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As a pioneer of Nordic design, Iittala embraces the essence of Nordic living. It’s about functional and refined aesthetics along with a deep respect for the progressive ideas and Nordic values that shape our way of life.
At Iittala, we are committed to creating a sustainable future. This starts with our design—we don’t just create beautiful objects, we believe in design that will stand the test of time.
As part of Fiskars Group, we promote change with three long term sustainability commitments:
• against throwaway culture
• for a carbon neutral future
• for increased joy
Read more about Fiskars Group’s sustainability report and Fiskars Group’s goals.
In the early years of modernism and functionalism, Finnish design pioneers like Alvar and Aino Aalto and Kaj Franck formed the foundation of Iittala’s design philosophy: to push boundaries and give people beauty and function. This thinking is what keeps Iittala forever relevant.
We continue to push boundaries by committing to a sustainable future, working with the best creative minds, investing in product development and thinking responsibly from the beginning of the design process, creating innovations, and by questioning familiar ways and experimenting with new opportunities.
We take a stand against throwaway culture with design that lasts and by developing circular solutions and services like our 100% recycled glass collection and our Vintage service, which extends the joy Iittala items bring and minimizes stress on the planet. We welcome you to join us.
Our recycled items are created with extra thoughtfulness for the planet. Every piece is made from 100% recycled glass materials produced from waste glass at the Iittala Glass Factory in Finland. Recycled glass saves natural resources, compared to production from virgin materials. The special manufacturing process makes each recycled item one of a kind as each piece showcases its own distinct colour, ranging from cool blues to calming greens and earthy neutrals.
Our aim is to reuse most of the waste glass from our glass factory as raw material for new products in the future. At the Iittala Glass Factory, waste glass is generated in the post processing of mouthblown glass, in the pouring of molten glass and in quality control. At our glass factory we’ve already reached the target that no waste glass is sent to landfill, but is re-used, as a raw material for the construction industry in the manufacture of insulation materials, and today as much waste glass as possible is also recycled to create items for the 100 % recycled glass collection.
As a result of the continuous research, revolutionary forms of design make their entrance as the recycled ceramic Teema mug sees the light of day in autumn 2022. Also, the Meno felt bags turn into 100% recycled polyester.
Read more and explore our recycled collection.
Building a sustainable future requires us all to work together. That means collaborating with industry experts, likeminded brands, NGOs and other partners with shared values to proactively address the systemic problems relating to our environmental health.
We want to create a positive impact on the quality of life for people and for the communities we work in. With our home in Finland, Iittala’s values are rooted in Nordic values of a good life. Equality, empowerment, wellbeing and life balance are at the heart of Iittala.