Thank you for considering the purchase of a Strasser Woodenworks American made product. With your support we will be able to continue crafting your bath furniture here in America and employing workers right here in our community. Just the fact that our products have not traveled thousands of miles to get to our shores shrinks their carbon footprint significantly. A European product must travel about 4,000 miles before reaching America and a Chinese product travels close to 7,000 miles. In addition, we use domestic suppliers wherever possible which further minimizes our products’ carbon footprint.
Remember, too, that our country and our state of Washington have tough environmental laws and regulations so products made here are environmentally cleaner than those imported from less Earth-friendly places.
Every Strasser Woodenworks product is built of the best materials and designed to last a lifetime. It is environmentally sound to purchase products that will stand the test of time and not get tossed into a landfill after only a couple of years. Maybe the most environmentally responsible thing we are doing is creating beautiful products that will have a very long and useful life.
Here in the Northwest we were “green” long before it became trendy. It’s a way of life here. We at Strasser Woodenworks are doing our best to become a greener company by constantly finding ways to conserve energy, reduce waste, increase recycling, and use cleaner manufacturing practices and better materials. We know that it is imperative to leave a cleaner world for future generations.
• 2005: Invested in all new state-of-the-art lighting in both the factory and the offices. The result was a reduction of 29,000 Kilowatt hours (kWh) or 4% of our total energy use.
• 2006: Purchased high efficiency air compressor equipment. We reduced total energy usage by 71,000 kWh, or 13% of our total energy.
• 2007: Made adjustments to shift scheduling resulting in energy savings of 132,000 kWh or 31% of our total energy consumption.
•The three energy savings total 230,000 kWh. With that amount of energy, we could power 21 normal U.S. households for one year.1
REDUCING SOLID WASTE
With increased recycling we have reduced our solid waste by 33%. That is material not put into land-fills but re-used.
All scrap wood is recycled; every month we recycle 3,375 cubic feet. That is equivalent to 440 trees annually. Imagine 440 trees that are left growing for future generations.2
RECYCLING OFFICE MATERIALS
Naturally, at Strasser Woodenworks, we recycle paper, bottles, cans, and cardboard. In addition we are constantly evaluating ways to reduce waste and recycle even more.
We have challenged our purchasers to acquire production materials from environmentally conscious suppliers who are committed to providing products with high recycled content wherever possible. We even print our brochures, catalogs, and price lists on recycled, Forest Stewardship Council certified, paper.
Formaldehyde has been identified as a health risk by environmentally conscious groups and individuals. Beginning in January 2009 Strasser Woodenworks will follow the 2009 California Formaldehyde Content Regulations, set by California Air Resources Board (CARB), for all our products. When you purchase our products you can be assured that we use only premium materials free of added formaldehyde.
REDUCING VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND (VOC) EMISSIONS
We are crafting wood products that will be placed in a room with dramatic humidity swings – the bathroom. In order to protect the wood from humidity we need to apply very tough finishes. Unfortunately, these finishes do release some VOCs while curing. Washington state has some of the toughest emission standards in the nation. The good news is that we only use 25% of the Washington State permit quota. Here at Strasser, we are quite proud of that accomplishment. We are ahead of the curve on VOC emissions.
2. Using a 75’ high tree with a circumference of 4’