A wise frog once said, “It ain’t easy being green.” We agree. Especially for a manufacturing firm, the green life is often a challenge. But if the term “custom manufacturer” means anything, challenges are simply part of the job. At Morgan Li, we’re known and loved for taking on big challenges.
But one of the biggest challenges we’re trying to take on is climate change. Though we can’t do it alone, we’re committed to doing our part to protect the planet. That’s why we’re proud to share our commitment to environmental sustainability and responsibility.
Our Steps to Sustainability
We’re constantly investing in new, automated, and environmentally-friendly production equipment for wood, metal, and graphics.
We use one of the most environmentally-friendly printers on the market, able to handle numerous substrates without sacrificing quality.
We rely on top quality air pollution control equipment to capture and destroy pollutants and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Environmentally-friendly lighting, recycling, EV charging stations, remote work, and reduced in-person meetings all reflect our sustainability efforts.
We hold suppliers to the same standards as we do ourselves, giving preference to FSC- and LEED-certified vendors when possible.
Our commitment to sustainability extends to our services. We offer clients fixture refurbishment to extend the life of shelving and other fixtures.
How Morgan Li Does Green
Since our 2009 (re)launch as Morgan Li, we’ve continually worked to go beyond compliance. Whether we’re responsibly sourcing materials, minimizing volatile organic compounds, and reducing our carbon footprint, we’re making green happen.
For us, sustainability is baked into everything we do—design, procurement, production, and delivery.
Doing the Basics Right
You can’t change the world if you can’t clean your own room. For us, that has to start with our own factory. Headquartered in the Chicago metropolitan area, we’re already held to higher than normal Clean Air Act standards—standards that we proudly meet or exceed.
When you’re working with wood and metal, using veneers, lacquers, and paint, and running large-format printers, this is often easier said than done—but we make it happen.
This starts with the right equipment. Over the past decade, we’ve continued to modernize our facilities with better, more sustainable equipment. We’ve reduced our reliance on VOC-laden paint when possible by using powder coat, chosen the end-to-end sustainability of the HP Latex line of printers, and implemented a variety of other programs to reduce pollution.
For the HAPs, VOCs, and other pollutants that naturally come from manufacturing operations, we’re making use of best available control technology to protect the air, water, and community.
Pair this with steps taken in our facilities and office like instituting a recycling program, selecting energy-efficient lighting, opting for virtual meetings, and installing EV charging stations, and we’re doing our part across the board.
Holding Suppliers and Partners to the Same Standard
We’re not simply doing our part, we’re expecting the same out of our partners. As a responsible wood manufacturer, our sourcing team gives preference to suppliers who meet Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certifications. This ensures that our clients are receiving furniture and fixtures made from responsibly harvested wood, providing each party involved with environmental, social and economic benefits.
We also prefer to work with LEED certified suppliers, helping to provide more sustainability throughout the value chain.
Furthermore, as a global manufacturer, we’re making globally responsible distribution decisions. Our logistics partners continually work to reduce their carbon emissions without affecting timeliness. On-time, on-budget, and environmentally aware—a win-win-win for everyone involved.
Helping Our Clients Reduce Their Environmental Impact
Did you know that Morgan Li does fixture refurbishment? Retail fixture refurbishment from Morgan Li is the “reuse” part of the old phrase, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” and is an important part of helping our retail partners get more value from their investment while reducing their environmental impact.
Refurbishment gives new life to old store fixtures. Rather than simply using fixtures and recycling them at the end of their useful life, refurbishment extends the useful life of them.
And even if the metal in fixtures is recycled, “not making something” is always more environmentally friendly than “making something.”
In fact, did you know that in 2020 alone, Morgan Li…
- … recycled enough shrink wrap to cover Razorback Stadium 665 times over.
- … refurbished enough 22×48/16×48 Shelves to fill 146 40ft containers? Stacked end-over-end, that’s 4 Empire State buildings tall!
- … recycled more than 230 miles of plastic ticket strips from refurbishment. That’s the distance from Minneapolis to Madison, WI or Bentonville to Kansas City, MO!
And since then, the number has only grown!
Morgan Li: Committed to a Healthy Planet
From our facilities to our furniture, fixtures, and graphics, we’re taking big strides to reduce our environmental impact. Decisions at every step of the process—design, engineering, production, distribution, and installation—are made with environmental impact considered, and each day, we get just a bit better.
If you’re looking to work with a custom manufacturer who does amazing work—and does it responsibly—get to know Morgan Li.
Whether you need wood, metal, or print, we’re here to engineer and deliver the furniture, fixtures, and graphics needed to deliver an unforgettable experience. Get to know more about who we are and who we’ve helped—and contact us to request a quote.