Stewards of our environment.
It’s not easy, but it’s the right thing to do and something we have been committed to for over 30 years. It’s an extension of our holistic approach to business. And we believe our business is about more than just cabinets and profits. We have refined our values to include a larger sense of purpose for our company and its effect on the world we live in.
Latitude Cabinets carries the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) seal of certification administered by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA). This certification assures you that we're dedicated to making sure more than just European style frameless cabinets last. The Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) recently earned approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited certification organization. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) now references ESP as their benchmark for cabinet standards.
Latitude Cabinets meets, or exceeds, the manufacturing criteria in the following categories:
- Control of air quality and emission levels
- Use of certified and sustainable materials
- Energy efficient manufacturing processes
- Waste and recycle management
- Social stewardship
- TSCA Title VI
SUSTAINABLE MATERIAL USAGE & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Materials used to manufacture our European style frameless cabinets meets the Composite Panel Association (CPA) & Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) specification for low formaldehyde levels. The level is extremely low, and satisfies the stringent TSCA Title V1 & EPA requirements for low formaldehyde emissions.
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES, CONSERVATION, & AIR QUALITY
Waste management is a huge part of our responsible holistic approach. Each year we recycled multiple tons of cardboard scrap, wood waste, and sawdust. These are all materials that did not end up in landfills. Also, thousands of gallons of solvent were recycled from our wood finishing products each year, converting it into reusable, clean solvent.
Energy conservation is achieved by using the latest wood working machine technology. Using the newest machinery increases productivity and capacity with less energy. And our eco-friendly dust collection system not only provides a clean air environment, it uses a computer controlled, variable frequency drive system that is programmed to run at the necessary capacity level that saves a considerable amount of electricity. And while it may seem like a small issue, we’ve even adapted our lighting to an efficiency level that earns us an energy rebate check.
Our state-of-the-art computerized flat line spray system used for applying the clear top coats reduces emissions by over 30%. And it incorporates a reclaim system that captures overspray, which is then used for a sealer coat. No waste.
We use Sherwin-Williams clear, catalyzed conversion varnish top coating. It has no measurable level of formaldehyde or hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and extremely low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Use of this top coat combined with our Cefla automated application system contributes to our exceptional air quality standards.