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23rd February 2018
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Forward thinking green initiatives have an eye on the future
As the New Year begins, Wales-based kitchen manufacturer Sigma 3 (which manufactures the Masterclass Kitchen brand of furniture) is looking to the future, with the introduction of new green initiatives. These initiatives are designed to ensure the company continues to drive down its carbon footprint, even as production of its high quality kitchens increases.
As part of a business-wide sustainability programme introduced eight years ago, the team at Sigma 3 are encouraged to reduce waste, improve efficiency and make cost savings, helping the company to accelerate its 96% recycling rate to 100% by the end of 2015.
With a waste management programme in place across the business, the company already recycles as much cardboard, wood and metal as possible, while all materials for each kitchen are bought to order, keeping waste to a minimum. This initiative is set to be developed further for 2015, with waste materials being re-used wherever possible or diverted into alternative waste streams that avoid them having to be sent to land-fill.
The company will also be trialling a shredding machine for the first time, turning wood waste into chippings which can be made into wood briquettes for wood burning stoves, further moving Sigma 3 towards its goal of zero waste to land-fill.
It is not only the amount of waste that the company aims to reduce, but energy and costs too, with the introduction of an Ecogate system which monitors when dust extraction machines are not in use and adjusts their fan speeds accordingly, rather than keeping them running at a constant speed.
Other energy efficient measures being introduced include new motion-sensored lighting, with low energy lighting strips installed throughout the factory.
"As a company that has been manufacturing kitchens for 40 years, it is important that we move with the times by improving and adapting our processes to ensure we have minimum negative impact on the environment," notes Gerald Jones, managing dof Masterclass Kitchens.
"We are not only a local employer which believes in creating opportunities for future generations to continue our heritage, we are an environmentally aware business with clear goals to reduce the amount of waste sent to land-fill and to reduce our carbon footprint. This means that when purchasing one of our kitchens, customers can be assured that it has been manufactured in an environmentally responsible way."
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