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 Trains 12 Staff to be Internal Auditors
Spec Seating with More Recycled Content!
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.
Spec Joins Partners in Project Green
Partners in Project Green is a growing community of businesses working together to improve the sustainability of their operations by creating an internationally-recognized ‘eco-business zone’ around Toronto Pearson Airport. Through new forms of business-to-business collaboration, Partners in Project Green delivers programming that helps businesses reduce energy and resource costs, uncover new business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a green and cost-effective manner. www.partnersinprojectgreen.com
Spec Helps Turn Waste into Fashion
Spec™ is donating scrap fabric to two fashion companies, Echoes in the Attic and Mari Cla Ro. These companies create hand-made handbags made of one of a kind fabric combinations, eco-consciously created from reclaimed fabrics. So far these companies have helped Spec divert over 1,500lbs of scrap fabric.
Spec's New UV Tunnel
The installation of Spec’s new UV Finish line was completed this month. The new system uses water based stains and water based UV top coat to create a finish that has dramatically lower emissions than standard solvent based finishes.
Our leading edge UV tunnel is very unique in that it allows Spec to finish complex shapes like wood arms and seat backs not normally curable by other UV tunnels. The UV curing process involves the use of high intensity Ultra-violet lights to cure the finish.
Spec Creates an "Integrated Management System" aka "IMS"
Spec's ongoing pursuit to achieve higher levels of standards has brought them to the creation of an "Integrated Management System". Spec's IMS combines ISO 9001 (A Quality Management System), BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard (aka "level"), ISO 14001 (An Environmental Management System), and OHSAS 18001 (A Health & Safety Management System). The IMS works like a company wide "User's Manual" in the form of a website. The website is designed to work like a multi-level flow chart detailing the inter-relationships of every department, with links to department process diagrams, work instructions, forms and workbooks related to the four different standards.
Tote Bags For Everyone!
Spec™ now makes reusable tote bags from left over fabric. This diverts scrap fabric from landfill. Look for them from your local Spec sales representative! This effort will contribute to Spec achieving it's goal of diverting 100% of it's waste by 2020.
Lighting Retrofit Complete
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.
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.