Throughout the year, we often get questions on the sustainability of our bollards. Today, being Earth Day, we’d like to spend some time discussing our commitment to the environment and what that may mean to our customers….
At Reliance Foundry, we’re committed to environmental sustainability and we’ve made stewardship of the environment a core principle of our business. Being North America’s premier supplier of bollards, we believe that Reliance Foundry can play a role in creating a more sustainable environment and we’ve made producing environmentally friendly bollards a top priority. As well as being good for the environment, we realize that policies and practices that support “green” initiatives contribute to the success of both our business and yours. In order to bolster our environmental commitment, a plan has been implemented and we’ve identified three areas of focus:1. Reducing the environmental impact of our daily business operations
At Reliance Foundry, we have implemented environmentally-friendly practices that reduce the environmental footprint of our bollard production and distribution. We use "green", recycled and recyclable products in our facility and have instituted a comprehensive recycling program. Unless specifically requested, our customers are invoiced only electronically, creating a completely paper-free transaction. We are conscious of the energy we consume in the preparation of our bollards and systems have been introduced to enhance energy and materials conservation. Our facility is conveniently located along a major bus route and bicycle storage is provided for employees.
Wherever possible, Reliance Foundry’s bollards are created from recycled material and almost every bollard and post cover in our catalogue is recyclable. Every product offered by Reliance Foundry is designed to provide an exceptionally long service life with reduced maintenance requirements. Many bollards are finished with an environmentally safe powder-coating that reduces the likelihood of peeling and chipping. In the unlikely event that a finish does begin to chip, a Reliance bollard can be refinished in the field with a low VOC coating. Most bollards in the Reliance catalogue can be cleaned easily, with only water, and do not require the use of environmentally harmful cleaning agents. We offer replacement parts that can often be used to extend the life of vandalized or damaged bollards thus reducing waste. All of Reliance Foundry’s products are shipped in packaging that is composed of partially recycled material that is for the most part also recyclable.3. Supplying and developing products that allow our customers to further “green” initiatives.
At Reliance Foundry, we provide products that contribute to sustainable design initiatives. Most of our products can be used in applications that create walkable and bikeable traffic routes, outdoor places of respite, and urban green spaces. From bollards to bike lockers, our products help to create more sustainable and livable environments. We’re constantly looking for innovative ways to further the ecofriendly reach of our bollards. Reliance products can contribute to LEED and other sustainable design initiatives and we are happy to support project teams with documentation for compliance with any “green” code or rating system.
As our business continues to grow, we will continue to search for new ways to advance our environmental objectives and to promote the concept of sustainability. We’re confident that the changes that we’ve made and programs we’ve introduced are having a positive effect. As always, at Reliance Foundry, we remain committed to adapting to meet the changing needs of our customers… and the environment. Happy Earth Day!
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