If we consider that wood was once used only once before being abandoned in landfills or burned, and that the needs of man, in constant growth, are difficult to meet with the natural cycles without serious imbalances for the environment, then the re-use of a resource in a repeatable manner becomes a crucial factor for sustainable development.
The companies that produce the Ecological Panel are the only ones to take 100% advantage of recycled wood on the entire range of particleboard panels. Every year these companies use 1.5 million tons of reclaimed wood, which saves the equivalent of felling 10,000 trees per day.
However, not all of the used wood can become an Ecological Panel: the raw material is carefully selected and only the wood that presents certain sanitary characteristics is accepted.
In particular, the wood that is used comes from:
The wood undergoes strict quality controls on entry, and is also separated on the basis of its origin (foreign or national). This is to ensure that supplies fulfil chemical-physical requirements in accordance with the highest safety standards.
For both the recycled wood from abroad and that of national origin, the internal control standards of the companies that produce Ecological Panels are more stringent than those provided by European standards:
A production process of certified quality that is unique in the world, supported by constant efforts in research, innovation and processes that allow a positive environmental impact. The technologies of the Mauro Saviola Group are able to process all the collected wood waste (packaging, manufacturing scraps, broken furniture, construction materials etc.).
Once all the checks of a qualitative nature are passed, the material is subjected to a rigorous selection and cleaning process, which separates the wood from any foreign material. The first step is thus to separate all that inevitably ends up in the recycling together with wood: from the sand of the construction site to the nails that end up in the bin…
This technology is a real “factory within a factory”, an entire industrial process – purely mechanical – dedicated to cleaning the material. The so-called “traps”, in fact, allow the separation of everything that is not wood, without using chemical solvents or reagents of any kind: the tank to sink inert materials, such as bricks, the magnets to attract iron, the centrifuges that perform a gravity separation… Even the materials other than wood are recycled. All production scraps (iron, plastic, paper, glass, present in the incoming wood) are sent to companies that recycle them. In iron alone, more than 20,000 tons per year are disposed of.
The woody part that is not exploitable, derived from the sifting and cleaning of the material, is burned to power the processes. But only the wood that can not be recycled is re-used as biomass for generating power. This way electricity and heat energy is produced for use in the production cycle, so as to drastically reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and close the virtuous Reuse-Recycle circle. The result is a pure material, perfectly suitable to being processed to become a panel. The emissions from combustion are regulated by electrostatic filters capable of capturing dust and organic substances with very high efficiency: the Group companies, in fact, have put in place an analytical control plan that provides continuous monitoring that is always available to the competent authorities.