MorGreen

MorGreen is the story of Morbern’s journey toward sustainability and the products that exemplify it.

The Green Story

Policy

Morbern’s Environmental Management System outlines policies and procedures that govern the environmental impacts of our activities, products, and services. From rules on waste handling to research ventures into renewable products, Morbern continually works to be sustainable, responsible, and leave as little environmental impact as possible.

In addition to our own policy, Morbern fulfills all compliance obligations, rules and regulations according to ISO 14001:2015, an international standard that outlines how organizations can enhance environmental performance.

What does that mean? We decrease our environmental impact, and prevent degradation of the environment and wildlife by:

  • Improving waste management
  • Exploring new materials and processes with reduced environmental footprint
  • Decreasing reliance on non-renewable energy
  • Continually educating ourselves to prevent environmental pollution, preserve natural resources, and improve the EMS

Read on to learn how Morbern fulfills these promises, and creates positive outcomes for our community.

Accomplishments

  1. Sustainable/Renewable energy
    • 99% of the energy (hydroelectric power) used by the Morbern production plant is renewable.
  2. Air quality
    • A new coater reduces fume emissions by 50 percent, improving the community air quality.
    • Low volatile organic compounds (VOC) water-based top coat finishes have now replaced most solvent formulations
    • Morbern created one of the first flame-retardant-free vinyls
    • all non-automotive vinyls are formulated phthalate free.
  3. Water Usage
    • A new coater reduces fume emissions by 50 percent, improving the community air quality.
    • Closed-loop cooling circuits installed in 2016 reduced our water consumption by more than 75%.
  4. Use of Recyclable materials
    • The roll cores of FR free product range are made from recycled cardboard
  5.  Reduction of land fill/Use of Compostable materials
    • Our dedicated second-quality team redirects material to other markets and applications so that it is kept out of landfill sites.
    • The ink room’s new coater operates more efficiently than previous equipment, reducing waste disposal by 20 percent.

Certifications

Cradle to Cradle Certification

Cradle to Cradle™ product certification is a third-party multi-attribute certification standard that evaluates products based on five certification criteria: material health, material reutilization, assessment of energy required for production, water, and social responsibility. The certification is available at several levels: basic, bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.

EU Ecolabel Certification

Life cycle analysis is a detailed process that evaluates the environmental impact of a textile at each stage of its life cycle. The EU Ecolabel, independently verified and endorsed by the European Commission, is awarded to products that have undergone a rigorous life cycle analysis and meet specific ecological criteria.

Facts Certification

NSF/ANSI 336, or Facts® is an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standard that assesses the level of the sustainability of commercial furnishings fabrics developed by NSF International in collaboration with ACT (The Association for Contract Textiles) and is modeled after other multi-attribute sustainability standards such as BIFMA’s (Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association) Level certification. Facts is a voluntary set of guidelines and assesses a range of environmental issues specific to textile manufacturing practices including: fiber sourcing, safety of materials, water conservation and water quality, energy, recycling practices, air quality in manufacturing, and social accountability.

Environmental Product Declarations 

Due to the complexities of the textile supply chain, Morbern’s commitment to fact-based information, and the value Morbern places on independent third-party certification and verification, Health Product Declarations (HPD’s) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD’s) are not viewed as a realistic and viable means of reporting product componentry. Morbern fully supports material transparency but places the highest value on product componentry that has been independently verified by third-party certifying bodies and is reassessed on a reoccurring basis to ensure material consistency.

Oeko-Tex Certification

Oeko-Tex® is a European toxicity test that evaluates textiles for the presence of a broad array of harmful substances that may cause potential health impacts through direct skin contact. Four classes of certification are granted to textiles that meet or fall below specified limits for a broad array of chemicals.

  • Class I textiles are the least harmful and are approved for children up to two years old under any exposure condition.
  • Class II textiles are approved for textile applications in which adult skin is exposed to large surface areas of the textile.
  • Class III textiles are approved textile applications in which adult skin is exposed to small surface areas.
  • Class IV textiles are approved for furnishings.

REACH

REACH is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use. The aim of REACH is to improve human health by requiring manufacturers to gather information on the properties of their chemical substances, register the information in a central database run by the European Chemicals Agency, and substitute Substances of Very High Concern when suitable alternatives have been identified.

ISO 14001 certification for all its facilities.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a Geneva-based non-governmental organization established in 1947. Representing over 150 countries worldwide, ISO’s objective is to promote standardized practices in the international trade of goods and services. The ISO 14001 standard focuses on environmental management.

To obtain certification, all corporate practices are carefully evaluated and measured for environmental impact. An environmental policy is defined, including concrete goals to reduce the effects identified. This environmental policy includes a commitment to compliance with environmental laws and company policies, continual improvement and prevention of pollution.

An environmental management system is created to ensure that environmental policy is implemented. An independent ISO consultant is retained to continually monitor and measure progress, and to verify that ISO standards are observed. ISO 14001 processes are audited on an annual basis and certified companies must demonstrate continual reduction of their environmental impact.