Find out who makes Finarte products, where are they made and what are they made of.
Finarte’s heart and soul are in recycled materials. Finarte’s co-founder, Eija Rasinmäki has used upcycled cotton in her design work since 1970. Still to this date all of Finarte’s cotton is either recycled or upcycled (the only exception is the warp of Hilla and Suovilla rugs, which is GOTS certified new cotton). Some designs contain PET from recycled plastic bottles. Finarte also uses Indian sari dress leftovers and other off-cuts, like upcycled leather scraps.
Best materials are the ones that already exist
Finarte’s business has always been strongly tied to using recycled or upcycled materials. Taking care of the resources of the world is a vital value for us, and that’s why we aim to minimize the amount of waste. We’ve always believed that already existing materials are the best materials there are, right from our start in 1985.
Our cooperating company Induskleed is using even the smallest textile waste amounts: the cuttings from our rugs that are woven from recycled materials. These materials, that could be considered to be two times upcycled, are used in rugs such as Martta. All kind of textile waste is used in these rugs – jute, cotton, saris and baib straws.
Printed rugs and cotton textile products are made from recycled cotton that is first crushed and then spun into a new yarn. Naturally, the company is using all of its cotton textile waste as a material of new yarn.
Some of our products contain recycled polyester or rPET. We never use new polyester or other plastic based fibesr in our textiles. Still, we use upcycled polyester from textile industry’s left-overs and PET which is from recycled plastic bottles, because we want to reduce waste to landfills.
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- 62% from all products
- all cotton recycled or upcycled
- Raw material source: from cotton recycling centers in India
1 kg recycled cotton rug saves 11 000 litres of water from our globes resources– and this is one of the reasons we’re using recycled cotton instead of virgin one.
Most of our cotton rugs are woven from upcycled cotton in a town called Biswan. Upcycled cotton thread we use is mostly the cutting-edges of giant textile rolls, also known as selvedge.
The print rugs, for example those designed by Saana ja Olli, are woven from recycled yarn. That’s a process whereby material that is derived from cut-offs, scraps and leftovers from the clothing industry, is shredded into fibers and then re-spun into new yarn. This process takes place in a town called Panipat, which is known as the “recycling hub” of North India.
- 13% of total production
- Sourced from New Zealand, India and Saudi-Arabia
- Mulesing free
- Traceability to supplier, certified
Wool is natural fiber from sheeps. Wool has excellent characteristics and is thus a great material for rugs: it is soft, dirt repellent, durable and warm. We use certified, mulesing-free wool from New Zealand, Saudi-Arabia and locally from India.
We are always looking for recycled alternatives for virgin wool, but at the moment the quality and supply for recycled wool does not meet our quality requirements.
- 2 % of total production
- locally sourced (India)
- traceability to supplier
Jute is a long and soft vegetable fiber that grows to its’ full length in only 120 days. Jute can be grown without pesticides or fertilizers. The water footprint of jute is also quite small as jute is grown in monsoon climate areas and is thus rain-fed. For these reasons, jute is one of the most ecological natural materials available.
The jute Finarte is using is from India, nearby from where our jute rugs are woven by the local artisans. All jute rugs are climate friendly – they emit less than 5kg of carbon dioxide.
- 0,5% of total production
- recycled PET: derived from recycled plastic bottles
- Local supply (India)
- Traceable to supplier
PET stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate, the material of which plastic bottles are made of. This material is both strong and lightweight, but also 100 % recyclable. Recycled PET is made in a process where the bottles are crushed into small bits and then reformed into yarn.
Viscose is a shiny yarn derived from eucalyptus trees through a chemical process.
- 1 % of total production
- sourced locally (India)
- traceability to supplier
- all polyester is upcycled
- source: from textile recycling centers in India
We never use new polyester in our products. Upcycled polyester we use is mostly from the cutting-edges of giant textile rolls (selvage). This selvage material is leftover material that textile industry produces.
- Rug underlay 4,3%
- Made in China
Over 62% of Finarte’s raw materials are recycled
Using natural, recycled and upcycled materials has the biggest impact of our operations. Natural materials such as cotton, jute, baib and wool have better quality, are long-lasting, do not release microplastics to the air and are biodegradable or otherwise easier to recycle. When these raw materials come from recycled sources, we double the benefit: the textile waste does not end up in landfills and it reused with a new, upgraded purpose.
In autumn of 2019 we launched the first part of our carbon emission survey. We surveyed the carbon dioxide emissions of the materials we use in our products.
On average, the raw material needed for a 140×200 sized rug emits 42,35 kg of CO2 that is equivalent to 285 kilometres with a fossil fueled car or 42 litres of milk. Recycled material is always the most sustainable option. Why? Read the full carbon emission report here.
Next, we are aiming to find out our emissions from production and shipping in order to find more envinronmentally friendly solutions.
We save on average 35% carbon emissions by using recycled material
Transport and packaging
As Finarte is producing products in India while its headquarter is located in Finland, we must be aware of the environmental impacts our shipping may and is causing.
At the moment we are using sea freight for our shipping from India to Finland. We only use full, 20″ shipping containers. For Finarte, efficency on quantity is the key when choosing the shipping method – we rather get products shipped less often in clubbed shipments, than new products constantly in only half-full containers. Only samples and some custom-made orders are delivered by air.
