Our Environmental Commitment

At eko, sustainability is a vital component behind everything we do. We’re fully committed to promoting sustainable work environments and business practices based on sound economics, environmental protection, social responsibility, and incorporating the BIFMA Sustainability Guidelines into our practices.

In dedication to our stakeholders, we continually update our progress toward the goal of becoming an increasingly sustainable company. We also report our progress in the area of Environmental Aspects; Legal and Other Requirements; Objectives and Targets; and Management Review as defined in the BIFMA Sustainability Guidelines.

Power Consumption - all hydroelectric
Our facility is located in the Tennesse Valley, approximately 9 miles from Ocoee Dam No. 1. Completed in 1911, the dam was among the first hydroelectric projects in the region. Ocoee No. 1 is the first of three TVA dams on the Ocoee River. TVA’s original purpose—set forth in the TVA Act—was to address the Valley's most important issues in energy, environmental stewardship and economic development.
Every kilowatt of power we consume originates from this hydroelectric facility.

More energy news: 

2015 - complete overhaul of facility lighting from incandescent to T5 high efficiency tubes with mirror fixtures, savings = 40% YOY.  

2016 - complete overhaul of compressors facility wide. 

           Installed several new, super high efficcinecy German brand Kaeser units that decreased work area noise 

           by 50% and lead to 500 kWh's per month in enrergy savings

And for those thrill seekers out there, our area is a great location for a day of white water rafitng or hiking in the spring or maybe even some alone time to reflect! See above.

Materials
All internal frames consist of Plytanium plywood from Gergia Pacific, specifically from the Madison, GA facility, just 170 miles away. Plytanium plywood is from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified responsible wood sources. These products are also NGBS Green Certified for Resource Efficiency and Indoor Environmental Quality. 
All high resilient foam is Preserve® Foam — a flexible polyurethane foam that replaces a portion of its petrochemical-based ingredients with a reactive material made from a sustainable, renewable resource while remaining comfortable and long lasting.
Metal components are all sourced from within 300 miles of the facility and at the end of thier life cycle may be recycled.

Waste
eko utilizes start of the art manufacturing techniques to eliminate excess waste of raw materials. We do this by incorporating CNC (computer numerical control),  in which computers play an integral part of the control. In modern CNC systems, end-to-end component design is highly automated using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programs.
CNC machines perform in the following areas: frame routing, textile cutting and packaging materials. Complex algorithms exist that perform calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning to maximize the yield on all raw materials. Our goal is to be Zero landfill by 2018.

Recycling  
We have recycling programs in place for paper (large recycle roll off at the facility), plastics (small containers thru out the facility) and a program with Momentum Textiles to reuse the cardboard tubes for shipping cut yardage to thier clients. 

Shipping
We only designate freight carriers that beleive in our same core values of environmental responsibility and are members of SmartWay such as FedEx LTL carriers. The SmartWay® Program is a public-private initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution created by freight transportation in corporate supply chains. eko is a member of Smartway and comform to all shipping mandates required.


 

Credit 4.11 Point

RECYCLED CONTENT (10% post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer)

LEED REQUIREMENT

Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the post-industrial content constitutes at least 10% of the total value of the materials in the project.

BENEFIT

eko can contribute to this credit as it contains in excess of 80% pre-consumer and 0% post-consumer recycled content (by weight).

Credit 4.21 Point, In Addition To 4.1

RECYCLED CONTENT (20% post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer)

LEED REQUIREMENT

Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the post-industrial content constitutes at least 20% of the total value of the materials in the project.

BENEFIT

eko can contribute to this credit as it contains in excess of 80% pre-consumer and 0% post-consumer recycled content (by weight).

Credit 5.11 Point

REGIONAL MATERIALS (20% manufactured regionally)

LEED REQUIREMENT

Use a minimum of 20% of building materials and products that are manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles.

BENEFIT

All eko products can contribute to this credit based on the project location relative to Cleveland, TN 37323.

Credit 5.21 Point

REGIONAL MATERIALS (10% extracted and manufactured regionally)

LEED REQUIREMENT

In addition to the requirements of MR 5.1, use a minimum of 10% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project.

BENEFIT

All eko products can contribute to this credit based on the project location relative to Cleveland, TN 37323. eko products contain in excess of 80% materials that are harvested within 500 miles of the Factory location in Cleveland, TN 37323.

CERTIFIED WOOD

LEED REQUIREMENT

When using new wood-based products and materials, use a minimum of 50% that are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council's Principles and Criteria. Division 12 (Furniture) material value is included in the determination of the certified wood content.

BENEFIT

eko products can be specified to meet LEED Credit 7. If specified to meet this requirement, eko products will contain in excess of 80% FSC certified wood content (by weight).