Environmentally Friendly? Eco-sustainable? What does it all mean? With so many different global & local standards, it can get confusing, but we think we’ve found the most “environmentally friendly” cabinetry in UK.
Wood is the most important raw material for Aesthetix. If we were to allow the Exploitation of forests, we would endanger our own existence over the long term. All of our wood supply comes from EGGER, XYLO Cleaf and LUX Eliment, one of the pioneer brands in wood work industry. They have recognized the importance of environment management. Forest is an air filter, an animal habitat and a recreational area for people. We are convinced that cascading use of wood is the method of choice. This involves using wood within products, recycling and using it again, until it has no further use other than as a source of energy. And only then should it be burnt. We support the demand to establish this principle and are participating in campaigns such as the “Wood Action Day” of the European panel federation and “Stop burning our trees” campaign of the timber industry in England. The goal is to boost awareness of the sustainable use of our resources among politicians and the general public.
What is the timber industry doing to combat climate change? Industrial log wood, sawmill by-products and carefully selected and pre-sorted recycled wood are all suitable for the production of chipboard. Wood that cannot be used in materials contributes to the production process as a renewable energy source.
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An example in Hexham (UK) reflects the the culture of sustainable cycles on a small scale: Reed
purification pond cleans up to
2,100m³ of waste water per day, in addition to providing a habitat for plants and animals, including frogs.
When considering what makes an environmentally friendly product, there are three main areas to consider – what it is made of, how it is made, and what emissions does it have after it is made. Our cabinetry is produced in a facility which is solar powered & made from recycled material so there is no impact to the environment in the manufacturing process.
But what about the emissions which are omitted into the home for years after the cabinetry is installed?
It’s pretty much all about formaldehyde. In general, formaldehyde, the substance used in the production of adhesives and resins which are in turn used in the processing of wood panels (MDF and chipboard), is released into the surrounding environment in gas form for the duration of the life of the cabinetry. In consideration of human health, this emission is regulated by specific standards and legislation in many countries around the world.
In UK the current limit for domestic use is set at 0.1 ppm (part per million), categorized as E1. This categorisation originates from an Act published in Germany in 1986 to regulate formaldehyde emissions and remains the level European manufactures must comply with today. The definition states : “… It is strictly prohibited to release wood-based products onto the market if they originally had an air balance concentration exceeding the value set out by law, i.e. 0.1 ppm (or 1 mg/liter)”. From that moment on, 1 mg/litre became the standard for all panel manufacturers.
There is however a standard over 3 times higher than this categorisation. The Super E Zero and the Japanese classification “F 4 stars” classifications are currently the most stringent standard in the world governing formaldehyde emission. These standards state that emissions must be no great than 0.3 mg/litre, which is more than 3 times more stringent than the E1 / E zero classification. All the panels we provide comply with these highest of all standards across the planet. Of course in addition we offer materials which have no emissions at all, like wood, glass, aluminium and our water based lacquer, but for the cases where resin is required in manufacturing process, you can be sure our products comply with the most rigorous standards in environmental protection law.
Not only that, any emissions resulting from the transport, are more than compensated for by planting forestry trees.
So, in summary, the combination of eco-friendly structures made from recycled material and a solar powered production facility (which cares for the environment), and adherence to the highest standards of emission regulation (which cares for our health). Like nature, we organise our processes in cycles that conserve resources, we think we’ve got the most environmentally friendly cabinetry in Uk!