CEO Erik Johnson joined EPA administrator Lisa
Jackson for a day-long roundtable discussion about
the future of clean technologies in Los Angeles;
he also is traveling to Washington, D.C., to meet with
administration members to further discussions.
DVUV, based in Cleveland, started two programs in January to increase and improve the
sustainability of its operations. “Our first objective was to increase first-pass production quality,
which in turn reduces the amount of defective
products. The second program was to implement a
total recycling program to reduce the waste stream
impact of all company generated wastes,” says
Rebecca Rutherford, marketing manager. DVUV
teamed up with a local greenhouse and fruit
grower that recycles the company’s waste into
organic mulch and compost. The same firm also
recycles DVUV’s non-compostable waste materials. DVUV estimates that scrap and waste material
have been reduced by 75 percent compared to the
adhesives over the past five years and prior to
this conversion employed it in 60 to 65 percent
of the company’s production. Naturally occurring
trace levels of formaldehyde are present in all
organic materials including wood, but States says
that its laminating adhesives will not add to those
levels. States’ Elemental brand will be used to designate products as No-Added-Formaldehyde.
of Portland, through PAVE’s intership program.
Nicholes will help the manufacturer explore green
options domestically and collaborate with G+B’s
China-based procurement team for sourcing sustainable options overseas. Nicholes, who wrote
his thesis on sustainable materials, will among
other things focus on locating green alternatives to
PVC edgebanding, more environmentally friendly
glues, and hardware alternatives that eliminate
the need for glue.
States Industries, a Eugene, Ore.-based manufacturer of decorative hardwood plywood, has converted 100 percent of the company’s production
to the use of soy-based, formaldehyde-free resins.
States has steadily increased the use of soy-based
Grand+Benedicts, based in Portland, Ore., recently
centralized worldwide materials in the company’s
Design Resource Library. To expedite the search
for more sustainable materials available in Asia,
G+B added to its team intern Ben Nicholes, a
senior in industrial design at the Art Institute
Gemini Inc., based in Cannon Falls, Minn., uses
cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) plastic in the
manufacture of its trim and injection-molded sign
letters. Unlike other plastics that are petroleum-based, CAB is a wood- and cotton-fiber-based
plastic that is completely recyclable. Gemini
also recycles 45 to 50 percent of the acrylic the
company uses for flat-cut letters and logos, and
extrudes it with virgin resins into high-quality
sheets. In addition, all scrap or trim generated
in the production of cast or flat-cut metal letters
is melted down and used for cast letters. Excess
aluminum used in the core of trim products is provided to recyclers for use in other aluminum products including soda cans; the CAB plastic is reused
into Gemini’s own extruded CAB sheets.
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