Protecting the environment is one of the most important factors affecting the future of the planet. Most people are now aware of the necessity of preserving and protecting nature in order to ensure our well-being and that of our children. Pollution especially that related to the over-consumption of raw materials has reached alarming levels due to our current lifestyle. That is why at Oklahoma Sound we are constantly striving to minimize the consequences of our activities. At Oklahoma Sound.¬ the quality of our products and the protection of the environment go hand in hand. As a consumer of raw material, we are committed to the use of pre and post consumer waste (recycled material), while preserving the high quality standards of our products. Examples of this include:
Wood - 100% of wood used for our products come from non-boreal forests. Our wood products are produced in a factory that is ISO certified for its Environmental Management System and has been awarded a certificate for the compliance with the standard ISO14001:2004.
Steel - All of the steel used for our products contain 30-40% of post- consumer waste (recycled).
Corrugated containers - Are made of recycled fiber. 100% total recycled content and 90% post consumer content minimum.
Plastic - Our plastic products are made of materials that are recyclable
Powder Coating VS. Liquid Finishes - Our products are powder coated and are highly protective to our environment. While liquid finishes contain solvents which have pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), powder coating contains no solvents and releases negligible amounts, if any, of VOCs into the atmosphere. In addition, most powder coating overspray that does not adhere to the part is retrieved and reused, virtually eliminating the waste commonly found in liquid finishing processes.
Energy - During November 2008, Oklahoma Sound.¬ completed a retrofit of all its lighting (over 800 fixtures), to eco-friendly units, saving 135,586 kWh annually. This reduction in energy consumption has an environmental impact equivalent to removing 20 cars from the road, 84 tons of greenhouse gas (C02) and saving 198 barrels of oil annually!
Solar Energy - As the industry leader in institutional-grade audio-visual furniture, including lecterns, public address systems, computer presentation carts, etc., OS® continues to trailblaze in setting the standard for environmental stewardship. In addition to minimizing its eco footprint in the areas of raw material sourcing, energy consumption & air emissions, OS® is proud to announce a major solar panel installation on the roof of its 200,000 square foot factory facility in its corporate headquarters in Clifton, NJ , completed Summer 2011. Via the installation of a 240KW solar PV system on its roof, we will offset most of the local utility’s need to burn oil and gas for electrical production in the public grid and therefore reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Since we will be generating 80% of the electricity that we use with this system, we have cut our carbon footprint significantly.