Sustainability

Understanding who, where and how products are made, the ethical and ecological impacts involved, as well as how raw materials are sourced is part of a growing consciousness toward accountable consumerism. Tait are devoted to continually improving our sustainability outcomes and offering transparency across our operations, whilst producing beautiful, high-performing, authentic design which is made to last. Within this document, you will find information pertaining to Tait’s sustainability initiatives including our local manufacturing, raw materials, processes, energy efficiency, environment and waste minimisation, as well as our ethical and social responsibilities.

Designed and manufactured to withstand time and trends, choosing a Tait piece is a sound investment in a legacy piece that you and your family will appreciate for decades to come (not a regret, bound for landfill in a year’s time!). “Instead of a disposable object, the work becomes a lifelong companion”, says Trent Jansen on his iconic, Australian surf-inspired Tidal collection designed for Tait.

At a time where manufacturing in Australia is increasingly vulnerable to cheaper, poorer quality imports, there is a growing consciousness toward understanding where products come from, who made them and what they are made from. When our customers invest in a Tait piece, they are assured it has been manufactured in an ethical and safe environment by our passionately skilled craftspeople, that it is made in Australia and that it is made from materials which endeavour to be sustainably-sourced wherever possible. They can also be assured that they are investing directly in supporting the wider Australian economy – that includes Tait’s 40 employees, the 12 Australian designers we collaborate with, our supply chain which sources 95% percent of its materials from Australian suppliers, as well as the numerous local businesses Tait partner with for other business needs.

“27 years on, we are proud

to still be an Australian manufacturer

in an, at times, vulnerable industry”

– GORDON TAIT,

FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF TAIT

An instrumental figure and leading force behind the Australian design and manufacturing industry since our establishment, Tait has carved a long and proud Australian manufacturing heritage. “27 years on, we are proud to still be an Australian manufacturer in an, at times, vulnerable industry” says Gordon Tait, Founding Director of Tait, on the company’s resilience in manufacturing in Australia.

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Tait's Sustainability Statement

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RAW MATERIALS

Timbers

Tait’s timbers are sustainably-sourced, predominantly regionally-grown, and sourced locally from mills which hold FSC® and PEFC® accreditations as well as a number of other sustainability initiatives. Each timber is selected for its sustainability outcomes and high-performance outdoors. Our timbers offer superior dimensional stability to prevent warping and end checking. As a natural material (and rather than being seen as flaws), Tait utilise a wide spectrum of variation across our timbers to add character and uniqueness to each piece, which also greatly minimises resource waste. Any timber wastage and off-cuts are donated to men’s timber sheds or other similar organisations for re-use.

Accoya®

Tait’s Accoya® timber is a New Zealand grown radiata pine which is then acetylated in The Netherlands. It is sustainably sourced through our supplier who holds FSC® and PEFC® with Chain of Custody accreditation. These internationally recognised accreditations ensure the timber has been sourced from responsibly managed forests. Accoya® is fast growing and abundantly available with outstanding durability and is guaranteed to last 50 years above ground without rotting. Accoya® has undergone a patented acetylation process and is completely non-toxic and recyclable. Accoya® holds many other sustainability accreditations including Cradle to Cradle Gold Level certification, U.S Green Building Council LEED certification, BREEAM® to name a few.

Spotted Gum

Tait’s Australian native, Queensland-grown Spotted Gum is sustainably-sourced through our supplier who holds FSC® and PEFC® with Chain of Custody accreditation. These internationally recognised accreditations ensure the timber has been sourced from responsibly managed forests.

Smoked Oak

Tait’s Canadian-grown Smoked Oak is sustainably-sourced through our supplier who holds FSC® accreditation. This internationally recognised accreditation ensures the timber has been sourced from responsibly managed forests.

Victorian Ash

Tait’s Victorian Ash is an Australian native timber grown in Queensland and is sustainably-sourced through our supplier who holds FSC® and PEFC® accreditation. These internationally recognised accreditation sensure the timber has been sourced from responsibly managed forests.

Aluminium

Aluminium is one of the world’s most recyclable materials, with 75% of the world’s aluminium containing recycled content. Aluminium is easily and endlessly reclaimed, recycled and reshaped. Tait also favours using aluminium in our collections for its high-performance anti-corrosive properties, particularly for use in close proximity to harsh coastal elements. Any wastage produced during Tait’s manufacturing process is recycled back into aluminium. Tait utilise aluminium produced to ISO 9001:2015 standards with SAI Global® accredited external auditing.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is one of the world’s most recycled materials, with 60% of the worlds stainless steel containing recycled content. Any stainless-steel wastage produced during Tait’s manufacturing process is recycled back into stainless steel. We utilise stainless steel which is produced to ISO 9001:2015 standards with SAI Global® accredited external auditing.

