Sustainable Business Practices
Our remanufacturing process is sustainable from beginning to end. We take high quality parts and give them a new life, conserving thousands of tons of resources. We also hold to this core value by recycling the waste and byproducts produced during the remanufacturing process.
As the effects of human waste and pollution become ever more clear, we acknowledge that contributing further harm to our planet is simply not an option.
The way we use materials to bring you parts matters. You depend on your car to get you where you need to go, and we all depend on the earth for the resources we need. That’s why we believe in reengineering parts and materials to be more dependable during their second life.
Sustainability is a matter of integrity, an outlook that changes how we do business from start to finish.
Resources Saved Last Year
While everyone has some sort of “green” catchphrase, we prove our commitment with measurable results.
Last year, we:
- Recycled 7,127 tons of cardboard (same weight as 950,000 bowling balls.)
- Saved over 73,000 tons of cores from the scrap yard (same weight as 48,000 Honda Civics.)
- Recycled more than 18,000 tons of scrap metal, nearly 1,000 tons of municipal trash, and 46,000 tons of waste oil (833 space shuttles.)
- Sent 712 tons of wood skids to a recycler to be reused (1,424 grand pianos.)
- Recycled 915 tons of municipal trash into electrical energy, roughly equivalent to 503,250 kilowatt-hours (enough to air condition your house for 100 summers.)
What is Remanufacturing?
Remanufacturing is the process of restoring worn car parts to dependable, better-than-new performance. Every year, we take several thousand tons of used parts that would normally end up in landfills and reengineer new life into them.
Remanufactured vs. Refurbished
Our process is built on nearly 50 years of reverse-engineering experience, ensuring excellence and efficiency. Remanufacturing is more than refurbishing or replacing a few failed springs. In fact, it’s a craft that follows a rigorous, 5 step process.
- Auto shops send us parts that aren’t performing.
- We completely disassemble the cores sent to us.
- We thoroughly clean and inspect every component.
- We rebuild the part, strengthening common wear areas and improving the part’s design to prevent future failures.
- We rigorously test the parts to make sure they’re ready for the road ahead.
Reman Was "Green" Before "Green" Was Popular
The remanufacturing process only requires 15-20 percent of the total energy and material it takes to manufacture new parts, because we reuse the original parts, also known as "cores", that come off vehicles. As Michael Cardone, Sr. used to say, “Remanufacturing was green before green was popular.”
Motor and Equipment Remanufacturing Association (MERA)As an inherently sustainable craft, remanufacturing needs protection, support, and development. That’s why Michael Cardone, Jr. helped found the Motor and Equipment Remanufacturing Association (MERA), and Cardone Industries is still a member today.
This association is a growing network of manufacturers, suppliers, and professional service firms that promotes the environmental, economic, and product performance benefits of remanufactured goods. By uniting professionals operating in the automotive and heavy-duty, high desert off-road sectors, MERA ensures the longevity of remanufacturing and protection of the earth’s resources.
Philadelphia Stormwater Management ProjectCardone wanted to make sure it protected the city of Philadelphia from any possible rainwater run-off from its Philadelphia locations. So Cardone created the largest stormwater management project in Philadelphia, providing coverage for 2.6 million square feet, or over 45 football fields’ worth.
The problem Cardone solved is a serious one: rainwater runs off impervious surfaces, like concrete, and floods sewer systems and streams. The flooding alone causes an ecological hazard for cities, but the overflowing water also transports pollution across the city.
By launching a stormwater management project in 2013, Cardone protected the city of Philadelphia against this problem. The finished stormwater management system can hold 5 million gallons of water, or 1.38 inches of rainwater per storm. That exceeds the existing standards of Philadelphia by almost 40 percent.
This project was a commitment to the environment and the city of Philadelphia, which was why Cardone purchased over 80 percent of the materials needed from suppliers in Philadelphia. This project saves urban areas from destructive flooding and nearby streams from polluting runoff.
Awards and Certifications
Governor’s Award for Environmental ExcellenceCardone has regularly earned the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence—an annual recognition of state leaders, businesses, municipalities, and institutions that benefit Pennsylvania’s environment and economy through innovative green technologies and environmental management. The Governor has repeatedly recognized Cardone because of its stormwater management system and dedication to sustainable business practices.
ISO 14001 Certification
ISO 14001 certification means that any time you purchase or sell Cardone parts, you are protecting the environment. ISO 14001 is an international certification consisting of specific practices a business must follow to meet standards for environmental responsibility. These requirements go above and beyond the practices required by the U.S. government, demonstrating Cardone’s desire to exceed, rather than simply meet, sustainability expectations.