SUSTAINABILITY IN PRACTICE
WE ALWAYS WANT TO DO BETTER FOR OUR PLANET.
Over the past few years we have turned our responsible attitude into a wide-ranging sustainability management concept, which is accounted for in our sustainability report.
Our products are extraordinarily durable, which makes them a nice piece of sustainability in themselves.
EFFICIENT USE OF RESOURCES
With an extensive network of inspections, the HAKRO quality management team ensures that we are constantly reducing our waste at every stage of production. This means that we are able to save many tonnes of cotton each year. The trimmings generated during production are not thrown away but put to secondary use, saving valuable raw materials.
95% of our waste
is recycled. We are working on the other 5%.
THE THING WITH THE CARDBOARD BOXES
In order to avoid unnecessary packaging waste, we have switched to using strong transport boxes in our transport operations. Products can be transported in these new boxes from the production facilities to Schrozberg, where they can also be stored. The goods are then delivered to the retailer and in some cases right to the final customer in these same boxes. The new system has substantially reduced our consumption of packaging.
CLIMATE-NEUTRAL SHIPMENT OF GOODS
Parcel shipping of all products to our retailers is CO²-neutral. For example, the emissions generated are offset by reforestation projects. This offsetting of emissions is certified by the Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS).
1.5 tonnes of office paper
are saved by sending invoices via email.
USING ENERGY AND WATER RESPONSIBLY
Our own photovoltaic plant supplies around half of the power used in Schrozberg. The rest of the electricity used comes from renewable sources. We are also making hefty savings on other resources. For example, we succeeded in reducing the company's electricity consumption per capita by 20% between 2011 and 2015—the reporting period covered by our first sustainability report. The per capita demand for natural gas for heating fell by 36% and for water by 55% over the same period.
ON THE ROAD TO BEING CLIMATE-NEUTRAL
We have set ourselves an ambitious target: we want to gradually reduce our CO² footprint in Schrozberg and attain climate neutrality by 2020. When it comes to electricity usage and the dispatch of letters and parcels, this is already a reality.