Environmental Transformations Green Literature

two Throughout Mouser Cabinetry’s history, ownership and management have been committed to conservation of resources and protection of the environment. Since 2000, our corporate commitment to “green manufacturing” has been expressed through several important environmentally responsible programs and initiatives. • Lean Manufacturing processes were implemented to effectively improve production efficiencies, reduce material waste and control energy consumption. • Mouser Cabinetry became a certified member of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s Environmental Stewardship Program and continues to meet or exceed the environmental standards established by this industry organization. • The company has established and expanded recycling programs for paper, plastic, aluminum, cardboard, metal, packaging material, solvents, and wood waste. • Sustainable products, such as bamboo, foils, laminates, and reconstituted veneers, have been added to the Mouser cabinet lines. • Implementation of the Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative, which promotes the continual search for materials and processes designed to conserve resources, protect the environment and improve our way of life. KCMA Environmental Stewardship Program Mouser Cabinetry will continue opportunities to improve air quality and emissions, utilize sustainable products, reduce material waste, increase recycling efforts, and demonstrate good corporate citizenship toward the community in which we operate. We will hold our suppliers and vendors to the same high standards we employ, and we will educate those who are less active in environmental stewardship programs. An Ongoing Commitment to Environmental Improvement The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA), an industry leader in environmental accountability, introduced the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) to establish standards and monitor progress for responsible and sustainable cabinet manufacturing. In 2006 Mouser Cabinetry completed the initial certification process and became an active member of the KCMA Environmental Stewardship Program. Annually,MouserCabinetrygoes througha rigorousESPcertification process with a cumulative score requirement across five important categories of evaluation. The five categories of compliance are: • Air Quality - Reduction in the emission of hazardous air pollutants (HAP’s). • Product Resource Management - Use of recycled and sustainable products. • Process Resource Management - Establishing and documenting recycling, waste management, and energy conservation programs. • Environmental Stewardship - Documented commitment to environmental quality and the review of vendor practices and policies. • Community Relations - Demonstrate community involvement through service and/or charitable organizations.