SA Baxter: Green Approved

[tweetmeme source=”@SABaxterLL” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5D In an industry known for noxious waste, grit and grime, SA Baxter’s foundry and atelier, based in the New York Hudson Valley, proves that given a bit of green thinking and innovation, even the most offensive industries can clean up their act. In fact, our foundry and atelier emits less carbon over an entire year than half of what the average small car releases. In addition, our atelier produces no wastewater, and almost no emissions are released into the atmosphere.

While we have completed projects in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, with the exception of some component parts, we still create all of our decorative architectural hardware in-house, end-to-end.

We understand that a lot of companies claim to be green, but the term “green” has become so loosely used that it is increasingly difficult for people to determine what makes a product or manufacturing process green. To help you better understand our green manufacturing process, we have put together a list of answers to the most common questions we have been asked for your review.

What efforts have we made to make our manufacturing process green?

SA Baxter puts enabling design and perfecting our manufacturing process at the forefront of everything we do, so as to constantly deliver the highest-quality products that anyone can expect from a high-end architectural hardware manufacturer. To ensure an ideal manufacturing process that not only allows us to design hardware with virtually unlimited flexibility, but also one that ensures the integrity of our company, we have considered every aspect of our products and manufacturing process. The first step for us was to examine the sort of metals that we use in our foundry. To make our products, we use bronze and Eco-Brass, a higher quality brass that is lead-free. The significance of using Eco-brass and bronze is that we do not emit any leaded smoke or toxic fumes into the atmosphere.

Other steps we take to reduce emissions during the de-waxing process is that we inject nitrogen into our furnace as it melts wax out of the shells, starving the air of oxygen to keep carbon filled smoke from forming. We have also installed an after-burner into the furnace, which cleanses any carbons that might have otherwise seeped through, much like a carburetor cars.

Our plating line produces no wastewater because all of the liquids used in the plating process are closed-looped, cleaned, and reused, and we opt for acid-based baths that are so friendly you can put your hand in it without worry or concern – as opposed to other cyanide-based baths found in many other systems.

Are our products rated low/zero VOCs?

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are chemicals that have significant vapor pressures that can be harmful to people, as well as to the environment. The most common, manmade VOCs are solvents, especially paints and protective coatings. We do not have a standard process that produces VOCs in our foundry and atelier. In most cases, we use wax as a sealant to preserve our finishes, which are often referred to as living or organic finishes. Only upon request do we apply lacquer to our products.

How sustainable are our products?

Our products are 100% sustainable. Our hardware and architectural metals have virtually unlimited lifecycles – lasting forever — and they can be easily melted down and restored into new products.

Is it possible to see our foundry and manufacturing process?

We are so proud of our eco-friendly foundry and atelier and our green production process that we have created a video to show you how we make the world’s best architectural hardware. To see a work-in-progress video, please visit our foundry page.

To Read an article by the New York Times about our Green Mission, please visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/30/business/energy-environment/30foundry.html

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