Sustainable. Environmentally friendly. Green. Ecological responsibility. Various phrases describe the same thing, but the nomenclature isn’t important. What’s critical is the action behind the words.
Lowering a company’s and a product’s environmental impact is a long-term and ongoing endeavor. A “one and done” fix doesn’t work. Continual improvement is the mindset that drives ongoing, successful changes that result in real progress. It’s a mindset Morbern adopted decades ago. The company was among the first manufacturers of coated fabrics to completely eliminate heavy metals, and it ensures that the water flowing out at the end of the manufacturing process is clean enough to drink.
Some of the largest product changes in the company’s history have come in the last year as part of MorGreen—the story of Morbern’s journey toward sustainability. A significant portion of the company’s vinyls for the contract, healthcare and hospitality markets have been reformulated to lower environmental impact. The new formulas also ensure most materials contain bio-based renewable ingredients.
These new formulas are:
- Bromine-free, No Halogenated Flame Retardants (HFRs)
- Reach Compliant
- RoHS Compliant
- Non Toxic
- No Heavy Metals
- No Mercury
- No Bisphenol A (BPA)
- No Ozone Depleting Chemicals
- No PBTs (Persistent Bio accumulative and Toxic Chemicals)
And critical to doing business in the Golden State, the company also developed a group of vinyls that comply with California AB2998, a bill which prohibits the sale of new juvenile products, mattresses and upholstered furniture with flame retardants.
Morbern’s flame retardant free and AB2998 Compliant products include: Abbey, Allante Free, Arc, Aristo, Bantam, Cinema, Flair, Hexx, Natural Linen, Verve, Vitality and Freedom. Additional product lines are scheduled to become compliant in the next few years.
Made Here to Work Here
The majority of Morbern’s vinyls are manufactured here in North America, for use in North America, eliminating the need for costly (and carbon filled) overseas shipping. Making products close to home helps not only the environment but eliminates costly and unpredictable delays for customers.
Want to learn more about Morbern’s sustainability efforts? Check out the MorGreen section of the website.