All the lighting at Spec's facility is replaced with energy efficient light bulbs and fixtures reducing lighting energy consumption by 60%, equivalent to taking 48 cars off the road, and increasing the amount of light by 44%. This retrofit not only saves the company money but it dramatically reduces our carbon footprint, thus reducing our negative impact on the planet by lowering our dependency on natural resources.
Lighting Retrofit Complete
Spec Donates Scrap Laminate to Colleges
Spec collects its unused sheets of laminate and scrap sizes bigger than 4' x 4' and puts them back in their inventory. Pieces that can't be used are donated to local colleges, Sheridan College and Humber College, who use the laminate in their furniture and mill-work classes.
New Bio-degradable Bags Used in Seat Packaging
Spec chose to use a new additive that makes our Low-Density Polyethylene bags bio-degrade in a landfill. The bags have 80% recycled content and are still 100% recyclable. The ink used for the label is water-based as opposed to solvent-based which creates harmful emissions. The large label facilitates recycling and educates users about the bag's composition and that it can be recycled (where facilities exist). We decided against a plant-based compostable plastic due to the current reality of construction sites most likely not having compost bins. Also, by using plastic that is 80% recycled we're getting closer to a Cradle-to-Cradle industrial system. We opted not to use Oxo-degradable bags due to the debate that they are not truly biodegradable.
Spec Receives Green Award
Donald Taylor and Reg Bernard, VP's of Spec , featured in the Ontario publication "Think Green", accept the award of a Certificate of Recognition for Spec for being a Champion of Green from the Government of Ontario.
Reclaimed Paint System Implemented
Overspray powder from our paint line is collected and mixed to create a dark grey color which is used to paint unseen parts. This reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
BIFMA Announces New Product Certification Program
BIFMA International, the trade association for the commercial furniture industry, representing the leading firms in the contract furniture market, announces the introduction of the product certification program, level®. For more information on the level® program, go to www.levelcertified.org
Spec is Featured in the Think Green Report
The Green Report is a Government of Ontario report which promotes the effective management practices of CEOs, presidents and owners of Ontario's innovative, high-performance firms.
Spec has Worms!
Spec starts to compost its food waste using an indoor vermicomposter (worm composter). Worms break down the food waste into nutrient rich soil for gardens. For more information on Vermicomposting go to www.cathyscomposters.com
Earth Day at Spec
On Earth Day every employee was given a stainless steel water bottle. This allowed us to eliminate the paper cups used for the water cooler and it dramatically decreased the purchasing of disposable water bottles that would other wise be thrown out. Spruce tree seedlings were also given out to employees for their homes. Spec employees took time to clean up the outside property.
New Waste Management System Implemented
Besides steel, aluminum and cardboard; particle board, solid wood, PVC Edging, and consumer recyclables are now being recycled. This has increased our waste diversion from landfill from 7% to 75%. Spec has set a goal of 100% diversion by the year 2020.