It's been a while now since mankind had no choice but to kill animals to survive (i.e. eat and keep warm).
With the plethora of natural fabrics and more recently wonderful technical fabrics available we no longer need to skin animals to clothe ourselves or furnish our homes.
Leather production shares a common misconception with dairy: that it is incidental to the meat industry. In other words, it is often assumed that leather is a mere byproduct of meat and that purchasing and wearing leather does not contribute to a brutal industry and a profoundly immoral institution. This is a false assumption. Not only is leather highly profitable for the meat industry, much of the leather sold worldwide comes from animals killed primarily for their skins.
Many people are already familiar with the brutality involved in factory farming, but these industry standards only compound the immorality of killing an animal for our completely unnecessary and frivolous purposes.
At Casa e Jardim we have decided not to use natural leather in any of our furniture products including sofas. This decision was not taken lightly. Many clients want leather and we almost certainly lose a few sales because of our stance. However we feel deeply on this subject. Already we are waking up to major potential global calamities including climate change and single use plastic usage. It's time to care better for the animals that we needlessly create, abuse and torture.
Consider fabrics over leather for your sofa choice. Not only is it a sustainable choice but it is a far more suitable choice using the modern fabrics available.
The quality of the furniture we sell dictates the use of high quality and abundant packaging. This is partly for cosmetic appearance but mainly to protect the fragile contents during shipping.
Our policy is to deliver our furniture still in it's main shipping packaging and unwrap at the final client destination.
This packaging is removed by us and then stringently recycled in an effort to reduce plastic pollution and landfill.
That wood is good is virtually a foregone conclusion. For thousands of years, wood has been used as a building material and the fact is wood has huge environmental benefits over other building products. It is completely biodegradable, works as an effective insulator, and is 100 percent renewable. As Pritzker Prize winner Glenn Murcutt, one of Australia’s most notable architects and May ’09 AIA Gold Medalist put it, “One of the few sustainable materials is timber (wood). Steel and aluminum require more energy to produce. They should be used sparingly.”
At Casa e Jardim we supply furniture from manufacturers that adhere to the principles of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Companies such as:
Animal welfare and your health ... our commitment
Our designs are not available in leather.
We are very close to achieving our goal of 0% feather use in our sofas.
The future will reject the consumption of animal products.
Casa e Jardim is pioneering in the production and retailing of upholstered furniture by adopting this measure and thus renouncing a market share for the benefit of animals and consumer health.
Being socially responsible is one of the core values of our company, and our philosophy is improvement of the environment, the care of your health, and fair treatment of the animals with whom we share this planet.
You will find that many of the products, in particular fabrics, sold at Casa & Jardim carry the EU EcoLabel.
Established in 1992 and recognised across Europe and worldwide, the EU Ecolabel is a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle: from raw material extraction, to production, distribution and disposal. The EU Ecolabel promotes the circular economy by encouraging producers to generate less waste and CO2 during the manufacturing process. The EU Ecolabel criteria also encourages companies to develop products that are durable, easy to repair and recycle.
The EU Ecolabel criteria provide exigent guidelines for companies looking to lower their environmental impact and guarantee the efficiency of their environmental actions through third party controls. Furthermore, many companies turn to the EU Ecolabel criteria for guidance on eco-friendly best practices when developing their product lines.
Beautiful Furniture, Curtains and Soft Furnishings, at Competitive Prices, on Portugal's Algarve.
‘…it’s like a mini John Lewis on the Algarve’. G.P. Tunbridge Wells
Casa e Jardim, Lda.,
Sitio da Cascalheira, 556A
Tel (00351) 289 393 532 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel (00351) 910 029 337
09.30 -18.30 Monday to Friday.
We can open any other time by appointment.