FormaShape's Initiatives

 
In addition to manufacturing and ISO certification, FormaShape's ™ Initiatives include:
 
Environmentally Friendly FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic)
 
Environmentally Friendly FRP
  • Developing bio-sourced resin and natural fibers
  • Zero waste target
  • Very long product life
  • ISO 14001 certification in process
  • Lean Production
  • Leader in moving to closed mold production; reducing waste, energy, and VOC's
  • Industry leader in waste, energy, and environmental management
FRP panel produced using Ashland’s
bio-sourced ENVIREZ resin

Environmentally Friendly FRP
 

FormaShape's™ Environmental Management System:

ISO 9001: What is it?
  • An Environmental Management System (EMS) framework that is globally recognized
  • A standard specifying a process for controlling and improving a company’s environmental performance
  • Requires that the organization commit itself to regulatory compliance and that it measures compliance on a periodic basis
 
ISO 9001: Benefits?
  • Provides cost savings through the reduction of waste and more efficient use of natural resources (water, gas and fossil fuels).
  • Tightens production processes, yielding higher efficiency
  • Improves internal communications and morale - often leading to sound environmental solutions suggested by staff
 
 
The photos above are some examples of FormaShape's ™ efforts to "do it right," not just let waste go to landfill or evaporate. "Doing it right" is a lesson learned from Lean manufacturing – clean up your waste when you make it (if you have to make it). It's more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly to spend the time and money to deal with waste when it is created. FormaShape™ is also testing acetone replacement products which could eliminate a hazardous solvent from our processes.
 
Recent Accomplishments
  • Reduction of waste to landfill by 50%
  • Increase in recycled materials by 50%
  • Decreased volatile organic compounds by 75% with closed molding
  • Reduction of excess and waste Hazardous Materials stored in yard
  • Reduction of wood waste produced through improved design
 

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