Date: June 12, 2017
Today’s consumers are becoming more conscious of where they spend their money, as examples, choosing organic foods, electric cars, and products made from recycled materials. More and more consumers are using their dollars to support products and brands that align with their social beliefs, which often include a commitment to environmentally-friendly, sustainable manufacturing.
Consumer surveys show that:
- 90% of consumers expect companies to do more than make a profit, but also operate responsibly to address social and environmental issues.
- 84% of consumers say they seek out responsible products whenever possible.
- 72% believe their purchases make a moderate-to-significant positive impact on social or environmental issues.
We know that more than ever before our customers want to be educated not only about the quality of our products, but also about the process by which they are made and how that process impacts the environment. Which is why we have made a commitment to crafting eco-friendly garage doors, utilizing materials and manufacturing methods that preserve the Earth’s natural resources.
Supporting Responsible Forest Management
The first step in our sustainable manufacturing process is using lumber that has been sustainably managed and has been legally and responsibly harvested.
The Red Grandis wood that we use in much of our garage door manufacturing is Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified by an independent third party that certifies each stage of the production chain on the basis on environmental, social, and economic requirements. This ensures that the lumber we purchase:
- prevents overlogging
- protects at-risk species
- protects rivers and streams
- minimizes erosion from roads
- conserves vulnerable habitats
- supports community rights
Sustainable forest management ensures that there is a balance between meeting the demand for wood and forest products and maintaining the health and diversity of our forests. While many consumers believe that avoiding wood products will save the Earth’s resources, quite the opposite is true. When landowners have a dependable market for responsibly grown lumber, they are encouraged to maintain, sustainably manage, and renew this valuable resource instead of selling it for development or other non-forest uses.
Nothing Goes to Waste
Beyond the raw materials we source, we make great efforts in-house to reuse and recycle as much as possible. All of the scraps of cut lumber from our manufacturing process are bundled and recycled. We even go as far as collecting sawdust with internal vacuums to be reused. Additionally, we recycle the leftover cardboard, vinyl, and steel used in our facility.