UNI EN ISO 14001 Certification
In 2004 Ernestomeda obtained certification under UNI EN ISO 14001
, a voluntary international standard certified by the independent body SGS
, world leader in the inspection, auditing and analysis of goods, services and industrial systems.
Ernestomeda has always been committed to improving its corporate processes and their impact on the environment
. Energy consumption, noise pollution, atmospheric emissions, waste management and wastewater outflows are constantly monitored.
The Environment-Friendly Panel
On 1st January 2009 Ernestomeda has also chosen to manufacture its kitchens using Idroleb, the Environment-Friendly Panel with the lowest emission of formaldehyde, a substance which can be emitted in gaseous form by some resins used in wood processing.
The Idroleb Environment-Friendly Panel
guarantees maximum emission values of 0.35 mg/litre
on all output, below the limit of 0.4 mg/litre required by the Japanese F**** standard (the world’s most restrictive), placing it in the ULEF (Ultra Low Emission Formaldehyde) category.
The environment-friendly panel is a particle board panel made from 100% post-consumption wood
through a unique production process that creates a perfect synergy between industry and the environment.
Environment-friendly habits in the kitchen: waste
- Try to organise your waste collection system as well as possible, separating each type of waste (for example aluminium, paper, plastic, glass, wet waste, etc.).
- Compact bulky waste when possible (bottles, tins, boxes, cans).
- Prefer products in recycled or easily recyclable packaging, such as those made from just one material.
- If you have a garden or a large balcony, use organic and green waste to make compost for your flowers.
At the end of your kitchen’s life cycle.
All Ernestomeda products are designed and built to last over time. By increasing the product’s lifetime, Ernestomeda reduces the consumption of materials and energy needed to replace it, and encourages a culture of sustainable development.
And when the time comes to replace your kitchen, consider the possibility of
- reusing some or all of it, for example in a holiday home;
- taking it to a “garage sale”, or donating it to charity;
- contacting the specialist disposal centres in your town.
If it has to be scrapped, if possible, try to separate the various components
of the kitchen (wood, glass, aluminium, etc.) and recycle them through separate disposal
, giving the materials new life and preventing the use of primary resources.
Special care must also be taken over electric and electronic equipment (so-called WEEE
), such as appliances, which must be disposed of correctly because they might contain substances damaging to the environment.
In all cases, it is always important to be familiar with the specific legislation in your country, and contact the waste disposal and recycling authorities if in doubt.