Steel

Steel is the world’s most recycled material, with 86% of the worlds steel containing recycled content. Any wastage produced during Tait’s manufacturing process is recycled back into steel. Tait utilise steel which is produced to EMS ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) standards, Greenstar accredited with the mill a member of the World Steel Association: Climate Action Programme.

Exterior-Grade Foams

Tait’s exterior-grade foams are 100% recyclable, CFC-free, use low VOC glues, and hold various accreditations including GECA, Greenstar, ANSI, AFRDI and EcoSpecifier. Any foam wastage is recycled into making other foam products such as carpet underlay.

Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC)

Selected for its extreme durability, long lifespan and ease of being formed and moulded, GRC is half the weight yet twice the strength of traditional concrete. It is for these reasons, Tait selected GRC for our urban landscape collection, Scape. In addition, our GRC also offers extreme UV resistance and fire resistance.

Tait’s GRC is manufactured in adherence with the Codes of Practice and National standards covering manufacture and performance of GRC as outlined by the International Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete association (GRCA) and meets European standards BS EN 1169: 1999:, BS EN 1170: 1998:, BS EN 14649: 2005, BS EN 15422: 2008 and BS EN 1169: 1999.

Compact Laminate

An extremely durable material, popular for use in cladding the exterior of buildings, Tait’s compact laminate offers one of the most durable and scratch resistant options for outdoor table tops. The compact laminate is sustainably-sourced through our supplier who holds FSC®, PEFC® and Nature Plus® accreditations. In addition, the compact laminate is manufactured to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and ISO 45001 (EN) standards and in accordance with EN 438-6 Type EDF, weather resistant to EN ISO 4892-2, lightfast acc. To EN ISO 4892-3, impact resistance EN ISO 170 and bending resistance EN ISO 178.

Glass

Tait’s glass is laminated for extra strength and durability and is manufactured in accordance with Australian Standards AS1288 and AS/NZ2208 in relation to toughening and laminating.

Marble

Tait’s marble is a completely natural material, containing no environmentally harmful compounds and is recyclable at the end of its life.

Porcelain

Tait’s porcelain has been externally tested and performs to the following ISO, EN and DIN standards: ISO13006, EN14411, ISO.10545-2, ISO.10545-3, DIN 51082, ISO.10545-4, ISO.10545-12, EN 101, ISO.10545-7, ISO.10545-8, ISO.10545-11, ISO.10545-9, ISO.10545-5, ISO.10545-14, ISO.10545-13, ISO.10545-17.

Foot Componentry

The feet and glides utilised on Tait’s products are made from extremely durable nylon or polypropylene which are both 100% recyclable.

FINISHES

Galvanisation

Tait offer the option to galvanise our metal frames which offers an added, almost impermeable layer  of protection and provides the highest form of corrosion resistance available. Tait partner with the southern hemisphere’s most sustainable hot-dipped galvanisation plant.

The plant conforms with Global GreenTag Cert™, Global Greentag Cert™ (Phd) Platinum rated PhD meeting the Indoor Air Quality, VOC emission requirements for Green Star®, LEED®, BREEAM® and the WELL™ Building Standard: Enhanced Material Safety Feature. The plant won the “2017 Victorian Premiers Award for Sustainability”, is a Green Building Council of Australia 2019-20 member and is a Take 2 Victorian climate change pledge member.

Timber Stain & Clear Coat

Tait’s treated timber stains and coats are completely water-based with almost all of the stains offering UV protection (except the Natural coat). Tait’s oil for Spotted Gum is Lanolin based and is derived from sheep’s wool

Anti-Graffiti Coating - Scape Collection

Tait’s anti-graffiti coating is available for application on the GRC base modules of our Scape collection. The coating is water-based, environmentally friendly, non-toxic, non-flammable, UV resistant and offers a non-sacrificial permanent graffiti-proof solution which lasts for many years.

PROCESSES

Electricity Use

Two thirds of Tait’s business locations operate on high powered solar. On average Tait produce 45.5Mwh of energy annually, equating to 480 tonnes in CO2 savings.

90% of Tait business locations operate on energy saving LED lighting.

Tait’s factory is fitted with motion sensors ensuring energy saving LED high bay lighting only used when required.

