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Sustainability

Enriching the planet and its people is
everything we do.

As a company founded by a landscape architect and outdoor enthusiast, sustainability, stewardship and a profound respect for natural spaces are deeply rooted in our company DNA. Our stated purpose is to “Enrich Outdoor Spaces,” and environmental stewardship is part and parcel of achieving this purpose.

Today, we strive to be a model for others in our industry, so collectively we all make a significant contribution to preserving our planet for future generations. Design, Culture and Craft—the three pillars at the core of Landscape Forms—are all backed by a strong sense of environmental accountability that drives us in every aspect of our business: product development, materials, facilities, manufacturing, supply chain, and people.

556 t

Recycled Waste

In 2020, we recycled 566 tons of metals, wood scrap/cardboard, plastic and industrial waste.

85%

Reusing Recycled Content

Out of our 200 products with defined recycled content percentages, 85% are made with post-consumer and/or post-industrial recycled content.

150 mi

Local = Low Impact

The majority of our steel and extruded aluminum originates from mills and plants within 150 miles of our facility.

80%

Lighting Energy Reduction

Our facilities have also gone all LED for our lighting, reducing our energy consumption from lighting by more than 80 percent.

Our Products

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  • Durable is sustainable

    • Our products are designed and engineered to withstand the rigors of natural environment and heavy use to live long, successful lives in outdoor landscapes. The durability, longevity and low maintenance of our products is instrumental to the responsible stewardship of the earth’s resources.
  • Lighting for the people and the planet

    • We design lighting to support both the health of the planet and its people. High quality lighting components—from internal electronics, to LEDs, to surge protection—allow the luminaires to last longer without the need for replacement.

      Our lighting fixtures utilize aluminum heat sinks because 1) aluminum an efficient conductor of heat and 2) it is easily and infinitely recyclable.

      Many of our lights are International Dark Sky Approved fixtures. These fixtures protect our night skies from harmful light pollution—actively reducing glare, light trespass and skyglow which can impact many aspects of the natural environment from crop yield to animal migration.

      We design lighting to be acutely mindful of pedestrian safety and human wellbeing. Excessive blue light can be harmful to human health, altering a person’s circadian rhythm. So we utilize correlated color temp LEDs set below the temperature of moonlight as to not impact sleep and light-temperature-guided hormone cycles.
  • We use recycled material wherever possible

    • Out of our 200 products with defined recycled content percentages, 85 percent are made with post-consumer and/or post-industrial recycled content, and of those, more than half are made with majority recycled material. In our packing and shipping, we use corrugated board made with recycled material and utilize a Box-On-Demand custom-size box system to further reduce to use of new shipping material.

Our Process

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  • Leaner is always greener

    • We follow Kaizen principles of continuous improvement across all aspects of the company—from the corner office to the manufacturing floor. The Kaizen approach offers inherent environmental benefits to business operations and is a useful tool for waste reduction and pollution prevention. At the end of the day, increased efficiency will always be key to the sustainable use of finite resources.
  • We’re all-in on recycling

    • All steel, aluminum, wood scrap and sawdust generated in our manufacturing processes is recycled, some using specialized recycling processes. Ninety nine percent of the water used in our manufacturing process is also recycled.
  • Sustainability is in the smarter use of materials

    • In our wood furniture, we purposely utilize species that weather naturally and don’t require paint or finishes. And for materials that do require coating, we think it’s important that all finishes are free of lead, free of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), does not generate hazardous waste, and contains less than 1% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Once processed these trace VOCs are fully inert and therefore cause no emission into the environment.
  • We go local to lower our impact

    • We give preference to local material suppliers and vendor services to significantly reduce the environmental impacts resulting from extended transportation. The majority of our steel and extruded aluminum originates from mills and plants within 150 miles of our facility, and we make sure all suppliers from whom we source material are regularly audited for responsible environmental practices.

Our People

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  • Our efforts start at home

    • As our facilities expand and evolve, implementing leading sustainability solutions is always a driving motivation. Our 50,000-square-foot office expansion in 2000 incorporated many large-scale changes to reduce its impact, including breaking up heat islands and leveraging site orientation to maximize energy conservation. We have also gone all LED for our lighting, reducing our energy consumption from lighting by more than 80 percent.
  • Local change has global effects

    • We believe that when we support our local communities, collectively we can enhance global social and environmental sustainability in big ways. We support local businesses wherever possible throughout our supply chain, and we invest in our local Kalamazoo workforce by offering a diverse range of opportunities for professional development and mobility. For our local landscape, we participate in the Michigan Adopt-A-Highway Program, sponsoring a two-mile stretch of highway in our community, and we partner with the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy to help maintain the Chipman Preserve, a 228- acre park with six miles of trails.
  • Working together to put people and our planet first

    • We recently teamed up with Bell’s Brewery and other local Kalamazoo-area businesses to help keep more plastics out of our landfills. Because many small businesses don’t meet minimum quantity requirements for large-scale recyclers, the recycling “co-op” pools and bales recyclables from smaller operations to ensure these materials stay out of landfills.
Working together to put people and our planet first.

Landscape Forms is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, a global movement that pairs businesses with approved environmental nonprofits, creating high-impact partnerships that amplify the influence of their members’ giving. We believe it is our duty to best nurture our planet and drive environmental stewardship in as many ways as we can, but we also recognize that we can’t just do it alone.

By joining together with others to share in our success, we can create a bigger and farther-reaching positive impact on our environment than what we as a business alone could achieve. We have pledged our donations to the Landscape Architecture Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to increase the impact of landscape architects in creating a more sustainable future.