Statement of Sustainability Commitment

MDC Wallcoverings is deeply committed to providing the most Environmentally Preferred Products from the most responsible of manufacturers. We will not only comply with all applicable laws, policies and regulations which govern environmental awareness, we will expand that commitment to encompass the choices of product which we select to distribute.

Each of those will be manufactured by facilities using the same sustainable approaches we endorse and each will reference the key elements of the NSF/ANSI 342 standard for environmentally preferable wallcovering products.

We will not stop at threshold improvements. MDC has implemented recycling systems for both pre and post consumer waste. Those are designed to constantly reduce not only those waste streams, but to reduce the pollution levels connected to them. We also have dedicated ourselves to documented reductions in energy and water consumption. The overarching goal is to identify and implement the ways in which we, and our vendors, might contribute to the next generation of wallcovering.

Green Goes with Everything

In another effort to achieve our sustainability goals, we are proud to participate in UPS' carbon-neutral packing and shipping program. Through this UPS program, we're able to calculate and offset the climate impact of the carbon dioxide emissions that result from shipping product samples. MDC purchases carbon offsets that support a variety of forestry and clean water initiatives. So when you order a sample from MDC, you're helping us make the world a little greener.

We strive to continually improve all lifecycle elements of our products: creation, transport, installation and eventual replenishment into the lifecycle stream. We will coordinate with each manufacturer to first identify and then improve the best practice methods and environmental impact of each phase.

MDC is not quiet about this desire. Our internal improvements are brought forth through the ongoing commitment of our employees and all other critical stakeholders. External sourcing is scrutinized and evaluated on a constant basis. No aspect of our business will escape this environmental review. This is not a checklist, this is our ongoing initiative to continually expand upon our current goals and by doing so, deepen our environmental commitment.

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Sustainability Objectives and Targets

The targets outlined in 2019 were as follows and results of the efforts are indicated:

  • #1 (15 points) Objective: Reduce the amount of waste leaving the building in a dumpster while Increasing the quantity of waste leaving the building through various recycling options.
    • Target: Increase recycling by 5% over previous year.
    • Result: Efforts to secure source capable of weighing options are ongoing.  Volume of commingled recycling has grown somewhat and alternate recycling options have grown consistently .
  • #2 (12 points) Objective: Eliminate the disposal of recyclable vinyl trim and sampling.
    • Target: Increase percentage of internally generated vinyl scrap being returned to manufacturer for recycling into new wallcovering.
    • Result: Scraps from cutting samples are being collected and returned to the manufacturer for recycling into new wallcovering.  During the course of 2015, 9,490 pounds were returned for processing.  This is an increase of 92.4% over 2014.
  • #3 (10 points) Objective: Reduce the quantity of outdated sampling ending up in a landfill
    • Target: MDC will donate non-recyclable wallcovering samples to ZeroLandfill Chicago
    • Result: MDC founded and continues to financially support ZeroLandfill Chicago. In 2015 MDC donated ​512 pounds of outdated materials to ZeroLandfill that were placed in the hands of underfunded educators and artists.
  • #4 (10 points) Objective: Reduce the quantity of kWh used by the corporate headquarters
    • Target: Educate and encourage employees to minimize electricity being used throughout the course of daily business. Replace outdated equipment with current, more energy efficient models.
    • Result: Despite growth in sales and consequent employees needed to manage the growth, energy usage in MDC’s corporate headquarters continues to trend down. The decrease is attributed to vigilant sourcing of upgraded equipment and simultaneous education of employees on energy saving practices with a total of 1.25% reduction over the previous year.

      Additionally, MDC has purchased RECs and offsets to reduce the impact of 100% of its energy use.


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