From the products we develop to the state of our facilities, everything associated with the Lake Cable name has to consider its potential long-term impact on the environment. That's why 80% of everything we manufacture at Lake Cable is 100% completely recyclable. That includes:
• Wood reels that we can re-use many times to maximize product usage
• PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or polyurethane used in products inserted into a reel that features cardboard tubing with 2 plywood ends, or an all-wood tube with wood ends.
• Plastic that is resold as recycled material
• Over 70,000 pounds of reused copper
In addition, we’ve moved to a new method of water utilization in our plants that improves water circulation, resulting in a 25-30% savings in water consumption.
Lake Cable’s Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) cable, which has added a new level approval from Underwriters Laboratories, has a thermoplastic jacket that shields people and equipment from toxic chemicals and corrosive gases in the event of a fire or short circuit. This type of cable is critical to use in poorly ventilated installations and significantly reduces the impact on the environment.
When we developed our Cable M8 cable distribution system, Lake Cable created a model that uses shrink-wrap packaging for the reels it transports versus traditional reel packaging. Without cardboard boxes to break down, the Cable M8 bag enables installers to minimize on-site waste – 30X less on-site waste, in fact.
Even the lighting in some of our facilities has received an upgrade in order to eliminate over 200 tons of air pollution, amounting to only 8% of our current carbon footprint. In total, this project alone will position Lake Cable to save as much as 6.3 million kilowatt hours over the next 20 years.
Finally, Lake Cable does not use or add “Substances of Very High Concern” (SVHCs) to any of our cable products. These 144 identified substances have been classified by the European Union commission’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH) as having very serious effects on human health and the environment.
By being responsible stewards of the environment today, Lake Cable is paving the way for even more best practices to benefit our planet and the next generation tomorrow.