Design Centre Stories

Climate Leadership for Jacaranda

A moodboard of rug samples by Jacaranda

Events surrounding how to make the industry more sustainable are always incredibly well-attended at the Design Centre’s shows – an indication of how much hunger there is for transparent information about how brands and individual products perform when it comes to laying a lighter hand on the planet.

Now, Jacaranda Carpets & Rugs is taking a raft of measures to ensure that the business will halve its greenhouse gases by 2030 – and be carbon neutral by 2040. It has joined the SME Climate Hub, a network of companies all pledging to work in a more sustainable way: the initiative requires Jacaranda to report all of its annual emissions, making as transparent as possible energy sources such as company vehicles, machinery and air conditioning.

The company is taking many steps to ensure that it will fulfil its pledge, from replacing air miles with rail travel to introducing electric company cars and switching packaging to recycled polythene. Jacaranda uses the UPS Carbon Neutral scheme when transporting its rugs within the UK, which offsets carbon emissions through projects such as: reforestation, landfill gas destruction, wastewater treatment and methane destruction. The positive measures trickle down to the smallest details, such as using eco-friendly dishwasher tablets and reusable glass bottles from the milkman.

Jacaranda is already well-known in the industry for its carpets and rugs made from natural wool and Tencel. The latter is a cellulose fibre derived from wood pulp, and more than 99% of any processing chemicals are reused in a “closed loop” system. The showroom also works with GoodWeave to ensure that no child labour is involved in its supply chain, and that workplace conditions are documented and verifiable.

Jacaranda Carpets & Rugs, Second Floor, South Dome