OAKWORKS Sustainability Statement

production

Production

 

Oakworks Factory in New Freedom,PA

OAKWORKS® is committed to US manufacturing, which requires adherence to the Environmental Protection Agency's stringent standards for water, air, and waste. U.S. companies that outsource manufacturing to low-cost labor parts areas of the world, such as China, are not held to the same high environmental standards. In addition, companies who import finished goods via container ships from halfway around the world burn large quantities of fuel, contributing heavily to pollution.

OAKWORKS® operates a dry plant that does not produce liquid effluents as a byproduct of manufacturing our products. Factories that produce liquid effluents increase pollution and risk contaminating our streams, rivers, tributaries, and seas, jeopardizing the health and survival of fresh and saltwater ecosystems.

OAKWORKS® uses only water-based finishes, glues and wood stains in its US factory on all of its products to minimize fumes in the production process and eliminate off-gassing in finished goods

OAKWORKS® recycles scrap aluminum and steel.

OAKWORKS® generates a very low volume of scrap material (such as fabric, foam, and wood) when making tables by using computerized machinery that maximizes utilization. Scrap is used in the production of accessories and smaller items whenever possible.

 

 

products

Products

productsOAKWORKS® uses 100% polyurethane (PU) fabrics – no polyvinyl chlorides (PVC) in its spa and massage products. When PVC degrades, it generates dioxins whereas PU fabrics do not. PVC is in the process of being banned in the European Union partially for this reason.

OAKWORKS® uses only 100% CFC (chloroflourocarbons) free foams in its products.

OAKWORKS® sources only responsible hardwoods to manufacture its products, ensuring that wood is procured from managed forest sources. We are a Forest Stewardship Council® registered manufacturing facility and have a line of FSC® certified products. Please call us for details.

Sustainable Forestry Policy

 

 

 

workforce

Workforce

staffsafetyOAKWORKS® U.S. manufacturing associates enjoy a clean, safe work environment with access to company sponsored health insurance plans and the extra protection provided by The Occupational Safety and Hazard's Administration's (OSHA) regulations. This is not true in other parts of the world commonly used as sources for low cost labor manufacturing.

OAKWORKS® maintains very high air quality throughout its plant so that employees have clean air to breathe. This includes a state of the art particulate dust collection system and spray booths designed to ensure fresh air for operators. Our standards meet or exceed OSHA requirements.

OAKWORKS® has created ergonomic workstations for its production employees that include features such as on demand height changes and rotating work surfaces to minimize reaching, which reduces the risk of injury.

OAKWORKS® uses automated production equipment whenever possible to minimize the physical strain on employees during the manufacturing process and prevent repetitive stress injuries.

OAKWORKS® supports local sheltered workshops for the handicapped by outsourcing work that can be done by these groups.

 

 

initiatives

Initiatives

Partnerships:

Trees for the FutureTrees for the Future
In an effort to stop global warming and in order to reduce our carbon footprint, OAKWORKS® has become a Global Cooling Partner of Trees for the Future, a non-profit organization established in 1988 to help reforest the earth. Trees for the Future has created programs which restore forests on degraded lands, thereby improving the overall quality of life of indigenous people in developing countries. Not only do we plant a tree for every table sold, but as part of our sponsorship, an audit has been conducted to determine how many trees need planted to completely offset our carbon footprint. We are now carbon neutral and are committed to taking more steps to minimize our impact on the environment. Help Trees for the Future by visiting www.treesftf.org for more information..

Green Spa NetworkGreen Spa Network
Oakworks is a Corporate Sponsor of this great organization dedicated to education of both Spas and their customers. Visit their site at http://greenspanetwork.org.