This annual spring clean-up event which began as a small company tree planting in Loll’s first year of operation has now grown to include multiple businesses and volunteers. Dubbed “Clean Yer Creek” the event consists of volunteers gathering hundreds of pounds of trash out of multiple creeks and planting trees along the creek beds. Spearheaded by Loll Designs, but with the help of many other local businesses, the aim is to protect the water quality of Lake Superior and enhance our local ecosystem. With the growth of this event, the hope is to also spread awareness on the importance of environmental stewardship in our community.
Seeking to align with the sustainability mission of the event, each year instead of using plastic bags, grain bags from a local brewery, Bent Paddle are reused to collect the garbage. Additionally Duluth City Parks partners with us for the event, and any items that can be recycled, like metal shrapnel, bikes, tires, etc are taken to the recycling facility. We also consult the City Forester on which tree varieties are optimal, considering their success against animals and climate changes. Our aim is to ensure they are planted in regions that can address erosion and that they receive the correct protection like fencing and tree buds to sustain their survival. To further encourage participation and foster a sense of community, a local restaurant donates food and a brewery donates event space so volunteers can convene and share experiences after the event.See creeks cleaned and photos from past years.
Recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
All Loll outdoor furniture is made with recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE), one of the most commonly used plastics in the U.S. Because of its longevity, durability and lack of maintenance, HDPE is used in countless practical applications, such as food containers, outdoor playground equipment, cutting boards, bathroom partitions, and boat cabinetry. Loll’s recycled material is sourced primarily from single-use milk jug containers.
Post-consumer and post-industrial content
Post-consumer content is is a material that has been used by consumers and diverted or recovered from waste destined for a landfill. Post-industrial content (also called pre-consumer content) is scrap that has been diverted or recovered during the manufacturing process. Colored material, which makes up the majority of our products, is post-consumer recycled HDPE sourced mainly from single-use milk jugs. The black material in our products is post-industrial recycled HDPE. An estimated eight recycled milk jugs are used in every pound of weight in a Loll chair.
Recycled – and recyclable
In making our modern outdoor furniture, we generate waste, too. But, more than 95 percent of the waste from Loll’s manufacturing process is sent to a local recycling plant where it is recycled again. From the HDPE plastic to the aluminum inserts and stainless steel fasteners, Loll furniture is all recyclable. Through our material reutilization program, customers can send products or parts back to us, and we’ll ensure all the materials are properly recycled and don’t end up in a landfill.
Loll’s material is nonporous and will not collect dirt internally. All Loll HDPE material is colored with pigments that are added during the process of extruding the sheet. Colors are not a surface application but are consistent all the way through the material. All material has a UV package added with the pigment to reduce the effects of the sun and help to deter fading. White, black and darker colors resist fading more than lighter colors.
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute works with companies to set them on a path of continuous improvement, prioritizing the environment and human health. With many certifications out there, and with even more of them being self-declared, we felt Cradle to Cradle® was the one to pursue in that it demanded third-party verification. Moreover they provide a comprehensive overview of your company, evaluating you on five categories including material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.
Upon being thoroughly investigated in these five categories, we attained an overall Cradle to Cradle Certified SILVER™ rating for 84% of our product line. Earning Cradle to Cradle SILVER rating in the material health category means the material makeup of our products have undergone a complete review of their human and environmental health characteristics, and have been deemed acceptable or preferable. In addition to providing product traceability, this certification also provides legitimacy for the many social and environmental pursuits we do for our employees and the community. To read more about Loll’s Cradle to Cradle to certification, please see our blog post.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
Cradle to Cradle® is a registered trademark of MBDC.
We donate annually 1% of the gross sales from all pieces in the Lollygagger Collection to charitable groups.
Loll is proud member of 1% for the Planet, a global movement of companies donating at least 1% of their annual net revenues to environmental organizations worldwide. A member since 2008, Loll is grateful to be a part of this alliance of businesses financially committed to positive environmental change.
At Loll, we think globally and act locally with our donations. A big thanks goes out to the groups listed below for their earnest environmental efforts, but also to our customers who make our donations possible in the most significant way.
Manufactured in Duluth, MN
Loll purchases materials from the USA to manufacture our products in the USA. This means we reduce shipping distances to our facility. Many products made in China actually start their life in the USA as raw material shipped to China to be manufactured. Then, they are shipped back to the USA as finished goods for distribution. By purchasing products from Loll and other companies who also manufacture in the USA, you help local U.S. economies. For that, we thank you.