Green Initiative

Manufacturing:

Our pulls are made in the USA from recycled aluminum and all product is manufactured locally in the state of Wisconsin. Supporting local business and stimulating our local economy is important to us. Manufacturing locally also reduces our environmental footprint because we don’t transport our product from distant countries which requires the use of fossil fuels. All waste product from our manufacturing process is recycled.

 

Some facts about Aluminum:

Aluminum is among the most environmentally friendly metals on the planet. On a percentage basis it is the most recycled of any industrial metal. Aluminum is a unique metal: strong, durable, flexible, impermeable, lightweight, corrosion-resistant and 100 percent recyclable.

  • Recycling aluminum saves 95% energy vs. virgin aluminum; recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours, or a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours.
  • 4 lbs. of bauxite are saved for every pound of aluminum recycled.
  • Aluminum is infinitely recyclable; it does not lose its properties no matter how many times it has been recycled.
  • Recycled aluminum requires less energy, so it produces 95% less emissions, such as greenhouse gases.
  • Recycling aluminum helps conserve and preserve the environment.
  • Over the long term, even larger national savings are made when the reduction in the capital costs associated with landfills; mines and international shipping of raw aluminum is considered.
  • Recycling of post-consumer aluminum now saves an estimated 84 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the annual emissions from 15 million cars.  Since its inception, the recycling of post-consumer aluminum scrap has already avoided over one billion metric tons of CO2 emissions.

Our pulls are anodized using a water-based process and uses no VOCs.  There are no vehicle solvents, no carrier resins, and any pigmentation used in anodizing is created by extremely small amounts of metals or dye securely locked within the hard surface.  No halogenated hydrocarbons or similar toxic organics are used in anodizing.

 

Similar neutralization reduces anodizing chemicals to common dissolved minerals.  The process we use does not generate hazardous waste, and the aluminum-rich anodizing wastes are environmentally valuable in removing pollutants and settling solids in domestic sewage treatment processes.

 

Recyclability is unaltered by anodizing and no intermediate processing is needed for anodized metal to re-enter the recycle chain, unlike thicker organic or plated metallic coatings.

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