While taking market demands and technological developments into account, Scavolini always wants to release products and materials that are as compatible with the environment as they can possibly be. Thus Design plays a crucial role in achieving this, since it is the first means of controlling and limiting product-related environmental impacts.
The company is therefore investing in this area and its suppliers, the aim being to constantly expand its knowledge base in matters of environmental sustainability. This knowledge has given rise to the company Ecodesign procedure, which provides designers with guidelines on the development of an increasingly "environmentally sustainable" product. Furthermore, the company has been taking part in a major European project under the “Life Ambiente” programme (called LAIPP – www.laipp-eu.com).
This project was mainly aimed at studying Integrated Product Policies (IPPs) in the kitchens sector, with a particular focus on LCA (life cycle assessment) of products.The project fits into the strategy adopted by European governments to promote market growth for eco-compatible products through an innovative continuous process that assesses the environmental impact of the product in the various phases of the product life cycle.
The most innovative project goals include the testing and creation of a Product-Oriented Environmental Management System (POEMS), designed to facilitate the integration of product development policies with the environmental management of the same, i.e. an ISO 14000 focused not so much on the company but rather on each specific product.
Scavolini is constantly performing research activities linked to the Product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) which forms the basis for each and every step forward in the creation of eco-compatible products. In this sense, for example, it is a member of the Rete Italiana LCA (Italian LCA Network; www.reteitalianalca.it), promoted and co-ordinated by ENEA, which aims to promote the exchange of information, methodologies and good practices on the status and prospects of LCA research projects.
Scavolini kitchens are designed to last. This feature is an advantage, not only for those who purchase them. It is also evidently advantageous in terms of environmental impact. This factor is per se one of the most important for safeguarding the environment since a long-lasting product automatically means lower environmental impact. Moreover, in order to offer full kitchen functionality over time, Scavolini is able to supply spare parts from various time periods, in original or complementary finishes. To manage the kitchen at the end of its lifespan, in its Use and Maintenance Manuals, Scavolini advises its customers to re-use the product (e.g. in a holiday home or garage, by donating to a charitable institution or by selling at a flea market) and — if it is to be disposed of — to separate the components that can be recycled (wood, glass, aluminium, electrical and electronic appliances, etc.), thus facilitating differentiated collection. Almost all the materials used by Scavolini can be recycled (to produce new materials or energy). After a few simple separation steps (depending on the compositions and the kitchen model), approximately 75-95% of the materials used can be recycled. The environmental benefits resulting from the recycling of products and materials are not limited to the reduction and exploitation of the waste produced; environmental impact – such as energy saving and lower CO2 emissions - also comes into play. In fact, approximately 1 kWh of energy is needed to produce 1 kg of recycled aluminium, in comparison with the 13-14 kWh required to produce “virgin” aluminium; recycling therefore offers an energy saving of 95%.
Use only recycled cardboard (e.g. produced by reprocessing paper and/or cardboard in a new production cycle) and recyclable cardboard (that can be used to produce new cardboard). And reduce the materials used, without compromising utmost protection of the product. For example, to fill any empty spaces, the use of eco-friendly air bags to replace polystyrene.
These examples are just some of the approaches taken by Scavolini to minimise the impact of packaging on the environment.
The company has already implemented products and technologies that reduce the environmental impact of the paints used. In cooperation with its suppliers, Scavolini constantly searches for the best technological solutions in order to eliminate any hazardous substance. In particular the so-called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are reduced to the minimum, which are constantly monitored through the execution of laboratory tests, in observance of the strict standards of the LEED international legislation (GBC).
The execution of these tests allows us to constantly control the limits and assess the reduction margins in a way to adopt the processes which offer the best performance. The Scavolini range is proud to feature various models that benefit from new production techniques, using the minimum quantity of paint.
For the structure of all its kitchens and many other elements, Scavolini uses Idroleb Ecological Panels.
These panels only use recycled wood which does not therefore require new trees to be felled. This material, besides offering excellent performance levels in terms of durability and stability, has particularly impressive environmental credentials. When abandoned in dumps or burned, wood emits greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, while recycled wood traps them in, thus limiting the impact on the atmosphere. By way of example, 1 ton of recycled wood reduces the greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere by 1.03 tons CO2 equivalent (ton CO2 equivalent = unit of measure for comparing the emissions of various greenhouse gases with different effects on the climate). Just think, Scavolini uses more than 10,000 tons of recycled wood panels a year!
Scavolini, with its constant focus on consumer health, has taken another major step in this direction by obtaining the "COSMOB Qualitas Praemium: Indoor Hi-Quality” certification, which allows it to monitor pollutant emissions by means of continuous routine checks on both the product and the production process. This certification is complied with thanks to the COSMOB label, which certifies the quality and soundness of the product in terms of low VOC emissions.
For the structure of its products and for many other elements, Scavolini uses panels with the lowest emissions of formaldehyde, a substance used in the production of many glues and resins which, in turn, are also used in the processing of wood panels. Panels produced in this way can release molecules of formaldehyde in gas form which, in large concentrations, may be harmful to man.
In compliance with the European directive 2002/95/CE (RoHS directive) and Dir. 2011/65/EC, Scavolini kitchen appliances do not contain any of the following dangerous substances: lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, PBB (polybrominated biphenyl) and PBDE (diphenyl ether), as they are particularly hazardous to human health and the environment. Scavolini in its household appliance range promotes highly energy efficient appliances, which in general reduce consumption by 20-30% compared to models of an inferior class. The energy classes, also called efficiency classes, constitute the reference for the electrical consumption of the appliances and are reported on the “energy label”.
Another important aspect in the choice of appliances is the level of noise, particularly for dishwashers, washing machines, hoods and fridges. Also this characteristic is reported in the new energy label.
The Scavolini range includes appliances with extremely low noise levels. With an eye to protecting the environment and complying with current standards, within its role in the supply chain, the company meets the European Directive EC 2002/96 — which regulates Recovery of Electrical and Electronic Appliances (RAEE) such as refrigerators, ovens, lamps, etc. — through a series of activities aimed at regulating the collection, treatment and recycling of such wastes. In fact, a refrigerator weighing approximately 50 Kg yields precious materials such as: 30 Kg of steel, 3 Kg of copper and aluminum, 1 Kg of CFC, 13.5 Kg of plastic, 1 Kg of glass and 1.5 Kg of other wastes to be sent to the dump.
Within its broad product range, Scavolini promotes a series of indispensable accessories for those who want to fully experience their kitchens while fully respecting the environment. The following are particularly useful:
Scavolini has always been has always been particularly careful to observe the environmental standards which apply to its own activities and the creation of its own products. The following are particularly important: