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The Green Philosophy of KE

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2 May 2020

The Green Philosophy of KE

KE - a BAT Group company - has always paid special attention to the issue of environmental sustainability and the use of renewable and safe sources, with the utmost respect for the environment. A production philosophy that embodies the values of a company that has chosen to make its corporate responsibility also a social responsibility: the security of imprinting the work with the utmost care towards the territory and the environment.

To further support this corporate commitment, KE is one of the partners of FederlegnoArredo (FLA), which since 1945 has supported the development of Italian companies in the sector, promoting the excellence of Made in Italy in the world.

Some of the most significant aspects of KE production are:

The use of aluminum, a permanent material

KE awnings and pergolas are made with aluminum components, the green material par excellence. Aluminum was chosen because:
  • It can be 100% recycled without any loss of its properties and with a reduced environmental impact;
  • It has a closed cycle because it can be reused indefinitely, generating significant savings in water and energy;
  • It is an always available resource.

Reuse of textile waste to achieve new sustainability goals

The life of the fabric fibers can also be extended. An aspect that is very dear to KE, which wants to guarantee its customers a sun awning or a pergola entirely made according to a green perspective. Suffice it to say that for every awning made, about 10% of the fabric becomes waste.

Hence the idea of creating a consortium among the main manufacturers of curtains to be able to collect the waste and use it again to create a regenerated fiber - Raytent by Giovanardi - entirely obtained from waste acrylic fabrics.

Raytent fabric is 100% mass-dyed acrylic fiber, 50% of which comes from the mechanical recycling of manufacturing waste consisting of mass-dyed acrylic fabrics, designed according to the principles of the green economy to limit the environmental impact , both to reduce CO2 emissions and to reduce the use of chemicals and water in the production phase.

KE makes its own and shares this commitment in seeking new solutions for an increasingly aware production chain that is closer to the themes of sustainability and the circular economy, while ensuring maximum performance and attention to detail for each of its outdoor solutions.

ISO 14001 certification

KE is ISO 14001 certified for environmental management in order to monitor the environmental impacts of our activities, systematically seeking improvement in a coherent, effective and above all sustainable way.
Some of the aspects involved in the certification are, for example, emissions into the atmosphere (for example from welding or painting plants), waste water, hazardous substances (compliant labeling, safe transport, etc.), hazardous waste (e.g. used oils, paint scraps, etc.).

The materials, mechanisms and production processes are certified by the most rigorous bodies. In addition to respecting the CE product markings EN 13561 and EN 1090, KE has obtained the certification of the integrated management system, quality and safety and the environment.

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