Unique handmade products
A natural material
The raw material for Mateus ceramics is a fine-grained clay extracted from the soil in the central and northern parts of Portugal. The natural clay is ground and mixed with clean water before it is used. Mateus ceramics do not contain any toxic heavy metals such as lead or cadmium and meet the high standards for tableware set by the US Food and Drug Administration, FDA.
At the factory, the skilled craftsmen work in a good and regularly checked work environment. All the water used is cleaned in the factory's own treatment plant. Broken pieces and excess ceramic is transformed into powder to be reused in construction. The finished ceramics are packed in recycled materials for transport.
Ceramics for generations to come
It is important for Mateus that the growing e-commerce burden the environment as little as possible. All plastic has been cleaned out of our webshop. Instead of bubble plastic, the ceramics are packed in a shock-absorbing paper packaging and the plastic tape is replaced with paper tape.
But Mateus' most important environmental effort is to create ceramics that continue to spread joy at the table, year after year. All new parts are designed to be combined with older parts. Over time, they become your own, personal Mateus collection.
Transport is an inevitable part of Mateus' business. We work consistently to make our logistic chain sustainable. An important piece of the puzzle is to choose logistic partners who are knowledgeable and dedicated to sustainability themselves.
To transport our ceramics to stores, Mateus collaborates with the transport companies DHL and Agility. Both follow international environmental and health standards and have environmental policies that govern the operation. DHL helps its customers understand and reduce their own environmental impact, tailor sustainable transport solutions and compensate by investing in climate protection projects. The company's goal is for greenhouse gas emissions to be down to zero in 2050.
The growing e-commerce has also led to an increase in transport to our customers. PostNord, which supplies our ceramics in Sweden, has reduced its emissions by 32 per cent since 2009. The company's objective is to reduce emissions by 40 per cent by 2020 by increasing the proportion of rail transport and investing in electric vehicles and energy efficiency improvements.
Why Mateus ceramics is a good environmental choice
- The clay is a natural material. It is extracted locally and does not contain any environmental toxins
- Manufacturing takes place in Portugal, which means short transport routes within the EU
- The working environment in the factory is good, and regularly checked
- The water used in manufacturing is cleaned and excess materials are reused
- Mateus cooperates with transport companies that strive for reduced emissions
- All plastic, including packaging, has been cleaned out of the web shop
- All new products are designed to fit together with older collections