Abundant natural light in factory due to clear perspex ceiling panels, as a result artificial lighting is often not required.

Galvanisation

Most sustainable hot-dipped galvanisation (HDG) plant in the southern hemisphere. Galvanisation is the highest form of corrosion resistance, giving outdoor products the ultimate in durability and lifespan.

Enclosed pre-treatment area cleans acid from air and re-uses it in pre-treatment tanks to reduce waste and minimise water use.

Heat from furnace used to heat zinc in HDG bath is recycled and re-used to heat pre-treatment chemicals. A baghouse collects zinc fume emissions to reclaim zinc particulates.

All zinc ash and dross formed in process is recycled and re-used.

Water run-off is captured and re-used across site.

Enclosed pre-treatment area captures acid emissions in the air. Once collected these corrosive emissions are treated via a scrubber and exhaust clean air to atmosphere.

By heating and re-using chemicals, chemical usage and waste is reduced.

Demonstrable benefits to HDG supply chain on lower energy consumption, reduced chemical use and waste reduction.

Safety measures:
Enclosed pre-treatment zones, bunded areas and advanced plumbing systems minimise worker’s chemical exposure.

Equipment operates in safety zones and removes manual handling on the galvanising line to protect workers from injury.

Remote-control galvanising system control the angle and speed steel is dipped in the HDG bath for greater worker safety.

Sustainability Credentials:
2017 Victorian Premiers Award for Sustainability.

Conforms with Global GreenTagCert™.

Compliance with:
AS/NZS 4680:2006 & AS/NZS 2312.2:2014 for quality hot dip galvanised coatings.

AS 1627.1, AS 1627.4 & AS 1627.5 for preparation and pre-treatment of steel surfaces.

Green Building Council of Australia member 2019-2020.

Galvanisers plant innovation and EPD can contribute to points in the GBCA’s Design and As Built rating tool; for Sustainable Products, Lifecycle Assessment and Indoor Air Pollutants.

Global GreenTag® Product Health Declaration (PhD)

Platinum rated PhD meets the Indoor Air Quality, VOC emission requirements for Green Star®, LEED® & BREEAM® and the WELL™ Building Standard: Enhanced Material Safety Feature.

Take2 Pledge: Victoria’s Climate Change Pledge.

Pre-Treatment Aluminium

Pre-treatment of aluminium components performed in a concrete bunded area which prevents chemicals leaching into ground and ground water. Process assists with cleaning aluminium to provide better surface adhesion of powder coat and improved anti-corrosion.

Zinc Electroplating

Steel components electro-plated with blue passivate zinc to protect against corrosion. Plant complies with strict regulations under the Yarra Valley Water’s Hazardous Waste disposal requirements which achieves a very low rating of 2-3 ppm (required to fall under 10 ppm) due to preventative measures.

Powder Coating

The powder coating method provides greater health, safety and environmental outcomes than use of traditional solvent based paint methods.

Powder coating plant is compliant with Gas Safety Act 1997 as per testing by Energysafe Victoria conducted in 2019.

Only hot air emitted from oven. Zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) released into atmosphere.

Due to earthing of metal frames, 95% of powder utilised, remaining 5% extracted via air filtration system and may be re-used.

Manufacturing Waste

Tait embrace use of wide spectrum of variants in timber, greatly lowering timber rejection rates.

Timber offcuts and wastage donated to Mens Timber Sheds and similar organisations.

Metal wastage recycled via local metal recycling plant.

Foam wastage recycled and reconstituted into foam carpet underlay.

Heavy focus on research and development to achieve high material yields, preventing unnecessary raw material wastage.

Only hold required raw material stock in inventory.

Minimising Manufacturing Waste via the Lean Methodology:

Tait operate and train employees to facilitate the lean methodology, of which, the core principle is “to remove waste within an operation”. Lean waste can come in the form of time, material, labour, the utilisation of skillsets and poor planning. Tait have implemented and continually strive toward minimising the eight wastes of the lean manufacturing methodology, including; Defects, Excess Processing, Overproduction, Waiting, Inventory, Transportation, Motion and Non-utilised Talent.

Packaging & Logistics

Cardboard packaging manufactured from sustainably grown, reforested plantations and is 100% recyclable.

Plastic furniture bags produced from 100% recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable.

For local deliveries, Tait utilise re-useable blankets for protection, avoiding unnecessary packaging.

Almost all of Tait’s products are designed for disassembly, minimising resources required for packaging and freight logistics.

All truck loads are optimised for line haul.