Making a green product means more from a manufacturer like Shoto Corporation when that company is committed to Green Processes. Shoto is continually investigating and reviewing the latest in technologies, procedures and equipment in order to minimize the impact our processes have upon the environment. Here are just a few of the efforts in our process which we undertake to lessen the impact our manufacturing has upon the environment.
From daily monitoring of our discharges, to the use of the latest in spray finish tools and technologies, to efforts to minimize ambient dust we continue to seek the latest and best ideas for preserving the quality of air, both within our plants for our talented workforce, and outside our plants for the rest of our community.
We are employing variable frequency drive components in connection with a number of our systems as a means of ramping down energy consumption to precisely match necessary demand. We recently undertook a complete replacement of the lighting system in our plants in order to decrease energy consumption. We are employing contractors to locate and isolate our greatest sources of energy demand with an eye toward minimizing either the consumption or the impact of the consumption on our overall needs.
We have employed numerous techniques to limit the waste generated by our facilities. A very large component of our solid wood waste is converted and used for home heating rather than being land filled. We re-use packaging materials wherever possible, including building returnable crates and skids, and recycled paper based packaging materials throughout the process. We have committed to a raw material yield management strategy well ahead of our competitors in the industry. The skill and training of our staff have reduced the need for rework to a fraction of industry averages.