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 your 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 AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Our standard particle board used for our cabinet case construction meets the Composite Panel Association (CPA) Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) specification CPA 2-06 for low formaldehyde levels. The level is extremely low, and satisfies the stringent 2010 California Air Resource Board & EPA requirements for low formaldehyde emissions.
The same particle board core material also meets the same EPP specification for being manufactured with 100% fiber that’s recycled, recovered or both. This is recycled wood, and it’s put to good use. This material is also harvested and milled within 500 miles of our factory, reducing transportation and fuel consumption.
Over 65% of the hardwoods we use for door and drawer faces are certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program such as SFI, American Tree Farm System and the Canadian Standards Association.
- KCMA: Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association - www.kcma.org
- ESP: Environmental Stewardship Program - www.kcma.org/certifications/environmental-stewardship
- SFI: The Sustainable Forest Initiative - www.aboutsfi.org
- FSC: Forest Stewardship Council - us.fsc.org
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES, CONSERVATION, & AIR QUALITY
Waste management is a huge part of our responsible holistic approach. Each year we recycled over 2 tons of cardboard scrap, 30 tons of wood waste and 1,000 tons of sawdust. These are all materials that did not end up in landfills. Over 3,700 gallons of solvent were recycled from our wood finishing products last year and in doing so, our system converted that 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 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.
As a responsible builder of fine cabinetry, we have become stewards of our community, locally and beyond. We participate, physically and financially, in local outreach programs such as Habitat for Humanity and Vine Maple Place. We help build young lives with involvement in the Eagles Wings Youth Camp in Latvia. Through our association with Agros International, we sponsor and regularly send work teams to La Esperanza, a remote village in El Salvador; where we are helping build hope into the lives of families.
We view green manufacturing not as just the management and protection of our natural resources, but also the investment in the people of our company, the local community, and the world beyond.