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Zero Waste

The 500-Million Ton Problem

Every year, the U.S. building industry generates 500-million tons of waste in the form of construction and demolition debris.1 That’s the equivalent of 563 Golden Gate Bridges!

In San Francisco alone, construction and demolition debris account for ~30% of landfill waste.2 And we’re part of the problem, too. But we can also be part of the solution.

1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2. Recology San Francisco

Our Journey to Zero Waste

We’re putting an end to waste at our Aromas, CA factory. Why? Because our planet depends on it.

To be considered Zero Waste, we must have a 90% waste diversion rate by 2021. This will be measured by a third-party audit to keep us truly accountable. While finding ways to close the loop on our manufacturing practices has put our creativity to the test, we’re determined to make waste a thing of the past. 

Zero Waste by 2021

Eliminate single-use plastic from production

Reuse 100% of our tile scraps

Measuring Our Progress

Zero Waste means nothing without the data to back it up. That’s why every week we weigh the amount of waste produced and how much is incorporated back into manufacturing.

Climate Neutral Partner

Since 2012, we’ve been offsetting our carbon footprint alongside our Zero Waste initiatives. By eliminating carbon emissions not only at our factory but also on inbound and outbound emissions and the materials we bring in, we’re doing our part to close the loop on carbon for good.

Supplier Code of Conduct

Sustainability goes beyond our factory. To be truly sustainable, we must also hold our manufacturing partners accountable. Our Supplier Code of Conduct outlines the minimum expectations that must be met by all of our vendors and suppliers.