Sustainability | Maya Romanoff

Maya Romanoff

Maya Romanoff Extraordinary Surfacing Materials


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Maya’s long‑standing commitment to Eastern philosophy has greatly influenced our company’s respect for materials. The majority of our work has always been considered “green”. We produce many of our wallcoverings by hand in our Chicago studio and consequently have a great deal of control over what goes into the products we sell and how our employees are treated. Maya Romanoff strives to use natural and sustainable materials, work only with factories that are clean and treat their workers fairly, and purchase materials from local sources wherever possible.

Our manufacturing techniques produce very little effluent. We use water‑based colorants, adhesives and finishes.

We have made dramatic improvements in processing waste produced by our Chicago manufacturing facility: water‑based effluents undergo a three‑step filtration process resulting in non‑hazardous wastewater; solids extracted from wastewater are non‑hazardous and are dried completely and disposed of responsibly.

We use the minimum amount of material to produce maximum effect: our Mother of Pearl™, genuine metals, wood veneers, and mica wallcoverings are constructed from the thinnest possible layers of material and, as such, have long been considered green alternatives to their traditional, bulkier counterparts.

Wherever possible we source goods and services indigenous to the relevant manufacturing locale.

Over 50% of our products are manufactured or finished in the USA, including top selling lines such as Beadazzled Flexible Glass Bead Wallcovering® Collection, Mother of Pearl™ Wall Tiles, Weathered Walls™, Maya Romanoff 54™ Type II vinyls and hand‑painted vinyls.

We have reduced, and continue to seek ways to minimize, the excessive use of packing materials.

Our goal is to create a safe, clean and pleasant atmosphere for our employees and artisans. We strive to work wih the best manufacturers in the world who treat their employees with the same respect.

Products made outside the USA are often hand‑made by artisans who live in impoverished areas, thus stimulating local economies.

Maya Romanoff contributes to Aid to Artisans. Aid to Artisans is a nonprofit organization that offers practical assistance to artisan groups in developing nations; working in partnerships to foster artistic traditions, cultural vitality, improved livelihoods and community well‑being. Through collaboration in product development, business skills training and development of new markets, Aid to Artisans provides sustainable economic and social benefits for craftspeople in an environmentally sensitive and culturally respectful manner.

Through the Specifying with Care program, a percentage of all sales of our Roger Thomas and David Rockwell Collection is donated to DIFFA.