WHY GREEN AT HEART?
The natural environment, once thought of as indestructible, is in fact a fragile system, that we all must take responsibility to protect and nourish in consideration of the future generations. Lacava embraces the motto “Have concern for other people,” and makes every effort to respond to the market needs while respecting the goodness and beauty of nature.
Lacava strongly rejects the idea of disposable low-quality furniture, which is made mostly of particle board, laminates, plastics, and other oil-based derivates and not intended to last longer than a couple of years. Our high quality furniture is made of renewable resources like natural wood with the least processing possible. Our craftsmanship combined with durable materials and wear-resistant parts allow people to enjoy Lacava’s furniture for many years to come, and is often passed on to the next generation as a valuable asset of the house!
Most importantly, we work with material suppliers who also are environmentally conscious. For instance, the wood we use comes from sustainable forests, where trees are cut selectively in order to preserve the ecosystems and reduce risks of wild fires, versus exploitive clear cuts that destroy the landscape and wildlife. Our vendors abide by many different environmental regulations and initiatives including: SmartWood, the Forest Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Forest Initiative, and the Rainforest Initiative. Furthermore, our suppliers do not sell any wood from endangered species.
In order to reduce gasoline consumption and carbon emissions, we reduce the import transportation needs by manufacturing most of our furniture here in Chicago, USA. This simple solution not only preserves our atmosphere and does not add to the escalating greenhouse effects, but it also conserves the fast-consumed oil reserves. The country-based production also encourages the vitality of the local economy.
In response to the need of fresh water preservation, all of our lavatory faucets are equipped with low-flow pressure compensating aerators. All our toilets are with dual-flush actuators, which allows for responsible water consumption.
Additionally, our organization is supportive of recycling, such as reusing materials and reducing of waste. Such little things as paper recycling and refilling printer cartridges make it possible to prolong the life of items and reduce waste accumulation. We look into recycling programs with the waste management companies to make sure that the least amount of waste possible ends up in landfills, which are becoming scarcer everyday, due to the tons of trash produced daily in our society.
Lacava believes it is its responsibility to be committed to manufacturing top-notch furniture and to continuously look for ways to reduce and eventually eliminate the usage of environmentally unfriendly materials, byproducts, and processes.