Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), adopted in February 2003 by the European Union, is intended to reduce the effect of hazardous waste created by electronic products on the environment. The directive took effect on July 1st, 2006, and places clear restrictions on the use of six hazardous materials used in the manufacture of electronic and electrical components.
While each European Union member state has adopted its own enforcement and implementation policies using the directive as a guideline, the six substances now restricted are listed across-the-board as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium VI, and PBB and PBDE, both of which are used as flame retardants in some plastics.
All Quilter Products meet the requirements of European Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Additionally, all Quilter products are China RoHS, Korea RoHs and Taiwan RoHS compliant.
As responsible members of the business community, it is our desire and pledge to leave the environment better than we found it. As consumers of the earth’s resources, we consider it our responsibility to reduce and if possible eventually eliminate the environmental impact of our manufacturing processes.
As a matter of policy, Quilter complies with all applicable environmental regulations. This includes (but is not limited to) global environmental laws, such as EU RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC), EU WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC), China RoHS, Korean RoHS, U.S. Federal and State Environmental Laws and various resource recycling promotion laws around the world.
At Quilter we follow the Three R’s:
The best thing that we can do for the planet is to use less of it. Reduce refers to lessening the amount of items or resources that are consumed, using only the amount that is needed, and looking for alternatives that will lessen our use. This includes purchasing durable, long-lasting goods; products and packaging that are as free of toxins as possible; and redesigning products to use fewer raw materials. Quilter uses several different types of source reduction packaging and janitorial supplies. One of our primary goals is to design products that conserve resources and energy while producing more efficient, thinner, and lighter products - without compromising the performance.
When making purchasing decisions, we consider items that are durable and reusable. Extending the life of a product or repurposing an item rather than discarding it is an effective means of reuse. This is considered to be even better than recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again. By reusing products you can keep operational costs down and do your part to be environmentally friendly. Quilter Reuses products such as loosefill material, for cushioning; it requires no maintenance, and reduces inventory space. Quilter also has reusable containers that are returned to suppliers for the next delivery.
Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources that can be used to make new products. In addition, it generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits. It is significantly better than throwing materials away which then get sent to landfills. Recycling also includes buying products with recycled content. In order to make recycling feasible, we must buy recycled products and packaging. By doing so, we create a benefit, both economical and environmental. Purchasing products made from, or packaged in recycled materials saves resources for future generations. As we all know all good things come to an end but before you dump your packaging into a landfill try recycling. For the many materials that cannot be eliminated through source reduction or be as effective this is where recycling comes in. Quilter products replaced with newer systems can be retired to other venues or become rental systems. By recycling our package, materials and supplies we minimize the amount of waste generation by recovering and reprocessing usable products.
The acronym REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals. REACH takes precedence over most pre-existing EU Chemical Regulations. The requirements of 76/769/EEC and 67/548/EEC are carried over into REACH. REACH applies to all substances that are used in quantities of greater than 1 tonne per year per importer or producer with an implementation time line that stretches from 2007 to 2018. The responsible party for REACH is the manufacturer (if based in the EU) or the importer. The threshold quantities apply per manufacturer or importer, not per product line.
There are two main scenarios where Quilter , LLC may be affected by REACH. These are:
Quilter has conducted an assessment of the regulations and has determined that our current product offerings do not fall into category 1. Accordingly, we foresee no registration or authorization requirement for the products we produce. With regard to category 2, the requirements of Article 33 of REACH: Duty to communicate information on substances in articles; we declare no knowledge of any of the SVHCs are present in Quilter’s products except for lead monoxide and DEHP in quantities totaling in a concentration equal or above 0.1%. As new products are designed and released, and the SVHC list is updated, Quilter will continue to monitor the components and subassemblies to ensure compliance.
Statement of CARB Compliance
The CARB rules were phased in during 2011, Quilter wants to make you aware of what we have done to meet this Rule. We have accomplished the following:
Quilter has been supplying fabricated products containing composites that comply with the labeling, emission and certification requirements of the rule since January 1, 2010.
Quilter certifies that all Quilter products containing MDF or Hardwood Plywood comply with CARB Phase 2 formaldehyde emission standards in CCR 93120.2(a).
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