We at Cardinal Shower Enclosures recognize the need to be responsible with our planet's resources. We've set several programs in place in our Green Initiative to reduce waste and reduce our environmental impact.
The average reject rate for glass in the shower door industry is terrible. The current industry average reject rate for a piece of tempered glass, from when it leaves the tempering facility to when it is installed, is 20%. Reasons for rejecting a piece of glass include:
This past year, we expanded our Louisville facility to include a new, state-of-the-art tempering facility. We designed it from the ground up to make quality a top priority. We work to make sure the equipment is in top condition to reduce problems during the manufacturing process, and have implemented several quality-control procedures.
We've invested in high quality glass buffing equipment that works wonders on small scratches on tempered glass, greatly reducing the amount of glass that is rejected and sent to recycling because of scratches. We've also installed special lighting to catch any imperfections or scratches before the glass leaves our facility.
We're extremely proud to say that our team is producing glass with a reject rate of less than 1%. That's a LOT less glass that ends up being discarded. For our customers, it means less trips back to a job site (wasting time, gas and resources) to replace rejected glass.
In the course of making shower enclosures, we end up with a fair amount of scrap glass. This can come from:
We realized we can have a significant impact if we can repurpose this glass before recycling it. We now use as much of the glass as we can in three major areas:
Cutting up the glass into 12" x 18" samples, which we cast on our patterns to provide our dealers with Venetian Cast Glass samples.
We're currently developing our new Rainforest Glass. This is made from pre-recycled strips of 3/8" glass which are melted together on our cast glass patterns. While this glass can't be tempered, it is amazing for use in bar fronts, partitions, etc. It's beautiful and has a lot of motion frozen into the glass.
Our Starphire glass and low-iron Cardinal pattern glass are manufactured with reduced iron content, making it a more environmentally friendly product than traditional clear (float) glass. It reduces the greenish tint that is typical in clear glass that is most evident when viewing the edges of the glass. As normal float glass gets thicker, the green tint becomes more visible. The low-iron glass doesn't distort the true color spectrum the way normal glass can. Here's a list of all the low-iron glass options:
Because of the reduced iron content, the stunning clarity of the low-iron glass makes it an excellent choice when you truly want your clear shower enclosure to seem to disappear.
Cardinal Shower is committed to our recycling programs. From aluminum, broken glass, cardboard and wood, to paper and plastic. We work hard to minimize the waste going into landfills.
In April of 2008 the City of Arlington, TX, launched a recycling initiative to encourage companies in their city to recycle. In December of 2008 our facility in Arlington was honored to join the City of Arlington Green Team for meeting and exceeding the city's recycling goals.
Two years ago we rolled out a real-time GPS vehicle tracking system on our nationwide fleet of trucks. In addition to being able to tell clients when their drivers will arrive by checking drivers' current locations online, we've reduced the carbon footprint of our fleet by:
Because the primary ingredient in glass is Silica (sand, a renewable resource), glass is often referred to as a Green product. In 2008, we launched a new line of Venetian Cast Glass shower enclosure pulls. Using these sorts of pulls instead of the traditional aluminum or brass C-pulls, means less metal on those types of units. While providing our customers with a stunning addition to their enclosures, we're also happy that there's a little less metal and a little more of a renewable resource going out with those shower enclosures.