Sustainability is becoming more and more important in private and business life. Among many actions that have been carried out by us due to requirements in the EU and in Germany, we are focusing on this important topic in our value-added chain in addition. It is our aim to combine value creation with sustainable action in order to develop a successful and future-oriented corporate policy. In this context we focus on the following aspects:
Please find a short summary of current and ongoing actions below:
✓ Implementation of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH)
✓ Elimination of plastic bags (packaging by pair) for protective gloves (exception: chemical protective gloves)
✓ Elimination of plastic straps for outer cartons (all articles)
✓ Use of engery-saving lighting appliances
✓ Improved conditions in terms of environment and employees in Asia (i.a. compliance with environmental and social standards)
✓ Use of organic foils made of sugar cane (stretch and wrapping foil)
✓ Use of carrying bags made of 100% recycled PET
✓ Implementation of an annual fund-raising campaign to 10 non-profit organisations
Current figures of the European Parliament make a worrying development obvious: In 1950, 1.5 million metric tons of plastic were produced worldwide. In 2015 plastic production amounted to 322 million metric tons. This means exponential growth - in just a few years. However, it is a fact that the produced plastic is not disposed of or even recycled professionally. This can easily be seen from the sharp increase of plastic waste, e.g. in the oceans. In addition, there is the problem that plastics do not degrade completely. Plastics only become continuously smaller and this causes more and more microplastic particles in our environment.
We work against this development by eliminating plastic bags (packaging per pair) for our protective gloves. In this way, we actively ensure that the production of plastic and the resulting plastic waste will be reduced. We have already implemented this action. Starting with the next arrivals of goods (around the turn of the year 2019/2020), our protective gloves will no longer be packed per pair. Even if a single plastic bag does not seem to make a difference: it is the mass that makes the difference.