L'entreprise Schmidt

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Ingenious design in harmony with nature

Beyond aesthetics, function and cost, a kitchen must do more – it must be eco-friendly. Ingenious design in harmony with nature: That is Schmidt’s promise to you. Proof in four steps.
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Priority to natural materials

The Interior Air Quality Observatory has identified the various types of pollution stemming from materials used in homes. Formaldehyde, substance present in wood-based panels, is a particular target. Indeed, submitted to a high temperature or a high humidity level, it becomes volatile and toxic. To avoid it, look for eco-labels, in particular the NF Environnement Ameublement logo. Schmidt kitchens, certified NF Environnement, are built with particle board with very low formaldehyde rates: two times less than the standard! Priority is given to natural materials that are harmless to humans and to the environment and are fully renewable.

2

Precious woods

Purchasing quality also means measuring all the forms of energy, materials, water, waste, and pollution that go into the manufacture of a product, its use, and its upkeep, but also its destruction, disassembly and recycling. So, when you choose a Schmidt kitchen, you’re choosing carcases made from wood from sustainably managed forests. Sustainable forest management is a balance over the very long term among economic activities, environmental protection and social progress. You contribute to preserving biodiversity. You also limit emissions of greenhouse-effect gases, which cause global warming.

3

100% recyclable

Did you know ? Schmidt has gradually got rid of non recyclable PVC
ranges and is implementing the three Rs rule:
REDUCE
REUSE
RECYCLE
Recyclable polypropylene is being used in its place. It's resistant,
great quality and completely recyclable.
Great for the environment and an excellent waste reduction plan.

4

Local service and quality go hand in hand

Our designers work at two levels: helping our customers achieve a more responsible lifestyle, and finding sustainable product-design solutions. Principles shared with our suppliers, who are also assessed according to environmental criteria. An example: a refrigerator-unit back that uses straw, resin and recycled polypropylene. A part designed in collaboration with a local supplier to reduce the effects of transport. In the same way, Schmidt offers you a broadened range of some twenty models of units with sliding waste bins to optimise waste sorting.

PEFC certification

(Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes). It is a certification that is recognized internationally which guarantees that over 70% of the wood used by the company is from sustainably managed forests. Choosing a Schmidt product is contributing to the well-being of our forests! Schmidt obeys manufacturing and control rules and guarantees wood traceability from the forest to the consumer.