At Morbern, we have a sustainability commitment: Protect and preserve our children’s tomorrows while meeting our clients’ needs today.
Morbern continually looks for ways to reduce the environmental impact of its products and processes in order to protect our planet and our communities. We were among the first manufacturers of coated fabrics to completely eliminate heavy metals such as lead and cadmium. We ensure that the water flowing out at the end of the manufacturing process is clean enough to drink. And we have committed to better controlling our emissions and improving the air quality of our surrounding community.
In 2015, Many projects, especially those in the healthcare field, began to require materials without flame-retardant additives. At the request of the design community, Morbern created one of the first flame-retardant-free vinyls. The Bloom collection of patterns and textures was followed shortly by the introduction of Maverick, a durable plain with a simple leather texture available in 26 colors.
In 2016, Morbern fulfilled an important environmental promise involving the building of its 20,000-square-foot expansion in Cornwall, Ontario. The $9 million project added manufacturing space but also introduced new technology that allows the company to improve efficiencies and reduce waste.
Key initiatives included:
- Water conservation: Installed closed loop cooling circuits to reduce water consumption by 75 percent to 80 percent, taking water usage from 335,000 cubic meters per year to below 88,000 cubic meters.
- Emissions reduction: A new coater in the ink room reduces fume emissions by 50 percent.
- Waste reduction: The ink room’s new coater operates more efficiently than previous equipment, reducing waste disposal by 20 percent.
In 2017, Morbern announced that all of their vinyls for non-automotive markets are formulated phthalate free. Although there are only six phthalates banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the company achieved 26P phthalate-free status on its non-automotive products.
This customer driven initiative involved years of research and trials. By July of 2015, Morbern’s non-automotive products were 15P free. By January 2016, the company eliminated another, and as of 2017, all non-automotive vinyls are 26P phthalate free.