If you are an art lover who appreciates the value of work by human hands, you will agree that mother nature is the most remarkable artist of them all. Nevertheless, the beauty of the surrounding natural landscape will not last forever unless we as a species take steps to safeguard the environment. As a company, MORE Mannequins takes this issue very seriously, which is why we have developed 3 new mannequin production technologies that will contribute to implementing our sustainable development strategy!
Caring for the planet with our sustainable development strategy
The first step to making a positive change in your life is to take care of yourself and your surroundings,
– says Konrad Szafirowski, the founder of MORE Mannequins. That is why our company has implemented an advanced strategy of sustainable development. The Action Plan for 2019-2023 aims to implement significant changes to the environment, and is composed of five pillars:
- Eco Office
- ZERO PLASTIC Packaging
- ECO Materials
- LEASE & REUSE
- RECYCLING of Mannequins.
Most of the proposed solutions have already been implemented. We use a photovoltaic system as well as a heat pump for our office. Our company was the first in the industry to develop durable packaging material for mannequins without using foil or other non-biodegradable materials. We provide our clients with a pioneering model of long-term mannequin rental, which allows them to be used by multiple owners. To us, ecology goes beyond a slogan to real values, based upon which we build our business.
Ecological innovation with 3 new production materials
The basis for our work towards the protection of the environment is the production of environmentally friendly mannequins. As a consequence, we started working with new materials a few months ago. Our activities have resulted in 3 new proposals for raw materials that will be used in production processes. Konrad Szafirowski points out that these solutions are not only more ecological, but also better from a quality standpoint.
The following 3 new mannequin production technologies have been introduced:
- PET bottles and corn – recycled, processed PET bottles are used as fibers and materials, while biodegradable resin is generated from corn.
- Paper and rice – products are made from raffia paper and rice flour glue, which makes them extremely durable. Paper mannequins are composed of up to 8 layers that are adhered together with rice glue. Paper or traditional varnish can be used as the final coating. What is the difference between them? If the outer covering is made of paper then customers will notice the technology, which is of particular importance to companies that emphasize environmental awareness. Covering the last layer with a traditional varnish will in no way affect the sustainability of the product, but the technology used will not be visible to the viewer.
- Paper and corn – in this case we also use raffia paper, and the outer layer may be covered with varnish or left uncovered. In contrast to Paper and Rice Powder, we use biodegradable corn resin in addition to traditional paper.
Aside from the materials used, how else do the discussed technologies differ? The founder of MORE Mannequins, Konrad Szafirowski, explains:
While the functions of these three products are identical, the scale of the order has a great deal to do with their performance. Depending on how many mannequins will be made – a few dozen or perhaps hundreds – we choose the most appropriate technology. We also consider the purpose of the mannequins themselves so that we can offer our clients the best option after talking and discussing their requirements.
In addition, depending on the technology employed, the mannequins may differ slightly in weight and appearance (if there are the outer layers without varnish coating, as described in the cases of Paper and rice or Paper and corn).
Which solutions have we used (and are we using) in the production of mannequins?
Alternative solutions for innovative technologies include more traditional materials such as ABS or PE. They are also ecological since they are part of a circular economy. The downside is that they are not as cost-efficient as our proprietary solutions. PET bottles and corn, paper and rice, as well as paper and corn technologies are therefore definitely more environmentally friendly and advantageous to customers who appreciate the highest level of craftsmanship.
Konrad Szafirowski explains that quality is the most important aspect for MORE Mannequins.
I often advise customers to purchase fewer mannequins but of higher quality materials, rather than rely on mere quantitative criteria alone. It is more likely that inferior-quality products will be exploited, requiring their replacement sooner rather than later. However, such action is neither ecologically nor economically beneficial for the client.
Ecology – this is what the world needs!
We at MORE Mannequins are constantly looking for more sustainable production methods, and we are doing so for the sake of the environment. FRP glass fiber is one of the most commonly used materials in the industry. There are several disadvantages to this method, including the use of silica, glass mats, and polyester resin, which are very toxic. Due to their inability to be fully recycled, these materials cannot be fully repurposed.
Paper and rice mannequins have a lower carbon footprint than their FRP counterparts by up to 90%. The use of recycled paper means that the entire products are composed entirely of natural elements. It is therefore possible, once a mannequin is worn out, to put it into waste paper, which can be reused for the production of paper or cardboard. Likewise, with PET bottle and corn as well as paper and corn technologies, used mannequins can be ground into building materials such as bricks after use. It is evident from these examples how environmentally friendly it is to use mannequins made from biodegradable materials. This is especially important for companies, such as those in the clothing industry, that are guided by values similar to those of MORE Mannequins,
says Konrad Szafirowski.
They often choose our products in order to be consistent with their environmental efforts. They are aware that the quality of workmanship on a mannequin does not only impact its durability and aesthetic values, but also its environmental impact.
Mannequins – innovation for the environment
The founder of More Mannequins is proud to say that we are one of the first companies in the industry to implement such solutions. Our attention to detail and dedication to perfection are the primary reasons for innovation and the desire to seek out the best solutions. It is crucial to combine functionality with aesthetics when creating mannequins. In addition to the visual appeal and high quality of our products, we also take into consideration environmental aspects. Each of us should be concerned about the environment, since only this way can we ensure that our planet remains a safe habitat for us all.