Finarte’s headquarters and stock is located in Kotka, Finland. All website and wholesale orders are shipped from there using Posti, which provides carbon neutral Posti Green services to all of their domestic freight and parcel services.
All Finarte products are packed in partly recycled plastic bags to prevent them from getting damages while being stored or shipped. This way we are able to minimize our product spoilage. All plastics we use are recyclable.
At the moment, recycled plastic is not fully used because low quality of available recycled plastic (currently it doesn’t withstand long transportation). We are finding new sources for recycled plastic continuously. We aim to use only recycled plastic by the year 2022.
Finarte’s production takes place in several towns in India. We want to be near our materials, and as Finarte uses recycled and upcycled materials, it’s a logical choice keeping our production in India where the textile industry and its textile waste is.
We have worked with the same cooperation partners for many years: Induskleed since 1991 (formerly Madhu), Indian Art Gallery since 1999 and Vardhman Creations from 2001. All of our associates have founded schools in their own district and are a part of either Care & Fair Foundation or GoodWeave. They all have a highly respected SA8000 or BSCI certificate.
We only have a selected few partners, because we appreciate reliable, long-term partners who have the competence and understanding that is required. All our contractors must sign a Code of Conduct that adheres also to their subcontractors.
In line with industry practice our cooperation companies are allowed to use subcontract cooperation. Our Code of Conduct involves the whole supply chain, also these cooperation companies.
Our contractors obey local laws and international agreements, such as the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our mission is to exceed these norms, not just adhere to them.
All employees are of working age, no child labour is ever used.
From below, you can find all our cooperation partners in India, see their location, certificates and the products they are making for Finarte.
– IAG produces all Finarte’s wool rugs, printed cotton rugs, Tie-rugs and viscose rugs.
– 37,1% of all Finarte’s products
– IAG employs 150 persons directly – all of them are involved in making Finarte’s products.
– Certificates: SA8000, ISO-14001, OHSAS-18001, ISO 9001, ISO 50001
– Part of Care&Fair organization which fights against child labor.
– IAG is running a school and provides dress, books & free education to 400-450 students incorporation with Inhouse Group, Norway.
Indian Art Gallery
Chauri Rd, Bhadoni
Uttar Pradesh 221401
– Induskleed produces all Finarte’s cotton rugs (excl. printed cotton rugs and Tie-rugs which are produced by Indian Art Gallery)
– 32,8% of all Finarte’s products
– 130 direct empolyees
– Certificates: BSCI
– Part of GoodWeave organization which fights against child labor
Indus Kleed Pvt Export Ltd
Amar Nagar, Biswan,
Uttar Pradesh 261201
– Vardman produces Finarte’s Harvest-rugs, Saana ja Olli throws and cushion covers
– 6,4% of all Finarte’s products
– Employs 250 people directly in their Panipat units, of which 50 people work with Finarte products
– Sertifikaatit: SA8000, ISO-14001, ISO 9001, Oeko-tex standard 100 for new cotton
Plot No. 487-488
Barhi, District Sonipat-131101
– Sungwing produced all Finarte’s anti-slip rug underlays.
– 4,3% of all Finarte’s products
– Sungwing employs 139 persons directly – aprox 20 of them are involved in making Finarte’s products.
– Certificates: REACH
Sungwing Industries Limited
Bldg. 2, Win-world Originality Industrial Park,
No. 6 Guang Hua Dong Jie,
We only work with a few selected partners
Finarte has been producing rugs in India since 1991. For Finarte, there’s no possibility to move production away from India – more than 500 families are directly or indirectly connected with Finarte. We feel we are socially and financially responsible for these people.
The founders of Finarte, Eija Rasinmäki and Erkki Immonen, have since 1991 visited India at least twice a year and the Immonen-Rasinmäki family lived in India for a number of years. Naturally, this cooperation with our production partners has also become a friendship. Through this friendship it has been possible to create partnerships that extend over normal requirements – where both parties work towards not only fair environments, but also better and more sustainable products.. We believe that working continuosly together with the same partners creates liaison that is benefitting the community as a whole and all stakeholders.
Read more about our story as told by the second generation, current CEO Larissa Immonen:
Spreading education and sharing know-how
Teaching, training and spreading knowhow of weaving has always been an integral part of our company culture and work in India. In 2014-2016, we carried out an extensive training program supported by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Finnpartnership). In this training, Finarte taught different weaving techniques to the employees of Induskleed. The purpose was to increase the education and know-how so high that they can train their own employees and create new skills and possibilities for many families around the area.
All of Finarte’s direct associates have founded schools in their own district to create improved opportunities for often rural and undereducated communities. For example, Induskleed has partnered with two schools – one for girls on elemantary level that is free of charge and one with higher education that creates possibilites for young people in Biswan area to aim for university education, thus creating a platform for improvement through education.
Sustainablity is a never-ending process
We believe sustainability is an ongoing process and transparency requires constant improvement. We are constantly searching for new ways to improve our practices to make more sustainable choices, such as cut our emissions, empower women and vulnerable groups in India and make the employees of our cooperation companies feel more secure – both financially and socially.
Small steps will eventually lead to big impacts. Here are some steps we have recently taken and will continue to do:
- Planning a new to recycle and reuse textiles and rugs. POA ready by end of 2020
- Using only recycled plastic or alternatives to plastic in product packaging by 2022
- Improve the cradle-to-cradle process in our products and processes
What we’ve been working on recently:
And of course, using recycled materials since 1985.