Spec™ has changed all metal wash to a phosphate-free based chemical. This initiative has reduced our natural gas consumption on the paint-line by one-third, as well as eliminating discharge of hazardous waste products into the environments.
Energy Reducing Initiatives
Looking to reduce our energy consumption, Spec™ has replaced our 60 HP Air Compressor with a 30HP Air Compressor. This initiative has reduced our electricity consumption for generating compressed by air by 50%, and has reduced overall electricity consumption for the entire operation by 6%!
NAUF Particle Board for Bedside Cabinets
Our customers now have the option to specify NAUF particle board for our Bedside cabinets. NAUF is an earth friendly core with no added urea formaldehyde .
Build Green Atlantic Conference
Spec™ showed off “What’s so green about Spec at the Build Green Atlantic Conference last Friday, May 31st. At the conference, Spec’s Jed McKie delivered a lecture on the BIFMA Sustainability Standard and level™ Certification. We had a great showing of Continuing Education students who were eager to learn about the green aspects of furniture.
Thank you to the Atlantic Green Building Council for giving us the opportunity to participate in this event, and for the wonderful donation made to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.
Thinking outside the Box (Literally)
To prevent damage to our Snowball chairs during the shipping process, Spec™ focused on developing new packaging solutions that offered stronger protection. The first proposed solution was to add more packaging material to protect the product, however this idea did not agree with our environmental goals. After experimenting with different concepts, we developed a solution that would maintain our low-waste packaging while still reducing quality issues.
Our solution was to change the way the package was handled, instead of increasing the packaging itself. We added handles to make it easier for shippers to lower the boxes to the ground, and Safety Warning Labels that would identify the weight of the product so shippers would not drop it.
After 3 months of implementing this new packaging, we have not had any quality issues with our Snowball chairs – and we didn’t have to increase packaging to accomplish this!
Make the Packaging Shrink
Spec™ wanted to prevent damage to our table tops during shipping while reducing the amount of bubble wrap and cardboard used during the process. We moved to using stretch wrap for our table top packaging, where we discovered that less was more. Not only did this require a considerably lesser amount of material, but it also allowed the person handling the pallet of tables to see what was in the package, changing the way shippers would handle the product. This solution has helped us toward reaching our Quality goals and in reducing our Environmental impact!
More options in 100% Recycled plastic
100% recycled plastic seat pans are now being used in Snowball Mid-size, Snowball Bariatric, Midway, and Gravity. Made from 100% recycled plastic (55% post-consumer), 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 landfills every year and it further aligns our products with LEED and BIFMA “level ®” standards.
Jed Presents a level CEU at METROCON Dallas
There was a great turn out of interior designers and architects at the BIFMA level CEU (Continuing Education Unit) that Jed presented on August 9th at METROCON in Dallas.
BIFMA level is becoming THE green certification in the contract furniture industry. To learn more about level or to enquire about having Jed present the BIFMA level CEU in your neck of the woods, you can call him at 416 246 5540 extension 255 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainable Manufacturing Partnership Consortium
A sustainability consortium is a facilitated team of organizations with a focus and commitment to attaining world class environmental sustainability through people and process improvements.
The Sustainable Manufacturing Consortium brings together manufacturers from across the province to work together on driving sustainability quicker, deeper and at a lower-cost into each participating organization.
Members of the Sustainable Manufacturing Consortium include: Powersmiths, Filamat, Velcro Canada, KIK Custom Products, Research In Motion, SCJohnson, RuggedCom, ABS Friction, SPEC Furniture®, Tremco, Voith Hydro, Nestlé.
Supporting Earth Day
Spec™ employees were proud to join over one billion people around the world by taking part in the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day. The best form of leadership is by example, so we gave the area surrounding our headquarters and manufacturing facility a thorough environmental cleanup.