Bauformat takes responsibility and attaches utmost priority to addressing climate protection. The aim is not only to reduce CO2 emissions but to compensate for them in full and beyond. We can verify that we help the environment far beyond common standards which is why BAUFORMAT is certified as a particularly climate-positive company. Our furniture also carries Germany’s best-known environmental label, the Blue Angel. We only use low-emission lacquers and wood-based materials from sustainably managed forests. Most of our suppliers come from our region and operate with environmental standards comparable to those of our own. Paper-saving digitised processes and climate-friendly logistics with EURO 6 lorries, hybrid vehicles and our own in-house recharging stations are key elements of our sustainability concept.
At Interior Alchemy, we consider our impact on the environemnt very carefully. Perhaps as a smart Portland homeowner, considering a kitchen remodel or bathroom renovation of your own home, you may be wondering…how can purchasing European cabinentry be a sustanable choice. We, too, wondered how can we responsibly sell modern ktichen cabinets and ship them half-way across the world to Portland.
The answer is more obvious that you might at first consider. German environmental prototection laws are simply better that we have here in the US. The factories have been taxed for decades on the waste they produce. With limited reousources and limited access to available land for landfills, the Germans handle precision manufacturing, recycling and waste better than any other country on earth.
German law regulates emission control, water usage, waste disposal, soil conservation, natural resounrce conservation and environmental imapact. But what’s most important is that the German govenment actively and strictly enforces the environmental laws. The supervising governmental agencies are generally well funded, organized, and staffed, and therefore able to fulfil their environmental enforcement tasks effectively and promptly.
There are many requirements and certifications a German company must obtain and retain in order to continue to produce goods in Germany. Additionally, Bauformat prides itself on its ability to make the world a better place during and after production. For example, at the factory, we saw that every spec of sawdust is captured from the cutting areas and then collected for use in low emission heating systems which then heat the factory all winter long!
The reality is that German producers are better for the envoironment than nearly all American cabinetry producers, including local cabinet makers that do not have strict regulations imposed on where they source their wood from, or how they dispose of excess materials.