Exploring Sustainable Practices

Insights from Orangebox, MillerKnoll & Rawside

Explore insights from industry leaders Orangebox, MillerKnoll, and Rawside on sustainable manufacturing practices. Join us in driving change towards a greener future with 'Industry EcoConnect' by Sketch Studios.

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Tim Forster

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Tim Forster


As part of Sketch Studios' ongoing commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices, we've embarked on a journey of discovery, visiting industry leaders who share our values and ethos. Our Sustainable Manufacturing Network, Industry EcoConnect, aims to foster a community of like-minded organisations dedicated to environmental responsibility. Let's delve into the insights gathered from our recent visits to Orangebox, MillerKnoll, and Rawside, highlighting the commendable practices observed at each organisation.


Orangebox, a subsidiary of the broader Steelcase group, showcases a commitment to maintaining its long-held family values while striving for continuous improvement. Their initiatives span various aspects of eco-friendly production, including material sourcing, energy conservation, community engagement, and worker welfare:

  • Material Sourcing and Waste Management: Orangebox's commitment to sustainability begins with their approach to material sourcing and waste management. By prioritising reusability and seeking sustainable alternatives in product design, they not only reduce their environmental footprint but also set a precedent for eco-friendly manufacturing practices within the industry.
  • Energy Conservation: Their proactive approach to energy conservation is evident in their plans to install solar panels at their Cardiff site. This initiative not only demonstrates their commitment to reducing reliance on conventional energy sources but also underscores their dedication to energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.
  • Community Engagement: Orangebox goes beyond the confines of their manufacturing operations by actively engaging with the local community. Initiatives like 'Orangefest' and partnerships with local charities not only contribute to community wellbeing but also foster a sense of social responsibility among employees, creating a positive impact beyond the workplace.
  • Worker Welfare: Orangebox prioritises the wellbeing of their employees through various initiatives, including feedback channels and the implementation of a 4-day workweek. By fostering an environment of openness and support, they not only enhance employee satisfaction but also promote a culture of collaboration and mutual respect within their organisation.


MillerKnoll's unwavering dedication to employee wellbeing and environmental sustainability shines through their innovative practices and community involvement, setting a high standard for corporate social responsibility in the manufacturing sector.

  • Energy Efficiency: MillerKnoll's commitment to energy efficiency is reflected in their use of solar panels at their Regional HQ in Melksham to offset energy consumption. Achieving a remarkable 90% recycling rate further underscores their dedication to waste reduction and environmental sustainability.
  • Community Involvement: Engagement with the community goes beyond environmental considerations to encompass initiatives like the 'Day of Purpose.' By actively participating in such activities, they not only demonstrate their commitment to social responsibility but also contribute to building stronger, more resilient communities.
  • Worker Engagement: MillerKnoll values the input of their employees and provides avenues for staff to voice their opinions and ideas through feedback boards. This culture of transparency and collaboration not only empowers employees but also fosters a sense of ownership and belonging within the organisation, driving innovation and continuous improvement.


Rawside's innovative approach and steadfast commitment to sustainability position them as frontrunners in the field of eco-friendly manufacturing. Their focus on local sourcing, employee relations, and future growth initiatives exemplifies their dedication to sustainable practices and continuous improvement, as demonstrated by their B Corp Certification.

  • Material Sourcing and Production: Emphasis on local sourcing and on-site production minimises their environmental impact. By prioritising UK-sourced materials, Rawside not only reduce transportation-related carbon emissions but also promote sustainable practices throughout their supply chain.
  • Employee Relations: Rawside fosters a nurturing work environment where open dialogue and employee input are valued. By creating a culture of collaboration and mutual respect, they not only enhance employee satisfaction and retention but also harness the collective creativity and expertise of their workforce to drive innovation and sustainable growth.
  • Future Growth: Rawside's commitment to sustainable growth is evident in their plans for in-house metalwork and exploration of solar energy options. By investing in renewable energy solutions and expanding their capabilities in environmentally friendly production processes, they not only future-proof their business but also contribute to shaping a greener, more sustainable future for the manufacturing industry.

These site visits reaffirm our belief in the power of collaboration and knowledge-sharing to drive sustainable change. By learning from industry leaders like Orangebox, MillerKnoll, and Rawside, we gain valuable insights to enhance our own practices. Together, through initiatives like 'Industry EcoConnect,' we can propel the manufacturing sector towards a greener, more sustainable future.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about how you can be a part of the network and contribute to our collective efforts towards a brighter, more sustainable future.

Published on

March 4, 2024