GROF USA Environmental Statement

 GROF USA believes companies and manufacturers from all industries need to work fast and effectively in creating methods to reach a stage of sustainability and help reduce the impact humanity has over our planet, that is why we pick carefully not only the best manufacturers in regards of quality and responsibility to create partnership with but also and more importantly the ones that are continuously working to be sustainable and environmentally friendly by been active on recycling policies, using non-polluted materials and processes, taking care of our forests and being certified by national and International Organizations to ensure their actions are being aligned with world guidelines. That way we ensure that our products are helping to improve the live of our customers but also contribute to have a healthy planet.

Our Interior Doors Manufacturer is in the beautiful town of Monticello Conte Otto town near Vicenza in Italy. As they care about maintaining the surrounding nature they live with, one of their accomplishments was successfully getting the ISO 14001:2015 certification which is given to organizations that manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic way contributing to the environmental pillar of sustainability. We are proud to represent them in DC Metro Area and bring their green Interior Doors to our community. You can look at their certification in this link: https://www.barausse.com/en/download-area/certification/

Located in Casoli Town, province of Teramo, Aran Cucine is a green manufacturer focused and committed to the environment and the protection of social and ethical values of the forests with the FSC ® - C007444 (Forest Stewardship Council) ® certification.

Besides improving its own business management and contributing to the protection of the environment, the company has a responsible behavior and has concretely helped in a rational use of the world natural resources.

The FSC

The FSC Controlled Wood Standard requires the certificate holders that use Controlled Wood to mitigate the risk of using wood products from undesirable sources in FSC-labeled products. Mitigation must be implemented when the risk of sourcing from the following types of forests is great than 'low' (as assessed in FSC risk assessments):

 

  • Illegally harvested forests
  • Forests that were harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights
  • Forests where High Conservation Values are threatened by management activities
  • Natural forests that were converted to non-forest uses
  • Forests with genetically modified trees.

Find out more at: https://us.fsc.org/en-us/certification/controlled-wood

Sustainability

Stosa is committed to respecting people and the environment.

Ethics, honesty and sustainability have always been central to our work and form an integral part of their company culture.

In a continuous quest for a better future, Stosa has implemented a series of important strategies targeting environmental sustainability in all activities and processes.

Stosa invests heavily in energy efficiency and waste reduction and selects only environmentally friendly materials, including fully traceable wood from responsibly managed forests, guaranteed free from toxic chemicals.

Also, an FSC® certified company, Stosa makes an important contribution to safeguarding the world's remaining forests by using FSC® certified materials and selling FSC® certified products.

Customers can find many FSC® certified products in the Stosa range.

The Forest Stewardship Council® is an international organization that has been working to protect the world's forests for 25 years. The Council offers the most internationally credible solution for transparently guaranteeing that wood is sourced from properly managed sources.

FSC® fulfils its mission by setting rigorous standards for good practice in forest management and also establishes the environmental, social and economic requirements that must be satisfied in the so-called "Chain of Custody", i.e. the system that ensures the traceability of material sourced from forests throughout the chain of supply, production and sale.

CARB P2

The doors of Stosa kitchens are Carb P2 certified. This means they are made from fully recycled and recyclable material with extremely low formaldehyde emission. Carb P2 certification clearly demonstrates Stosa’s commitment to protecting the environment and saving natural resources. Responsible design and innovation is inseparable from the selection of recycled and environmentally compatible raw materials.

Society in general has come to recognize the importance of looking after the environment and has demanded that companies equally place a greater commitment to it. VIVES also recognizes this need and has incorporated a genuine and permanent commitment to respecting and protecting the environment in all its activities. It is VIVES’ aim to reach a point that all its processes and products are sustainable and with this philosophy in mind, FEELING ECO was born.

VIVES ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

The general management of VIVES group, which activity is the production and marketing of floor and wall tiles with their respective complementary pieces, are aware of the importance of incorporate a compromise with the environment, establishing some statements to define the company environmental policy:

  • To consider the environmental aspects in the planning and development of our activities, establishing a continuous process of improvement of their environmental behavior.

 

  • To use the natural resources in a sustainable way and to make an efficient use of energy, optimizing the use of raw materials promoting the reduction and recycling of residues.

 

  • To fulfil all the legal requirements applied in any case, as well as other environmental requirements voluntarily established, acting accordingly.

 

  • To teach and encourage our company staff according to the requirements stated before and to promote the environmental actions in each section.

 

  • To present our Environmental Policy to those parties concerned both internal and external to the company.

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING

Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an international system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to promote sustainable and efficient construction. LEED is a voluntary certificate and can be applied to any building whether new or existing. LEED certifies buildings and not products.

 

Our products can help certify the sustainability of your project according to LEED by earning points in the following fields:

USE OF REGIONAL MATERIAL (CREDIT MR 5)

Our red biscuit wall and floor tiles can help you obtain points in this field where the project is located within a 800km radius of our factories in Alcora, Castellon, Spain.

HEAT ISLAND EFFECT (CREDIT SS 7.1)

Many of our products have a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) greater than 29, helping to minimize the Heat Island Effect and therefore they are particularly suited to be fixed in the exterior.

 

LOW EMITTING MATERIALS (CREDIT EQ 4.3)

Our products do not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) due to the tiles being fired in very high temperatures helping to maintain a stable and healthy ambience in the interior.

RECYCLED CONTENT (CREDIT MR 4)

Pre-consumed recycled material is incorporated into the contents of our products according to ISO 14021.

SPANISH GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL (GBCE)

 

VIVES is a member of the Spanish Green Building Council. This non-profit seeking organization shares the same fundamental objectives as the international World Green Building Council (WGBC). These objectives encompass the promotion of sustainable building by introducing international and homogeneous methods and tools to certify the sustainability of buildings, such as VERDE or LEED.

ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATION

A system of eco-labelling, 3rd level according to the ISO14025 y ISO 21930 based on the analysis of the product life cycle. The information supplied by EPD is a vital tool to those who want to certify the sustainability of their construction projects via certifications such as VERDE or BREEAM allowing them to compare and select materials which take the environment into consideration.

Kohler has many programs to reduce their footprint impact and leave the world a better than what their found it. This is their general statement for sustainability and challenging goal we are sure they are going to accomplish:

“We are committed to leaving the world a better place than we found it and are working toward net zero environmental impact by 2035. For us, this means reducing or offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions and sending zero solid waste to landfill; developing innovative energy- and water-saving products; and encouraging people to take action”.

 https://www.kohlercompany.com/sustainability/

 

They are working in many programs and all of them can be found in their general company website https://www.kohlercompany.com  From Chain of production to Packaging and from Renewable energy to Farming you can find a ton of programs and actions they are taken to accomplish their goal by 2035.

 

To summarize their environmental work; Kohler Company divides their Sustainability plans in three main points:

Footprint reduction.

“We measure our environmental footprint and the success of our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment by tracking our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, our water use, and our waste to landfill”. https://www.kohlercompany.com/sustainability/footprint-reduction/

 

Product Innovation

Kohler products are generally known as top-of-the-line bathroom products, so when you think of Kohler you may think on Faucets, Bathtubs and Toilets, but the reality is that you should also think on Engines, Hospitality, GOLF, Chocolates and as their bathroom products all the others are high-end, High quality green products. Find out more of their Product innovation programs at: https://www.kohlercompany.com/sustainability/product-innovation/

 

Education and Action.

“The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals have influenced how we focus our expertise as we work to make a real impact on water and energy use and responsible consumption”

Find out more at: https://www.kohlercompany.com/sustainability/education-action/  

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