The "Blue Angel", the environmental standard of the German Federal Environment Ministry, was born in the same year as WALTHER Faltsysteme - in 1978. At WALTHER, the first eco-angel was documented as early as 1985. While 40 years ago it was about countering the avalanche of waste, today's maxim is climate protection. The angel, meanwhile, has remained the same, as has the certification of WALTHER Faltsysteme.
By now, the protection of the environment is so deeply rooted in the company from Kevelaer that every single folding and collapsible box from WALTHER is marked with the "Blue Angel" - thanks to their reusability. In 1985 the Environment Ministry used the example of returnable bottles to point out the advantages of a system of reusable containers: "Calculated for one litre of beverage, disposable packaging generates 12 times as much waste, 32 times as much waste and requires 6 times as much energy as a returnable bottle (with rinsing). On average, a beer bottle is filled about 52 times. Then it is recycled. A perfect cycle."
Today you could make a similar calculation for reusable plastic boxes. They avoid all packaging waste, are in circulation for decades and are then ground into a reclaimed material which can be used to produce new containers.
Whenever it is feasible given the technical requirements, we use a mixture of virgin material and reclaimed material for production. This means annual savings of several hundred tons of CO2. Our Greenline series is even made from 100% reclaimed material.
WALTHER has quality black on white, with certificates from the German Technical Inspection Agency TÜV for quality management, environment and energy efficiency. But for us that is not enough. We ensure top quality at every single work stage and test our finished containers in independent test institutes.
To err is human. Everyone makes mistakes, and often mistakes get bigger the further a plastic box proceeds in the manufacturing chain.
At WALTHER we have found the best method to largely avoid chains of mistakes and to reduce human error to a human level: responsibility. If every single employee does their job on the transport box with a sense of responsibility, automatic quality control is integrated at every single work stage.
Of course we also have quality inspectors who continuously monitor compliance with the required industrial standards of our reusable containers. Almost nothing escapes our specialised engineers. But that still is not enough for us. We put our newly developed products through their paces in external testing institutes. Sometimes it can hurt to see what stress the folding and collapsible boxes are exposed to. But that is part of the deal when it comes to the satisfaction of our customers.