Yes, our products are 100% GREENGUARD Gold Certified, and our company is ISO 14001 Environmental certified. Look for the GREENGUARD logo on each product page to find individual GREENGUARD Certification numbers.
Nemschoff purchases lumber mostly from local reputable sources within 1,200 miles of the Sheboygan manufacturing facility, although for some products, materials come from Michigan, New York or Canada. Currently, we source lumber from companies that may have FSC and SFI certifications.
Most Nemschoff products are shipped blanket-wrapped with reusable blankets, which eliminates the need for packaging.
We have recycling programs for cardboard, plastic, aluminum, iron, steel, and paper. This has kept about 200 tons out of landfills in the past 12 months. We continue to look for recycling options for fabric waste. Because of the variety of fabrics and their vinyl content, there have been challenges in identifying recycling solutions. Waste-to-energy options may soon exist for some fabric, but those containing vinyl may not be recycled. Some fabric waste has been repurposed through the State of Wisconsin prison systems, which make a variety of small items for nursing homes, civic shelters, and trauma victims.
We use water-based adhesives. Additionally, all our finishing materials are non-toxic when fully cured.
We have many waste materials that do not go into landfills, including our wood waste, cardboard, paper, oil, plastics, light bulbs, batteries and more. Our wood waste is ground up, stored on site and burned to heat our facility throughout the winter. Other items such as light bulbs, batteries, electronics, and used oil are sent away for repurposing. Plastics and cardboard are recycled along with office, mixed paper, and metals.
Although we cannot be petroleum-free at this time, we are continuing to look for ways to reduce our use of petroleum products.
We use our raw lumber waste to heat our largest manufacturing facility. We also make available to area farmers 200 tons of lumber waste in the form of sawdust.
We contract with an organization to collect clean rags and return for reuse. Each day, we recover most of the solvents to reuse in cleaning equipment. Excess wood stain and finishes are disposed via an environmental recovery agency that incinerates for energy recovery.