Extraordinary alternatives...it’s been our motto since we opened in 1992. Back then,
sustainability wasn’t really a developed concept, but we were always aware of the
material choices we would offer, not only our customers, but our work force as well.
Although many of these items and practices required extra cost and implementation,
we had a feeling it would reap benefits in the end, and by default, we had developed
a highly sustainable line of products without changing gears; some like to say it
was a happy accident; I prefer extraordinary.
From NAUF (no added urea formaldehyde) substrates, to VOC (volatile organic compounds)
compliant finishes, we strive to produce the most eco friendly products possible.
All of our products can help contribute towards a healthier interior space, while
providing LEED credit in a variety of categories when applicable.
As a company, we have cultivated lean manufacturing principles and embraced automated
technologies which help contribute towards better material yields, less waste stream
production, and enhanced product performance. Scrap material is routinely converted
into small sections for our sampling program or recycled through a local facility.
With the help of our industrial partner, Midland Properties, our business collaborative
has established centralized cardboard and paper recycling throughout our facility,
for not only our business, but all other businesses in the building (our facility
is a 1920’s flat iron style warehouse; 550,000 sq. Ft. with over 30 companies). Our
new showroom opening this summer (2009) will feature fluorescent and LED spot lighting
exclusively and is promoted through web based and electronic media only; and we are
proud to say that our inside quoting system is now paperless with all incoming faxes
converted to pdf before they arrive, and outgoing quotes sent and stored electronically.
It doesn’t stop there; if you are outside our Chicagoland area, we have partnered
with EA logistics, the premier green transportation leader in the US to move all
of our shipments. In addition to the list below, we have launched an exclusive
program with EA to pick up all of your packaging and crating material (after you
are finished unpacking) from a shipment, and return it to a local recycling center
(this service does require an additional fee and is optional).
The Delivered GrEAn by EA Logistics Program gives you the following eco-responsible
actions at no upcharge to you.
- We compute emissions and provide you reforestation offsets to neutralize the CO2
emissions from your shipments
- We use biodiesel in our company truck fleet and encourage biodiesel use from our
vendors (where available)
- We find ways to reduce freight CO2 emissions by reducing freight trips (this saves
- We have the highest score possible in EPA's SmartWay fleet efficiency program
- We encourage our vendors to adopt responsible practices in their operations
- We require no-idle at our facility and from our drivers, and we enforce drive speed
rules to reduce consumption