Process

Process

Meisel strives to improve the manufacturing processes to further our sustainability objectives. This includes the reduction of harmful emissions, recycling of wastage from internal manufacturing processes, reduction in material usage through yield improvement and waste reduction, and pretreatment of effluent.

  • Green Team – The foundation of Meisel’s green initiative is our “Green Team” which is comprised of representatives from different departments. This group holds monthly meetings to discuss the progress and direction of all of our best practices regarding waste prevention, energy conservation, and product development. The “Green Team” also tracks Meisel’s sustainability metrics and supports our certification efforts. During Meisel’s quarterly meetings, the “Green Team” gives recommendations and seeks input regarding all future green initiatives.
     
  • Electronic International Shipping Documents – Meisel electronically transmits the commercial invoice and as needed the NAFTA certificate to the selected shipment carrier for all international orders. Once the shipment reaches its destination, the foreign custom agents are able to view the documents electronically and determine the required taxes and duties. This process allows us to do our part in to save trees and remove our company from an unnecessarily large amount of wasted paperwork, which can be up to six sheets of wasted paper for every international shipment.
     
  • Recycled Materials – Throughout our manufacturing and packaging process, Meisel uses supplies that are made from recycled materials as much as possible. We purchase corrugated pads made from up to 60% recycled material, and then use just the right amount to make the perfect size box for our shipments, thus creating less waste. Meisel also purchases used toner cartridges refilled by the manufacturer for our desktop printers.
     
  • By-Product Disposal – Some materials that we must use to produce the products we sell pose some limited risks if improperly used. These items cannot be recycled and also need to be managed before disposal. Meisel goes out of its way to carefully dispose of these items. For example, before disposing of our used photo chemistry, we pretreat it by removing the silver ions that are a natural by-product of the photo process. We use electrolysis to "plate out" (remove) the silver. We then have two more passive plating steps that take place to remove any final particles of silver before the waste enters the sewer. We are not a large generator of waste but we do participate in voluntary testing to make sure that the concentration of silver remaining in our waste is far below allowable levels. In past years, Meisel has been awarded the City of Dallas Water Department’s "Blue Thumb" award in recognition of our exemplary compliance with laws and regulations.
     
  • Recycling Efforts – Recycling is the most efficient and beneficial green initiative available today, and Meisel does everything it can to embrace recycling wherever possible. Here are the areas where we successfully recycle:
    • Corrugated – In the course of our business we see a lot of corrugated boxes. Instead of adding used corrugated material to our landfills, we compress the corrugated into "bales" which are then sold to a recycling company that converts them back into new corrugated for other uses.
       
    • Plastic – As with corrugated we use a lot of plastics in our day-to-day activities. All plastic materials including the following are now recycled:
      • Coroplast • Cores from raw materials
      • Foam PVC • Lexan
      • PETG • Plexiglas
      • Styrene
    • Desktop Toner Cartridges – we have been recycling our HP toner cartridges for desktop printers for years. This keeps those clunky plastic cartridges out of our landfills.