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Materials

-- recycled PET-bottles

In 2021, we introduced new foils to our laminate fronts – containing a minimum of 12 recycled PET bottles per front. This marks a significant milestone in our efforts to provide products made from recycled materials and reduce our environmental impact. By recycling plastic bottles, we can help reduce the large amount of plastic waste in the world - and every little effort matters. 

Our biggest challenge was developing this new foil from recycled PET bottles, all while maintaining the quality, affordability, and durability of our products. Because emphasizing recycled materials shouldn’t limit your options or increase your costs when buying a new kitchen.

Green kitchen drawer with integrated handles

In 2023, Kvik has given 6.501.287 plastic bottles a new life within the kitchen industry!

-- recycled MDF

Did you know we were the first Danish kitchen company to use recycled MDF in our kitchens?

Embracing recycled MDF in our kitchen designs was a groundbreaking choice we made to help us lower our impact. But it wasn’t without challenges. Crafting an attractive, durable design using 100% recycled MDF proved impractical -- so we learned that a combination of recycled and virgin materials was the way to go.

Our MDF-based products containing recycled MDF are made from a combination of virgin wood fibers on the outer surface of the panel for the best visual look, while the inner core of the panel is made from recycled wood fibres. It’s a harmonious blend that reflects our commitment to both quality and lowering our impact. 

A kitchen with good intentions

-- Chipboard

We strive to increase the amount of recycled materials in our products – also among our chipboard products.

We actively work with our suppliers to set higher standards, aiming to reduce our environmental impact. Chipboard plays a crucial role in this effort. Its climate impact is among the lowest of our materials due to its energy-efficient production process and reduced binder material requirements. While chipboard lacks the strength of solid wood or MDF, it remains an affordable and reliable choice. But don’t worry -- our kitchen designs containing chipboard, both virgin and recycled, come with the exact same extended warranties, as we carefully test them to ensure lasting quality. 

A kitchen with good intentions

-- is made from certified wood

You just need one look, a single touch – and you’ll understand why so many kitchen buyers still swear by solid wood worktops.

You simply won’t get a warmer and more natural atmosphere from any other material. And you can take pleasure in the fact that every piece of wood in your worktop comes from certified responsible forestry. In 2013 we started using the first certified wood in our products. And since 2020 all wood is sourced from certified forestry.

This means that both flora and fauna are protected optimally, new trees are planted at (at least) the same rate as the fully-grown trees are felled – and the forest workers are paid a fair wage and have safe working conditions. 

In 2023, Kvik used 8.564 tons of recycled wood in our products!

A kitchen with good intentions

-- is okay with not being perfect

Whether it is MDF, chipboard, or plastics, we have learned throughout this journey that 100% recycled is not necessarily the ideal solution. By opting for robust, resilient materials, we ensure that our kitchens withstand wear, tear, and daily use. Through experimenting we have learned that a durable kitchen designed for prolonged lifetime should be balanced in a blend of virgin materials with recycled materials.

A kitchen with good intentions

-- wants to look good. Also in 10 years

We acknowledge that designing kitchens for prolonged lifetime is the key to reducing our climate footprint. When the materials in our kitchens last longer, there’s less need for frequent replacements, reducing waste and minimizing the environmental impact throughout the kitchen's lifecycle. Which is exactly why the choice of materials plays a significant role in the durability of our kitchens.

Although we always strive to use recycled materials, creating a durable product that does not comprise with the quality, design and cost of your kitchen is not a simple task. That is why we try to mix recycled materials with virgin materials, so you can get Danish design at surprisingly low prices without compromising with the durability of the products containing recycled materials. 

A kitchen with good intentions

-- likes a good facelift

You can also take an active role in minimising the overall impact when you need a new kitchen. One way is to revitalise your kitchen by upcycling - whether it's changing cabinet fronts, a new worktop or adding personal touches. This approach not only extends the kitchen’s lifespan but also reduces the environmental footprint compared to a full kitchen replacement. This way, you can enjoy your upgraded kitchen for years to come.