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Environmental conservation is an important part of our philosophy and plays an integral role in our label.

Industrial waste

Industrial waste is defined as all materials generated by industrial sites during production that cannot be transferred back into the assembly process. According to the German Federal Statistical Office (Statistischen Bundesamt) around 386 M tonnes of waste are generated annually in Germany.¹ About 57 M tonnes of these are commercial and industrial waste. However, in-house waste disposal is not included in the statistics which would increase the documented offcut amount significantly. Especially commercial and industrial facilities often use own disposal facilities such as an incinerator for wood and veneers. But also officially disposed waste often ends up burned: Due to fear of industrial spying or misuse companies prefer to see their waste as fuel in incinerators and not recycled. That is why the actual recycling rate of industrial production waste is only around 51%. In order to counteract these practices, the Closed Substance Cycle Waste Management Act (Kreislaufwirtschaftsgesetz)² came into effect in 1996 and got revised in 2016. This law mandates businesses to prioritise the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste over its disposal.³

 

Environmental statement

The basic idea of our label is the desire to create a social value with our business model and its implementation. Simultaneously we want to demonstrate that an environmentally and socially conscious business can operate profitably. We perceive it as our mission to save industrial offcuts from disposal and transform them into new products with little additional energy input. As a label, we acknowledge our ecological footprint of our economic activities. We feel obligated to improve our environmental impact constantly through preventative actions.

Processes

The resource-saving approach does not only apply for our products but for all processes. We try to improve the logistics on a constant basis in order to make them as environmental as possible. Here we aim for short transportation routes and always operate at full capacity without empty trips. The shipment of our products is CO2-neutral. In the same manner, we attempt to make all our operations sustainable and environmentally friendly such as printing business cards and flyers. With our environmental management system, we can monitor our energy and water consumption as well as waste generation. With this data, we aim to reduce our ecological footprints and become more sustainable on a constant basis.