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SUSTAINABILITY

At CARDONE, environmental stewardship is a business model, not an afterthought.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Sustainable Business Practices

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.

What is Remanufacturing?

What is Remanufacturing?

Remanufacturing is the process of restoring used car parts to dependable, like-new performance. Every year, we collect several thousand tons of used parts, also known as "cores", that would normally end up in landfills and re-engineer new life into them.

Our process is built on more than 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.

  1. Auto shops send us parts that aren’t performing.
  2. We completely disassemble the cores sent to us.
  3. We thoroughly clean and inspect every component.
  4. We rebuild the part, strengthening common wear areas and improving the part’s design to prevent future failures.
  5. We rigorously test the parts to make sure they’re ready for the road ahead.
Reman was Green Before Green was Popular

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 that come off vehicles. As Michael Cardone, Sr. used to say, “Remanufacturing was green before green was popular."

Philadelphia Stormwater Management Project - Before Philadelphia Stormwater Management Project - After

Philadelphia Stormwater Management Project

CARDONE wanted to make sure it protected the city of Philadelphia from any possible rainwater run-off from its Philadelphia locations. So we created the largest stormwater management project in Philadelphia, providing coverage for 2.6 million square feet, or over 45 football fields’ worth.

The problem we 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.

Proud Member of MERA (Motor and Equipment Remanufacturing Association)

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.

AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS

IS0 14001 Environmental Certification MERA Manufactured Again Certified Quality Process

Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

CARDONE has earned the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence multiple times. This award recognizes 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 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. For more information, view CARDONE's Environmental Protection Policy.

Manufactured Again Certification

The Manufactured Again Certification Mark is a recognizable symbol that represents the quality, value and sustainability of a manufacturer’s processes. Eligibility for the annual program requires ISO 9001:2015 or IATF 16949:2016 certification and MERA membership.

THE MEASURED IMPACT

Over 25,580 Tons of Auto Parts Remanufactured

Resources Saved in 2020

While everyone has some sort of “green” catchphrase, we prove our commitment with measurable results. For over 50 years, we have saved tens of thousands of tons worth of recyclable materials. The following statistics are examples of resources we've remanufactured and recycled in 2020 alone.

464 Tons Municipal Trash Recycled into Electrical Energy
Over 50,170 Gallons Recycled Waste Oil Turned into Fuel
Over 15,340 Tons of Scrap Metal Recycled
1,459 Tons of Cardboard & 27 Tons of Paper Recycled
Over 1,380 Tons Wood Skids Recycled
144 Tons of Used Stretch Wrap & 39 Tons of Electronics Recycled