Recycled Materials & Social Responsibility

Kawneer’s passionate commitment to sustainability is the foundation for our product line, which is comprised primarily of aluminum — one of the earth’s most plentiful recyclables. As a sustainable building material, aluminum is highly efficient. Recycled aluminum is identical to smelted aluminum, but requires only 1/20 of the energy to manufacture. Less energy means less carbon dioxide and fewer greenhouse emissions. And unlike other materials in the recycling stream, aluminum can be recycled repeatedly. Every day you make a choice – make a choice that counts.


We also enforce a companywide mandate on the use of biodegradable packaging for our complete portfolio of products as well as the use of reusable containers for our chemicals and paint. Some of our other initiatives are more visible, like our decision to print our corporate collateral materials on either 100% recycled paper and/or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified papers. Printing on FSC certified paper helps to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management.


Kawneer offers regular AIA-registered Continuing Education System (CES) programs that focus on green construction and renewable energy through architectural aluminum products and systems. Kawneer is leading the way with inspired design and the strength of an integrated product portfolio — one that unifies enviable aesthetics, world-class engineering and dedicated environmental responsibility.


We also have the strength and support of our parent company, Alcoa. Consistently recognized as one of the world’s most sustainable companies, Alcoa is a founding member of U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a group of nine esteemed U.S. companies that work to support national legislation to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 


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