ENVIRONMENTAL

At LVS, protecting the environment is a collective effort embraced by our employees, customers, and suppliers. At the forefront of environmental stewardship in the stone industry, LVS is focused on, improving and innovating ways to service our customers in the most environmentally responsible ways. We recognize that every little bit helps and as such encourage and challenge the LVS family; our vendors and customers all to do their part in helping reduce pollution, reuse and recycle whenever and wherever possible.

REUSE, REDUCE AND RECYCLE

Below are some examples of how we have succeeded in making environmentally prudent changes. Some are little things, some more dramatic but all help reduce the use of natural resources, increase sustainability and enhance reusability.

CONVERSION FROM STYROFOAM PACKAGING TO RECYCLED CARDBOARD PACKAGING:

Styrofoam packaging has been the industry standard of packaging and shipping natural stone tile for many years. Thirty years ago no one really understood the negative impact of Styrofoam but today we know better. To learn more click here. Over the last 2 years we have succeeded in converting over 95% of our stone tile suppliers from Styrofoam to cardboard and in many cases post consumer recycled cardboard.

CHANGED TILE SHIPMENTS FROM CRATES TO PALLETS:

LVS imports over 200,000 pallets of tile and stone each year. We have succeeded in converting over 90% of our suppliers to change from industry standard wood crates to more environmentally palletized packaging. In the process, LVS has been able to reduce wood usage by over 70% per pallet, and increase the total square footage per pallet, in the process saving thousands of trees annually.

DESIGNED REUSABLE, RESIZABLE PALLETS:

With 100's of thousands of pallets coming and going annually, though used several times, most eventually end up at a landfill. When we designed the new pallets for our vendors, we designed them in such a way that a single 40" x 36" pallet can be reused as is or cut down into four 20" x 18" or two 40" x 18" pallets which then can be used when shipping smaller orders. Shipping thousands of small orders every month that don't require a regular sized pallet, we now get up to four times the use from a single pallet.