’s not needed, it’s also to avoid the emissions that powering a large-scale storage facility demands.
Our waste minimisation goals include a keen focus on getting our production absolutely perfect each time. This focus means that these types of scraps only account for about 0.3 per cent or our entire production – and we’re working to reduce even this small number all the time.
When we have used the steel for the purpose we bought it for, we ensure nothing is thrown away. Our scraps are carefully sorted, before being either sold locally or sent back to Germany to be melted down at the mill. We then buy back as much of the material created from that melting process as we can, as a way to repurpose, reuse and avoid unnecessary waste.