At Mid Continent Cabinetry we are committed to using sustainable manufacturing methods. We use and buy environmentally responsible products and we proudly purchase our hardwood from domestic forests that are sustainably harvested. We also use recycled products made with renewable materials.
Inspired by natural beauty of wood, Mid Continent is taking action to help promote reforestation. We are partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 10,000 trees in 365 days — that's equal to more than 27 trees a day for an entire year.
For the Environment
Mid Continent is committed to protecting the environment. Our goal is to provide consumers with high quality, durable cabinetry using sustainable manufacturing methods.
To meet this goal, we strive to manufacture products that are both good for the environment and healthy and safe for our customers and their homes. We continue to work hard to be a leader in responsible cabinetry manufacturing.
At Mid Continent we are reducing waste consumption. We believe a sustainable future can be achieved by following the three basic “R’s” – reuse, reduce, recycle.
- Our facilities have recycling bins setup to collect a variety of items including paper, plastic, glass, stain canisters, cardboard, scrap wood and metal.
- We use green-certified printers that use e-certified renewable energy to produce paper. We also use corn-based inks and print on recycled paper. Additionally, all discounted and/or outdated literature is recycled.
- Our plant facility employees work four, 10-hour work days, helping to reduce the amount of harmful greenhouse gases emitted from vehicles and decreasing the amount of daily energy used.
At Mid Continent we are committed to using sustainable forestry methods. The majority of our hardwood is purchased from domestic managed forests that are responsibly harvested and replanted, ensuring tree reforestation. We also purchase hardwoods from certified controlled forests.
In addition, all products are packaged using cardboard made from 100 percent recycled post-consumer fiber and following guidelines that help eliminate cardboard waste. In the last three years, we’ve purchased more than 6,400 tons of recycled packaging, saving:
- 110,000 trees
- 60,000 barrels (2.5 million gallons) of oil
- 45 million gallons of water
- 19 million kilowatts of energy
- More than 16,000 cubic yards of landfill space
In turn we’ve recycled more than 65 tons of corrugate packaging and have returned over 32,000 recycled pallets to our suppliers. Additionally, leftover wood waste is given to local farmers who grind it into cattle bedding and spread it over fields for fertilizer.
While we work hard to utilize sustainable manufacturing methods, we also use and carry products that are healthy for you and your family. All of our particle board is EPP certified (Environmentally Preferred Products) and is made from 100 percent recycled or wood fiber. Additionally, all of our composite board (plywood, particle board and MDF) is certified to C.A.R.B (California Air Resource Board) Phase II Reduced Formaldehyde Emissions.
In addition, we work closely with trucking suppliers to reduce gas emissions and decrease fuel consumption. Several of our carriers are participating partners in the SmartWay program and more are in the process of applying for membership. SmartWay is a voluntary program that was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and designed to improve the transportation industry’s fuel consumption and reduce gas emissions. Working together with the EPA, our carriers are committed to decreasing unnecessary long-duration vehicle idling on roads, pickups and deliveries.
Our cabinetry has been awarded the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) certificate by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA). The ESP certificate demonstrates our promise and commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability.
Certification is awarded annually through a rigorous compliance review based on five categories:
- Air Quality
- Product Resource Management
- Process Resource Management
- Environmental Stewardship
- Community Relations
The ESP certificate further emphasizes our commitment to establish environmental policies, improve waste management and implement green purchasing policies, recycling and community relations.