OUR COMMITMENT TOWARDS ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
In 2021, choosing to respect the environment should not be a choice, but a necessity within our working ethics and a commitment for tomorrow. In these years the 193 member countries of the UN are working hard to achieve the goals signed in 2015 with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and among these, a very important role is played by companies.
Dall'Agnese fully embraces this approach to protecting the environment and has been adopting production practices for some time now, demonstrating how this attention has been not only added to the corporate vision, but also integrated into daily operations.
In the production of furniture, one of the most relevant certifications is CARB (California Air Resource Board), which is based on the "Airborne Toxic Control Measure" regulation and aims to verify and reduce formaldehyde emissions from wood-based materials used in the territory of California.
Over the years this certification has been adopted as a reference standard by an ever-increasing number of multinationals in the wood-furniture industry, until, in June 2018, the EPA (Environment Protection Agency) decided to extend the legislation to the United States as well, adopting the same formaldehyde emission limits set by CARB2. From 22 March 2019 the CARB and EPA regulations are considered equivalent and apply to plywood, multilayer, MDF, chipboard, veneered panels with urea resins. Dall’Agnese decided to comply with the standards of this legislation, choosing to rely only on partners who can guarantee the supply of formaldehyde-free materials.
By directly treating a valuable material for the planet such as wood, it is necessary to ensure that it comes from forests managed in a correct and responsible way. In accordance with this philosophy, the panels used by Dall’Agnese in the production process are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® in compliance with rigorous environmental, social and economic standards.
For many years the firm has also been committed to the progressive renunciation of solvents during the painting phase. In fact, Dall’Agnese opted for water-based paints for all the matt lacquers, which have a very low solvent residue and instead contain resins of vegetable origin. The choice of these paints allows to drastically reduce the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), thus to release almost exclusively water vapor, completely odourless and with a very low environmental impact.
The resulting benefits apply to different spheres: first of all in the work environment, which thus becomes healthier, but also in the home environment where the products are installed, since traditional paints can continue to release substances even for a long time after the end of the their drying.
These are not the only sustainability projects that Dall’Agnese is carrying out. We will update you on new developments in the coming weeks… stay tuned!