Sub-Zero has been committed to being compatible with the environment since its inception more than 60 years ago. As pioneers in Dual Refrigeration, we know that our operating system is the best in the industry. We created it to keep food fresher while using less energy in the long run.
For instance, with Dual Refrigeration, if an item is removed from the refrigerator, a dedicated compressor restores the ideal temperature and humidity without taxing the freezer side. Foods are treated equal and last much longer.
- Research has shown that the average family throws away more than $600 annually with single compressor units. With Sub-Zero Dual Refrigeration, that number is cut in half.
- Sixteen of our more popular units – BI-36R, the BI36F, BI-30U, BI-36U, BI-42S, BI-48S, 736TR, 736TFI, IC-27R, IC-27F, 700BR, 700BC, 700BF, UC-24R and UC-24RO – that are Energy Star compliant.
- Our largest units only cost pennies a day to operate. The largest unit even uses less power than a 100-watt light bulb.
Our commitment to the environment extends even further to our manufacturing process. We are good stewards for the environment.
75% of stainless steel and 30% of galvanized steel used in our products is made from recycled materials.
- All scrap plastic used in manufacturing is reused, while 50 percent of the plastic used in our units is recycled content as well.
- Our manufacturing facilities use a chilled water storage system to charge building cooling systems at night when utilities are operating most efficiently, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- We work with numerous vendors to ensure their compliance and adherence to “green” initiatives. One of the more innovative programs involves our printers of literature and shipping containers and the Forest Stewardship Council to prevent the depletion of our natural forests.
The list could go on and on, but we would like to conclude with one major factor for consideration when thinking of our responsibility to the environment. We manufacture all of our refrigeration units in the United States. None of our manufacturing facilities are outside of the United States. And when you consider the carbon footprint of our products, we are second to none.
The definition of “green” can be extremely difficult to establish. Consider an incident reported in the August 2, 2007 edition of the Wall Street Journal by Sara Schaefer Munoz:
“Jeanine Van Voorhees wanted to do her part for the environment when she bought a $1,000 energy-saving washing machine. But her clothes came out covered in cat hair and her whites were dingy. She resorted to washing some loads twice.
‘I curse that machine every time,’ says Ms. Van Voorhees, a retired nurse practitioner from North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Amid concerns about energy consumption, Americans are increasingly encouraged to buy energy efficient appliances. But while some of the latest products can offer significant energy and water savings, they can be double the price – or have kinks that can result in clothes and dishes needing to be washed twice.”
The article states later that “environmental advocates point out that the biggest energy sucks aren’t washing machines and dishwashers. Many consumers don’t realize that an energy-guzzling plasma TV can off-set the energy-savings of kitchen appliances. A conventional TV consumes about 130 watts of power per hour, while a 42-inch plasma consumes more than twice as much, or around 350 watts per hour”, according to Tom Reddoch, manager of energy use for the Electric Power Research Institute, a Palo Alto, Calif., nonprofit organization that promotes the adoption of energy-efficient practices.
The biggest Sub-Zero unit uses 747 Kwh a year.
Everything needs to be put into the proper context to evaluate objectively. In addition to the major initiatives listed above, Sub-Zero has accomplished the following:
- Implemented the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance for all products sold internationally.
- Significantly reducing VOC emissions at all of our manufacturing facilities by eliminating painting and utilizing more environmentally responsible coatings.
- Obtaining a category rating of “Small Quantity Generator” by the EPA, based on the small amount of hazardous waste generated in our manufacturing process.
- Substantially reducing the use of ozone forming hydrocarbon solvents in our facilities.
- Adhering to the International Plant Protection Convection’s (IPPC) ISPM 15 guidelines governing the treatment of solid wood packaging, which was designed to standardize requirements and meet the pest eradication needs of the 118 countries that were the original signatories to the agreement.
- Participed in the EPA’s 33/50 program, a voluntary business/government environmental partnership program.
- Partnering with international distributors to become aligned with the international WEEE recycling standard.
- Recylcing of all aluminum, cardboard, plastics and office paper in all office environments.
Again, we could list many other activities we have identified as priorities. We want you to understand how complicated these tasks are for any company and how we are addressing them in a systematic way to improve the environment and protect it for all of our children’s children.