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Saving the Environment, One Baseboard at a Time

Commitment to Environment

With over 70 years of history in the market, Santa Luzia Mouldings is one of the Americas’ leaders in green building materials. We have the capacity to transform large amounts of plastic residues into environmentally friendly mouldings, baseboards, and trims. Santa Luzia Mouldings believes in maintaining a strong environmental legacy and leaving a clean planet for children. By recycling plastics and promoting the construction of environmentally friendly buildings and communities, Santa Luzia Mouldings hopes to make the world a greener place.

The Santa Luzia Recycling Process

For more than 60 years, Santa Luzia Mouldings used wood as a raw material for its products. In 2002, the company pivoted and began to use recycled plastic residues to achieve new, eco-friendly economic and social objectives. Since then, it has turned over more than 45 million pounds of plastics including polystyrene (EPS or PS Foam) and polyurethane (PU). These include residues of dozens of companies as well as recycled goods collected by residues collectors’ cooperatives.

There are almost 60 thousand tons of PS Foam and 335 thousand tons of polyurethane produced per year in Brazil. The amount of waste and pollution generated by these materials pushed Santa Luzia to begin using recycled PS Foam and polyurethane as the basis for their products. In 2016, Santa Luzia Mouldings recycled 12 million pounds of PS Foam, saving the equivalent of more than 87 thousand trees. The company also recycled 275 thousand pounds of polyurethane, or the equivalent of almost 21 thousand refrigerators.

Environmental Impact

Global warming and environmental pollution is a scientific reality that must be confronted regardless of one’s political viewpoint. Every conscientious citizen is concerned about the drivers of environmental degradation, one of which is wood logging. Several experts are urging the use of non-wood material in construction as a means of preventing deforestation. One solution is to use wood composites which use a smaller proportion of wood. However wood agglomerates have traditionally released volatile organic compounds due to the use of formaldehyde for wood pressing. This deteriorates air quality and is harmful for the environment.

Santa Luzia baseboards and mouldings are produced from polystyrene waste and the products are recyclable too. They do not add to de-forestation or create additional greenhouse emissions. They also have very low VOC indices, making them a superior environmental choice to wood composites. The baseboards produced by the company are also aesthetically pleasing and do not suffer in quality compared to wood.

Accolades and Awards

Santa Luzia Mouldings is a member of Green Building Council in Brazil and USA. It also carries the RGMat label, the first sustainability certificate for building materials in Brazil. Created in 2012 by the Carlos Alberto Vanzolini Foundation and the Industrial Engineering Department of Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo (USP), the certificate allows construction companies, distributors and consumers to safely choose more sustainable building materials. RGMat provides important information concerning the environmental performance of materials for green construction.

Santa Luzia facilitates the certification analysis of the degree of sustainable materials in each project by providing relevant information on how its products are made. Therefore, the moulding lines and other profiles made from recycled polystyrene (EPS or PS Foam) can now be more easily counted in the score of sustainable building projects.

Felipe Faria

CEO – Green Building Council Brasil www.gbcbrasil.org.br

"Santa Luzia Mouldings' success story is an example to be followed. Its business model aligns economic development with mitigation of negative socio-environmental impacts and maximizes positive impacts. Not only does it reduce the use of natural resources, but improves the quality of life and well-being of its customers and community. Acquiring solutions from Santa Luzia means investing in waste treatment, in development of the local economy, and in the regions of cooperative activity, besides betting on a leadership that proves to the designer world that beauty must be accompanied with sustainability and functionality, or else risk getting outdated. Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declaration are the primary necessities of the global sustainable building movement. We are very happy and grateful to have Santa Luzia lead from the front, the so-called Economy of the Future."

LEED Info and Assistance

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Each building system should be evaluated in accordance with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), an international certification system and environmental orientation for buildings used in 143 countries. Santa Luzia is available to guide and answer questions about the requirements and documents necessary for credit confirmation as well as the specific requirements of each system for accreditation. The following table specifies the categories and credits that Santa Luzia Recycled Polystyrene Profiles can contribute for LEED Certification.