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HOUSE OF SLIM

Inspired by Timeless Photographs
and Design Nostalgia

Thoughtfully curated elements, paying homage to eras past, define House Of Slim's core identity as a considered and intimate furniture brand. Their mission is to create a small line that collaborates with artisans and incorporates natural elements, with a primary focus on designing pieces that can be cherished in the home for generations. In an era dominated by mass consumption, House Of Slim aims to provide an alternative shopping experience for the home, advocating for investing in pieces that withstand the test of time.

Sustainability Profile • Updated May 2024 by The Punch Team

"We realize the need to protect our planet and to take advantage of the gifts we have been given, to work towards being of service to others."

The Yoga Barn

SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT

House of Slim has established a partnership with a community-focused quarry and factory, which meticulously documents and implements several measures throughout their business operations:

• Implementing new technologies as they become available and proven to reduce waste of raw materials

• As it becomes available, efficient machines and technologies are introduced to minimize energy uses

• Used parts of machines and consumables are recycled

• Besides mandatory requirement to manage soil erosion, management actively plants trees surrounding the quarry hills to prevent soil erosion polluting the river system

• Excessive soils during mining process are given free of charge to local villages for faming or building houses

• Processes in place for recycling water

MINIMIZING CARBON EMISSIONS

Their factory proactively replaces old machines with more energy-efficient ones as they become available. Over the last four years, they have replaced all diesel-powered old air compressors with energy-efficient electric air compressors. In addition to planting trees on-site, their factory has extended their efforts to their neighboring community by planting 750 hectares of mountain area.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

In a time dominated by mass consumption, House of Slim aims to offer a distinct approach for the home, advocating for investing in pieces designed to endure over the years. All House of Slim pieces are crafted in their most natural form, utilizing raw, earth-based elements sourced locally in Indonesia. Chapter I of their collection focuses on the elements of Onyx and Marble. Emphasizing intentional purchasing, House of Slim maintains a small buy-in to each order to minimize overstocking and landfill waste. Any excess waste generated during the manufacturing process is carefully repurposed. This surplus material is donated free of charge to local villagers, who can transform it into handicraft pieces or utilize it for calcium production.

LOCAL & EQUAL EMPLOYMENT

Staff members at all partner factories are recruited locally, emphasizing a commitment to community support. The management consistently offers training programs locally, with additional opportunities for training available in larger cities as needed. They actively promote staff attendance at both local and international trade shows to stay informed about industry trends and technologies and facilitate skill development. Moreover, the factory collaborates with local training colleges, offering dedicated students valuable opportunities to learn and gain practical experience under the guidance of a skilled team.

The majority of employees at their partner factory receive wages above the award rate. Mining and engineering managers are allocated company cars for their convenience, and the factory provides a bus service for daily transportation to and from the vicinity for all staff members. As a gesture of appreciation, all staff members are provided with daily meals when working overtime.

LOCAL & SUSTAINABLE SOURCING

They set out to create a line that harmonized with artisans and localized natural elements in their home of Indonesia. Their Chapter I collection focuses on elements sourced and crafted from Central Indonesia by local villagers in their direct community.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

The Waste Management initiatives are developed and maintained by local staff members. Being from the local villages, they have a greater understanding and creativity on how any waste can be utilized by their community.

Excess waste from the stones are re-purposed in a multitude of ways. Firstly, excess can be turned into paste which is donated to the local community to help patch or build their houses and community places of worship. Excess stones are also donated to the local villagers to craft into smaller handicrafts to on-sell to make a living for themselves and their families. A local villager recently paid for his sons University Tuition from on-selling excess stones which were donated, which 100% of the sale was kept by the local community member.

House of Slim has a strict zero policy on plastic. All products are packaged and shipped using natural packaging alternatives, that can be recycled or re-purposed after the last mile delivery.

ENERGY & WATER CONSERVATION

Due to the nature of the production process, House of Slim takes advantage of natural daylight and open studios. The factory was designed to see enough sunlight through the production studios, where no electric lightings are required during daytime hours. On site, there is a rain water catchment pond to enable water conversation.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT & GUIDANCE

The factory supports its local community in many forms. All of the waste stones are donated to local villagers, free of charge – with many of the recipients breaking the larger stones on site and supplying in smaller portions to either local crafters, or local calcium producers. One significant story is an individual who has been breaking these stones for the last 40 years and has provided his children with Masters degrees from doing so. The factory also provides financial assistance for staff and their family members for further education, as well as assistance in building credit profiles and better financing terms directly from the banks to the staff members. The factory provides practical work experience opportunities to the local colleges, as well as financial assistance for staff and their family members to further their education.