Earlier this year, our LOOK kitchen by Italian designer Michele Marcon won the 2017 Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award.
The Green Good Design rewards a new kind of design thinking based on the ideals of energy conservation; the reduction of toxic waste and greenhouse gases; the diminishing dependence on fossil fuels; and a sensitivity for waste, pollution, and the depletion of the world's energy resources. These are all things that Snaidero USA (a member of the United States Green Building Council) and Snaidero (our manufacturer in Italy) have long been committed to.
Let’s take a closer look at our daily practices for environmental sustainability.
A GREEN MINDSET IN DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING
We see sustainable growth as an opportunity rather than a restriction. The opportunity to provide for the needs of the present without compromising the possibility of future generations to do the same. So, we look beyond standards and certifications to make sure our design and manufacturing choices preserve the planet’s natural resources and safeguard people’s health.
REDUCING THE IMPACT TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Since 1999, Snaidero has managed to reduce:
- water consumption by over 70%
- the quantity of non-recyclable solid waste by over 90%
- fossil fuels consumption by over 85%
- CO2 emissions by over 1,440 tons per year
In addition, Snaidero achieves significant energy savings by:
- using only high-performance, low-consumption LED lights for its kitchens
- adopting photovoltaic panels and high efficiency motors at its manufacturing plant.
In 2003, Snaidero became one of the first companies in its sector to obtain the ISO 14001 certification; an international standard that determines the company’s ability to deal with exceptional events and emergencies that may cause harmful consequences for the environment.
RESPONSIBLE MATERIAL SELECTION
The Snaidero kitchen cabinets use chipboard panels made from 100% post-consumer wood, certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) as being 100% Recycled. Once all the quality checks have been completed, the material is subjected to a further process, selection and cleaning, which means separating the wood from any foreign material.
The result is a truly “ecological” panel able to match the solidity, compactness, resistance to deformation and long life of equivalent products made from virgin wood – but at a much, much lower environmental cost.
ELIMINATION OF TOXIC MATERIALS
Most kitchen cabinets and furnishings use solvent-based coatings, which release toxic substances for a long time even after they have dried. To solve this problem, Snaidero has long replaced these coatings with water-based ones. This has helped reduce the emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) by 95%, resulting in a safer product for the workers’ and consumers’ health.
In addition, the company has:
- eliminated the use of pigments containing heavy metals in its lacquer finishes
- adopted low formaldehyde emitting glues and resins for its wood panels.
The emission levels are less than a half of that set by the LFE E1 international certification, whose maximum emission level of 0.14 is lower than the 0.18 standard of the California Air Resources Board.