For over 40 years, Spacefile International Corp. has been committed to producing high quality products that add value to the office environment. We have always worked hard to minimize waste throughout the product life cycle. Spacefile is working towards an environment where our factory is accident free, creates zero waste and uses energy in highly efficient ways.
Spacefile has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the green building practices and principles in LEED®. The LEED® Canada Initiative is the Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) effort, in collaboration with the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC), to develop the next generation of the green building rating system.
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As of November 2011 Spacefile’s steel storage products have been awarded the coveted GREENGUARD Certification for low chemical emissions. The GREENGUARD standards are internationally recognized voluntary standards, which establish stringent criteria for low-emitting products (including building materials, finishes, furnishings, cleaning products and electronic equipment) to help create healthier indoor environments. Find out more about the GREENGUARD Certification here.
In order to best manage the progress of our environmental efforts,
Spacefile has established a company-wide program called Sustainability@Spacefile.
Listed below are the primary goals of the Sustainability@Spacefile program.
These long-term goals may be refined and enhanced by Spacefile as we learn more.
- Eliminate waste.
- Eliminate harmful emissions.
- Create closed-loop processes so that every Spacefile product can be recycled at the end of its life cycle.
- Integrate sustainability into Spacefile's culture so that opportunities for change and improvement come from all areas of the business.
- Provide education and resources for all departments and facilities to continually
improve our environmental performance.
- Share knowledge, ideas, and resources with our employees, our customers and our business partners.
- Use our environmental performance metrics as an informational support tool for
day-to-day and long-term business decision-making.
Spacefile designs and manufactures products to provide long-lasting and environmentally safe operations. The following accomplishments and activities have helped Spacefile create a culture of continuous improvement.
Spacefile provides environmental education and resources for all departments and facilities to continually improve and participate in our environmental performance.
Spacefile has a cross-functional team dedicated to maintaining and improving our environmental management system.
Spacefile uses environmental performance metrics as an informational support tool for day-to-day and long-term business decision-making.
Recycling is embraced throughout Spacefile's organization through the purchase of some recycled and recyclable materials, as well as the implementation of recycling programs for not only plant packaging materials but also the bottles, cans, and paper generated by office personnel.
All copy paper that is purchased for use at Spacefile is made from recycled content.
Spacefile actively recycles scrap paper, and blue recycling receptacles can be found at every desk and copier at the corporate office.
Spacefile also recycles our old computers, monitors, and toner cartridges.
During product development, we always consider the environmental and health effects of a product.
The Green areas that we concentrate on are:
Efficient use of materials to minimize waste.
Use of renewable and recyclable materials whenever it is possible to do so without compromising product performance and quality standards.
Phasing out materials and chemical substances which can have a negative impact on the environment.
All of our skids are reused by either our suppliers or by Spacefile.
Spacefile purchases sheet metal with an average of 35% recycled content. All excess scrap steel is used for our paint sample program and/or
picked up by a recycling vendor to be reprocessed.
Spacefile metal parts are painted using electrostatic powder coat paint. Powder paints are extremely durable and have negligible VOC content compared to traditional liquid paints. With the electrostatic process and special spray guns, little powder paint waste is generated. Some of our paint lines even reclaim the powder paint waste to use again on future products.
Because our main method of shipping is direct drop shipment to the customer, Spacefile often eliminates the intermediary in the shipping of products to the destination. This alleviates the need for a number of different trucks hauling the same products. The result is that Spacefile helps reduce fuel usage, inefficient miles per gallon, and equipment wear and tear.
Spacefile schedulers and dock personnel work in cooperation with shipping companies to utilize the maximum amount of truck space available. By reducing the number of trucks on the road, Spacefile saves on fuel usage and equipment wear and tear. Methods utilized to increase space capacity include order and destination consolidation as well as palletizing, shrink wrapping, and bulk packaging. Spacefile uses packaging materials that can be easily recycled and/or reused, such as corrugated cardboard and wood crates/pallets.
Spacefile's shipping team ensures that product packaging is tight and sturdy so that the product makes it to the final destination in perfect condition with the least amount of freight cost possible.
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