Sustainability

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The only yurt company in the world to be certified ISO 14001:2004.

That’s a fancy certification that proves we have a formal Environmental Management System in place and shows how much we respect and protect the environment.

We comply with environmental laws and regulations, strive to constantly reduce our environmental impact, and improve our Environmental Management System.

Environmental Aspects we measure through EMS:

  • Safety
  • Business Waste
  • Communications
  • Legal Regulations and Requirements
  • Vendor Impact
  • Production Air and Noise Quality
  • Utilities Usage
  • Facilities Managaments

We believe that sustainability is more than just a fancy word – it’s part of our mission statement and we put it in practice every day.

Being green is trendy right now, but our commitment to sustainability isn’t about keeping up with the latest trends. We’ve been in business for over 100 years, and we want to be around for another 100 – or more! We recognize that our company cannot continue to be successful if we do not take action to reduce our environmental impact and preserve our natural resources.

We take pride in providing our customers with products that are produced using sustainable materials. We use wood harvested only from sustainable forests and treat it with non-solvent preservatives.

The use of PVC based fabrics are being minimized and our printers use UV cured water soluble inks. We continually look for innovative ways to incorporate eco-friendly materials into our products.

We also encourage employees to be more environmentally sensitive at home – and to do their part in reducing our carbon footprint by using alternative methods of transportation for commuting to and from work – like bikes, buses and carpools.

Recycling and Compost

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Rainier employees are master recyclers! In 2012 and 2013 AND again in 2014, King County awarded us the Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling in Tukwila. We strive to recycle everything we can, in our offices and lunchrooms, and especially on the production floor.

We chart our utility and landfill usage, along with changes to our business and product lines, to measure how much waste we’re reducing, reusing, recycling.

Here are the latest year end totals:

Recycling 2014 2013 Difference
Metals 66.1 Tons 78.2 Tons - 16%
Acrylics 28.5 Tons 27.2 Tons + 5%
Wood 146.8 Tons 144.7 Tons + 1%
Recycle 31.4 Tons 30.8 Tons + 2%
Compost 17.9 Tons 16.5 Tons + 8%
Cardboard 113.8 Tons 82.3 Tons + 38%


Utilities 2014 2013 Difference
Gas (THRM) 21,522 17,727 + 21%
Electricity (THRM) 1,451,160 1,407,200 + 3%
Water (THRM) 1,250,296 1,253,648 - 14%


Solid Waste 2014 2013 Difference
Sent to Landfill 136.3 Tons 111.4 Tons + 22%



Items that were recycled but not tracked in these totals include:

  • Printer toner cartridges
  • Old electronics
  • Clear packaging
  • Sunbrella

If you want to read more about Rainier’s Environmental Management System, you can read our the full 17 pages of our Environmental Plan (Click here to download the PDF.)