We at ARTO feel that stewardship, defined as “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care,” is the most appropriate term to describe the values we hold dear. Like our customers, we make choices when selecting materials that make sense from both an environmental and an economic perspective.
The spirit of conservation pervades our production process and business practices. Practices such as recycling production water and using shredded office paperwork as packaging not only minimize our waste stream but also our costs so we can offer the best possible product at the lowest possible price.
Nearly all raw materials used by ARTO are locally sourced to reduce transportation impacts and our protective foam and cardboard packaging both include large proportions of pre- and post-consumer recycled material.
The vast majority of ARTO products are made to order with a quick lead time with only a few core items stocked to reduce waste and inefficiency. Most surplus material is donated to Habitat for Humanity for resale or use in their projects.
LEED and other third-party environmental certifications are increasingly sought by design professionals and in more and more cases are mandated by federal, state, and local governments. Click here for a detailed summary of how ARTO products can help to contribute points toward LEED certification for their projects.
Although LEED and similar certifications are not currently sought for most projects, especially residential applications, the qualities of ARTO products that contribute to such certifications still provide tangible benefits for owners and end users.
Our most important resource is our people, especially because their hands impart the warmth to ARTO handcrafted products. Advanced dust collection techniques and low-emissions handling equipment provide an exceptionally clean working environment that exceeds industry standards. Regular safety training is supplemented by health insurance for all workers and their families. And, in order to minimize waste from overruns and unsold merchandise, almost all ARTO material is made to order.
The vast majority of raw materials are locally sourced to minimize transportation impacts and our cement is supplied by an Energy Star Certified factory. All products include varying amounts of recycled content and all packaging is manufactured with recycled or reclaimed materials. Our primary goals are to increase recycled content without reducing product quality or locally sourced content and to reduce our waste stream as close to zero as possible.
LONG SERVICE LIFE
Nowadays there is plenty of talk about conservation. ARTO has always believing that offering an exceptionally well made, long lasting product at a fair price is the best way to conserve your own precious resources. Unlike less durable materials the lifespan of ARTO products is measured in decades not years. Unlike static materials that become obsolete as they wear ARTO offers living products that evolve as they develop a lovely patina, further enhancing the material’s character and serving as a record of the life around it.
Every ARTO product is manufactured with concrete, a material with a lifespan measured in decades (or even centuries as some concrete roads built during the Roman Empire are still in service), and fiber-reinforced to prevent breakage during transport and handling. And, if your needs change, ARTO products can be recycled.
ARTO products enhance not only your immediate but also the broader environment. A wide range of colors are certified to reduce heat absorption to provide more comfortable living spaces and reduce energy use. As part of a permeable pavement system ARTO pavers improve site drainage and reduce contaminant runoff into oceans, lakes, and waterways.