Environmental Commitment

An Enduring Commitment to Environmental Responsibility

Masonite has been a leader in Environmental Responsibility from the very beginning. In 1924 William H. Mason’s ground-breaking discovery–that post-industrial wood chips could be reconstituted and used to create building material–became one of the blocks on which Masonite was built. At Masonite we are committed to trying to leave the planet much as we found it. For example, no old growth timber is harvested solely for the production of Molded Panel Doors from Masonite. By-product wood chips are a vital ingredient in many of Masonite’s doors and timber that is used comes from sustainable, managed forests. In addition, our doors are made in manufacturing facilities designed to be easy on the environment. It’s logical that the longer a door performs the less the stress on the environment. Therefore, all materials – wood, fiberglass, steel or composites – are engineered and selected for lasting durability. If you are looking to conserve our natural resources, or if you are seeking an industry certification, Masonite has the answer. With Masonite you never have to sacrifice superior quality for environmental stewardship.

Masonite’s Green Council
This council helps define, develop and implement Masonite’s Environmental Policies & Strategy. A cross-functional team, the Green Council also generates new product ideas and reviews service and policy opportunities. These will further solidify Masonite’s position as a Green leader in the global marketplace.

Masonite’s Manufacturing Impact
We employ environmental management systems intended to ensure compliance with all environmental laws and regulations. As well, we pride ourselves in workplaces that are safe and healthy.

Masonite’s Energy Conservation
ENERGY STAR is a Department of Energy program that rewards consumers and builders for selecting energy efficient products. Masonite Steel and Fiberglass Doors can be assembled to qualify for ENERGY STAR. More on Energy Efficiency

Masonite’s Renewable Materials
We are reducing our environmental impact by using wood fiber from well managed forests and other renewable biomaterial, such as wheat straw, in all of our interior door products.

Masonite’s Recycled Content
Recycling has a significant positive effect on the environment. Where possible, Masonite utilizes recycled materials in our doors. As an example, the interior molded door facings that Masonite manufactures contain post-industrial wood chips, a key ingredient. In addition, Wheatcore, particleboard and fiber products all have recycled content.

Masonite’s Logistics
Recognizing that transporting products consumes energy, Masonite has created regional manufacturing plants thus minimizing the amount of travel necessary to provide our superior quality doors to our customers.

Masonite’s Environmentally Beautiful Products
From the homeowner that is environmentally conscious to the architect that is designing a project to achieve an industry certification, research has shown that the market clearly has a desire for Green products. Preserving the environment does not need to require that you sacrifice design or quality, at least where Masonite doors are concerned. Masonite continues to offer many Environmentally Beautiful Doors that are truly environmentally responsible and can also provide a solution for “Green” specifiers by contributing to industry certifications. The Safe ‘N Sound® and Safe ‘N Sound® Emerald™ are the most recent products to be introduced that can contribute to industry certifications.

Masonite’s Commitment to Sustainable Forestry

* FSC® Trademark License Code FSC-C014860

Without question, preserving our natural resources requires a commitment to forest management. Forestry certification helps identify wood supplies that originate in responsibly managed forests. Masonite strives to purchase wood products that are identified for sustainable forest management or controlled wood process. Many of our interior stile and rail doors are FSC certified. Flush hardwood and hardboard doors are also available with FSC certification. Masonite Corporation is committed to implementing the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Standards addressing chain of custody (FSC-STD-40-004), and on-product labeling (FSC-STD-50-001) for its wood and fiber procurement and door manufacturing operations. Masonite Corporation implements best efforts to avoid trading in wood and wood fiber that is: a) illegally harvested, b) harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights, c) harvested where global conservation priorities are threatened, d) harvested in natural forests being converted to plantations or non-forest uses, and e) from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

Masonite Corporation’s Policy is to promote and achieve the Principles of Sustainable Forest Management including: practicing sustainable forestry, employing responsible practices, regenerating the forest and maintaining productive capacity, protecting and maintaining long-term forest and soil productivity, protecting water resources, protecting special sites and biological diversity, complying with legal requirements, and continually improving forest practices.

Masonite Corporation is committed to comply with applicable laws and regulations in the countries, states and regions in which it operates.

To help implement and achieve the above Sustainable Forestry Standards, Masonite Corporation has developed and adopted appropriate documents, manuals and procedures to guide its wood and fiber procurement, tracking of the chain of custody of wood and fiber, and making off-product claims and using FSC on-product labels.

The company is committed to annually monitor and review the effectiveness of its Sustainable Forestry Policy and associated programs to continually improve conformance.