New Snowball Seat Pan

Jul 2011

A new 2 piece seat pan has been developed for standard width Snowball chairs. The new pan has a smooth surface, is easier to install and gives the chair a more finished look. Made from the same 100% recycled plastic (55% post-consumer) as the old pan, it is free of toxic byproducts and any manufacturing waste is returned to the process. Spec’s recycled plastic seat pan enables us to divert over 60 tons of waste from landfill every year and it further aligns standard width Snowballs with LEED and BIFMA “level ®” standards.

 

2MM Bio Edge

Jul 2011

At NeoCon 2011, Spec introduced its new bio polymer edge.
This 2mm edge has a bio-based content of 88% that is made from rapidly renewable corn. The portion of the corn used is a waste bi-product and therefore not taken from food stock. Contains no hazardous chemicals and emits no toxic VOC's and is recyclable.

This new 2MM edge may contribute to LEED credit MR-CR6 Rapidly Renewable Materials. 2mm edge has the impact durability of PVC with a profile similar to self edge.

Level® Certified

Jun 2011

Spec products have been level® certified by an independent, third party audit firm to conform to the BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard.

level® goes far beyond indoor air quality and takes into account how a product is sustainable from multiple perspectives, such as a company's social actions, energy usage, material selection and human and ecosystem impacts.

BIFMA International is the recognized leader in developing standards for the North American office and institutional furniture industry.

If we can be of assistance in any manner, our LEED certified Design/Engineering Team is ready to help. Call us! We can even come to you with a level® CEU course!

 

Fabric Ordering Reduction

May 2011

In November of 2010, a special team was created to reduce the amount of fabric Spec orders. Although most of the usable scrap fabric is diverted from landfill, it was identified as a huge cost savings. From January to the end of April, Spec has saved over $30,000.00.

Earth Day at Spec

Apr 2011

On April 21st, employees took time to help clean up the property at 165 City View Drive. Teams were split into recyclable, wood scrap and garbage details. As a result, teams have been put in place to do regular cleanups through out the year.

Energy Retrofit of the Paintline

Mar 2011

The retrofit of the Powder Coating Paintline was finished at the end of March. Spec expects to see a dramatic reduction in heat loss and in natural gas consumption in the range of 40%.

Spec Teams up with Waste to Wonder

May 2010

Waste to Wonder provides a unique service for managing redundant corporate assets in the most socially and environmentally responsible way. Waste to Wonder turns corporate waste, into an opportunity not only benefiting the environment, local and international non-for-profit organizations but also your organization and customers. Choosing Waste to Wonder's Environmental Management Process to redistribute, recycle and report on removed corporate assets provides the environmental solution to both enhance your brand and company value. Waste to Wonder is cost competitive with traditional ways of disposal, yet enables you to create a return on investment for something that was initially considered waste. Waste to Wonder is currently available throughout Canada and has plans for expansion across the United States within the next two years.
www.wastetowonder.com

Waste Reduction is Waste Prevention

Apr 2010

Partners in Project Green is a growing community of businesses working together to green their bottom line by creating an internationally recognized eco-business zone around Toronto Pearson. Attached is the case study that was done on Spec's environmental commitment.

Spec Trains 12 Staff to be Internal Auditors

Apr 2010

Spec trained 12 Spec employees for 1 week each to be internal auditors. With the creation of Spec's Integrated Management System (IMS), which combines OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety Management System), ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) and BIFMA "level" (Furniture Sustainability Standard), the need for internal audit expertise to maintain the implementation of this system is that much more important.

Spec Seating with More Recycled Content!

Mar 2010

Standard width Snowball and Cooper seats are now made with re-engineered recycled plastic seat pans. The new material is made from 100% recycled material, of which 55% is from post-consumer plastics. The new seat pan is free of toxic by-products, and any waste generated by the process is put back into the manufacturing of more recycled plastic seats. By switching to the new seat Spec is diverting almost 122,000 lbs of waste from landfills each year, an amount that would have taken up more than 400 cubic yards of landfill space. As a result of this new seat, the Snowball standard width chairs are further aligned with LEED and BIFMA "level®" standards.

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