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SUSTAINABILITY

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Hallmark Group is committed to the responsible use of resources. 100% of the wood waste from our production process is recovered and recycled; reprocessed into fuel for heating hospitals. 100% of polystyrene waste is recovered and returned to our supplier for recycling.


Our door timber framing is sustainably sourced FSC® (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified pine. Our solid door core material is Environmental Choice certified. Our hollow door core material is FSC® certified. Our door skins are FSC® certified E0-emission MDF.


All our veneers are from environmentally responsible suppliers. Our NZ native veneer is from MPI-approved sustainably harvested timber in accordance with the NZ Forests Act (our suppliers must supply a Sustainable Forest Management Permit and Sustainable Forest
Management Plan). Our overseas timber sources for veneer are covered by a mixture of PEFC, FSC, COC FSC, EcoCert and AFS certifications, harvested in accordance with strict environmental guidelines. Veneer is one of the most environmentally efficient and economical ways to use beautiful timbers because one cubic metre of veneer can cover more than 1,000 m2 of panel surface. We use New Zealand made MDF board and non-hazardous adhesives. Certificates are available upon request.

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The

Environmental Management System

Introduction


Hallmark Group is 100% New Zealand-owned. Our core business is the conversion of timber into products for the New Zealand architectural design and construction sectors, specifically; the production of doors for commercial and residential construction projects, processing raw timber into veneer and manufacture of veneer panels and doors, and the production & distribution of interior decorative products.

Environmental Policy Statement


Hallmark Group is committed to the responsible use of resources. We acknowledge that our business has an impact on the environment and are committed to managing and reducing that impact through the adoption of this environmental policy. To this end we have implemented this Environmental Management System (EMS) to provide a structure for improving our environmental performance. The emphasis of our EMS is on continual review and improvement.

 

Guiding Principles

 

  • We recognise that environmental responsibility today is essential to a sustainable business future.

 

  • We actively seek to minimise the environmental impact of our activities.

 

  • We work in partnership with all stakeholders to promote good environmental practice.

 

  • We comply with all relevant environmental legislation, standards, regulations and codes of practice.

 

  • We employ an environmentally responsible acquisition policy, promoting environmental responsibility through our contracting and purchasing choices. Our purchasing strives to obtain the best value by considering life cycle environmental impacts along with cost and functional performance.

 

  • We promote and embrace principles of waste hierarchy (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, Landfill) to minimise the generation of waste, reduce waste to landfill and prevent pollution to air, water or land.

 

  • We seek to be a respectful neighbour by minimising the impact that our activities, sites and premises have on others.

 

  • We regularly review our operational activities, systems and training to ensure our business practice is aligned with this environmental statement.

 


Key Components of the Hallmark Group Environmental Management System

 

  • High-Level Commitment: Our Board of Directors and Senior Management team is committed to practical continuous improvement in environmental performance, waste minimisation, and the use of all materials efficiently and effectively. 

  • Company-Wide: Hallmark Group has a structure involving all levels of staff through which it implements its environmental policy and improvement objectives. Managers are responsible for ensuring procedures are in place to provide consistent compliance with environmental legislation and regulation, utilise best practice relating to sustainable practice and sourcing, pollution prevention, waste minimisation. All company employees are encouraged to take responsibility in enhancing environmental performance and promoting the efficient use of resources.

 

  • Assessing Environmental Effects: Assessment of the environmental effects of each of Hallmark Group’s operations is continuous. 

 

  • Setting Objectives and Targets: Performance targets are set and are continually reviewed and improved. Specific objectives are:

    • use of timber or wood products from sustainable (managed) forests

    • minimising waste

    • energy efficiency

    • minimising use of toxic materials, solvents and lead-based paints

    • innovation and environmentally beneficial product development

  • Operational Control: To ensure compliance with environmental conditions, production personnel develop operating procedures which outline how certain processes operate, including standards for management of wastes and hazardous substances.

Product Stewardship


Product stewardship is a way of reducing waste and increasing recycling of products at the end of their life, typically relevant to products that cause environmental harm when they become waste or are difficult to recycle. 


Hallmark Group’s products are manufactured to last many decades and are comprised, almost entirely, of wood and wood-derivatives, which, at the end of their intended life, are readily recycled. We encourage our customers to repurpose our products at end of initial life, either themselves or via construction material salvage/recycling merchants. If they can’t be reused or repurposed in their complete state, they are also easily deconstructed and recycled (including our WoolCore doors with its core material being Declare certified as LBC Red List free and 100% recyclable). 


Recycling/salvage/reprocessing plants are found nationwide (please contact us if you require help locating one in your region). We ask all customers to consider the environment and to repurpose or recycle our products at the end of their initial intended life.

 

 

Download the full Hallmark Group Environmental Management System PDF here