As savvy homeowners, it’s natural to request for high quality, eco-friendly raw materials, combined with precised machine carpentry for a long lasting kitchen experience.
We work with trusted, environmentally responsible partners to provide you with the finest quality MFC Eurodekor raw boards.
Coupled with our high standards of ultra-low formaldehyde emission, our eco-friendly material also provides a healthier living space for you and your loved ones.
A note on Formaldehyde Emission
Formaldehyde is a colourless gas with a pungent odour. It can be found in traditionally processed wood boards and can be present in your built-in kitchen furniture.
The formaldehyde emission are found to be 10 times higher than the acceptable limit (0.1ppm) in unregulated wood material.
If you have ever experienced watery eyes, headache, nausea, coughing, breathlessness or respiratory irritation when you moved into a newly renovated house, you’ve probably experienced the short term effects of formaldehyde emission.
Such emissions in the short term, under low exposure will not cause permanent health issues.
However, formaldehyde is known to linger over longer periods of time. Your home environment can become potentially hazardous to children, elderly and pregnant women if this were to occur.
And it gets worse in an enclosed environment, for example in an air conditioned room.
Individuals who are sensitive to formaldehyde can experience severe side effects. Research studies also suggest that long term, high level exposure may increase the risk of cancer.
Building and Construction Authority’s guideline for good indoor air quality is to have formaldehyde less than 0.1ppm.
Vivant uses raw materials with ultra-low formaldehyde emission rated at 0.03 – 0.04 ppm.
This is similar to the amount of formaldehyde found naturally in our environment.
Environmentally Friendly Raw Material
To build an eco-friendly kitchen, we have to start from the fundamentals –environmentally friendly raw materials.
Vivant uses MFC raw boards produced using transparent, sustainable processes.
Here’s how our boards are produced:
Our pursue for sustainability starts at the beginning of the production chain – selection of sustainable forestry.
As a renewable material, wood is sustainable. Coupled with a nature friendly management, forestry and harvesting processes, we can ensure that our supply of wood remains sustainable and of high quality. All our wood are purchased within the scopes of various global certified forest systems like the EUTimberReg.
Our partners actively monitor compliance and are able to trace the origins of our wood all the way back to the original standing tree.
Our partners have invested and developed fully integrated sawmills that allow for efficient and environmentally friendly timber production and transport processes.
This system saves up to 5800 of lorry transports annually.
Wood Materials Production & Upgrading
To continually improve the environmental performance of their production process, our partners rely on internationally certified energy and environmental management systems in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 50001.
Products Environmental Performance Assessment
To achieve transparency, our production processes are recorded thoroughly.
For this reason, all environmentally relevant data concerning our materials shared in their Environmental Product Declaration (EPDs). EPDS contain all environmentally material information, including:
- Product descriptions
- Certificates & test reports of product characteristics
- Components Manufacturing processes
- Environmental Performance Assessment
- Resource management
With the EPDs, our contractors, designers and clients can easily identify the environmental impact of the materials. This knowledge allows us to contribute to sustainable kitchen construction.
Up to 30% of the wood in our chipboards is recycling material. These recycling materials are derived from furniture, pallets, wooden packaging materials, construction and demolition that meets the requirements of our inspection systems;
Our partners utilise a stringent inspection process to ensure all contaminated wood is removed before the production of these chipboards.
By-products and rejected wood waste are used to generate environmentally friendly heat and electricity.
This keeps waste to a minimum and gives us confidence in the environmentally friendly status of our materials.
Any biogenic fuels not used in products will not be wasted. They are transformed into heat and environmentally friendly electricity. Through this process, we avoid about 746,000 tons CO2 emissions per year.
In total, approximately three-quarters of our CO2 emissions for energy generation come from renewable, CO2-neutral fuels.