Ecology

Omexco, a worldwide trendsetter of high-end wallcoverings, is leading the way as far as environmental care is concerned. Many years ago, Omexco started reducing the environmental impact of its activities and preserving natural resources. Those efforts were recognized and awarded by various international organizations which granted Omexco the following ecological labels and certificates:


Ecological certificate

To live in a healthy house, to work in a healthy office, to sleep in a healthy hotel room is very important to you as well as to us. Omexco contributes to your wellbeing by providing ecological wallcoverings.
The International Association of Wallcovering manufacturers, IGI, has determined very strict standards concerning the presence of hazardous products in wallcoverings (heavy metal, formaldehyde, vinyl chloride). All Omexco wallcoverings meet these standards set by IGI, and can therefore carry the IGI ecological label.


FSC Label

Omexco is proud to have obtained the FSC label (CUCOC-812488). FSC stands for “Forest Stewardship Council” which is a non-governmental and non-profit organization. Its aim is to promote responsible management of the forests on an international level by respecting three strict criteria:

• The protection of the environment by maintaining the biodiversity and the productivity as well as the preservation of ecological process.
• The respect of social rights, as ownership rights for local communities and social and economic wellbeing of workers.
• Financial viability of this management

Forests are important; they provide water, fresh air and fight against climate change. In addition, they provide food, medicine, wood and paper.
Between the forest and the final user, products may undergo many stages of processing, manufacturing and distribution.
FSC certification traces the path of products from forests through the supply chain, verifying that FSC-certified material is identified or kept separated from non-certified material throughout the chain. Any company in this supply chain, including harvesters, processors, manufacturers, distributors, printers, or anyone who is taking ownership of the forest product before the end user, needs to be FSC certified to be able to label or promote the final product as FSC certified.


Use of recycled fibres

Omexco favours suppliers who use recycled fibres. E.g. the polyester fibres of our non-woven wallcoverings are recycled. Thanks to the decrease in CO2 emission and in energy consumption, the impact on the environment is much lower compared to non-recycled fibres.


Printing thanks to solar energy

We all know that it is important to protect our environment.
As a manufacturer, we do our utmost to contribute to the environment, on different levels. At the source, we always opt for raw materials, which don’t contain harmful substances.
Secondly, we reduce our waste as much as possible (a.o. by recycling). Remaining wastage is disposed of in the most ecological way.

After having successfully implemented the above mentioned measures during many years. Omexco has, in 2010, installed 1,242 sqm of photovoltaic solar panels. The electricity generated represents 50% of our annual electric consumption and helps us to save 100.000 kg of CO2 per year.