2020-10-08

The road towards a more sustainable kitchen front

Foto: IKEA

When several small steps became one huge leap on the road towards a more sustainable kitchen front. All of this because of our common goal to reduce our ecological footprint.

To talk about sustainability is in many ways complicated but in the same way very simple. We always have the next generation in mind, and this leads us in our choices towards a more sustainable manufacturing process and product. The raw material development is rapidly moving forward to keep up with the ambition towards a fossil-free and sustainable society. But it’s not enough just to monitor individual material choices, we also make investments in renewable energy.

Together we move much faster towards a reduced ecological footprint. We’re surrounded by partners and customers that have the same aspiration and that provides us with the opportunity to test new materials in our products and to make more sustainable production choices all the way to the end customer.

- We try to make sustainability a competitive advantage, together with our suppliers and customers Johan Engström says, Business Development Manager for Spaljisten AB

Our most sustainable kitchen front so far

The front
The foundation for the kitchen front is a chipboard. We have reduced the weight by 4 % compared to a standard chipboard without compromising the quality. In addition, the board is produced with 90% recycled wood, which has a major impact on the environment. In this case, it means that many trees can remain in the forest, where they should be.

Front side foil
Recycling used PET bottles and to reuse the material has been done in many different industries for several years. Together with the technical development we have been able to participate in developing the next generation of foil using recycled PET-plastic (Polyethylene terephthalate). This foil is now even more scratch-resistant and contains less raw material than ever before, more than 90%.

Backside foil & edge band
Both the backside foil and the edge band consist of recycled PP (Polypropylene) and the recycled share is greater than 50%.

The production
We made a huge step in reducing our carbon dioxide emissions when we chose to use only locally produced renewable energy for our 35,000 square meter factory. Since 2019, wind power has been responsible for the electricity supply and Spaljisten's total electricity needs are produced by three different power plants in the immediate area.

 

– The sustainability perspective is integrated into our everyday lives and goes hand in hand with our business strategies. We want Spaljisten to be a contributing and active player in these issues in the future, both for our owners, customers, suppliers, employees and society at large Florim Albborn says, CEO of Spaljisten AB.

 

I samband med att tekniken utvecklas har vi kunnat vara med och ta fram nästa generation folie av återvunnen PET-plast

Together with the technical development we have been able to participate in developing the next generation of foil using recycled PET-plastic (Polyethylene terephthalate). 

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