For us, sustainability is not just a fancy word. We breathe life into this term, because we view all our actions in terms of preserving resources and the environment.
We embrace sustainability
Reusable and resource-friendly
That is why we do not supply disposable goods, but reusable quality. As early as in the design of the containers, we pay attention to a robust construction for a long service life, the reparability of individual components and easy recyclability. And we go even further: We permanently optimise the volume reducibility of our containers so that even more resources can be saved when returning the empty boxes. Our containers are in circulation for up to 20 years and save a lot of disposable packaging.
We pursue a particularly sustainable concept in our GREENLINE product line: With these folding boxes, we use up to 100 percent reclaimed material. Like all our folding boxes, these containers have a long service life of around 100 cycles. The reclaimed material can even be used for two to three further product life cycles after the recycling process. All this creates a cycle that saves resources and helps preserve our environment.
Sustainability is firmly anchored in our corporate mindset and applies to all our processes. One example is the modern building with in-house solar technology we work in and where we have been achieving new record values in greenhouse gas savings every year since 2011. Electricity that we cannot produce ourselves, we obtain from green sources - locally and from the region.
Still, for us this is only the beginning on our way to achieving our long-term goal of climate neutrality. We have taken a further step by changing the vehicle fleet for our employees to hybrid vehicles. These can easily be charged with green WALTHER electricity at our own charging stations.
These first steps will be followed by many other measures - starting with the recording of our corporate carbon footprint. After all, climate neutrality is one of the issues of the future that drives us and motivates us to become even better and to push even further. For sustainable production. For saving resources. For protecting the environment.
In addition to modern, energy-efficient equipment, the responsible use of our resources is an important factor in sustainable production. That's why we recycle on a grand scale in our injection moulding production:
- We also rely on recycling within production – we recycle start-up parts or those out of tolerance.
- In production, we use recycled material, i.e. reprocessed plastics from household or commercial waste, whenever possible, for example from the "Yellow Bag", the German recycling bag.
- We take back all damaged and broken containers and turn the discarded products into reclaimed material, which we then use, for example, to produce new boxes for our GREENLINE series.
In the sustainable development of products, the three dimensions of sustainability - ecology, economy, and social issues - must be given equal consideration. Only when environmentally relevant, economic, and social aspects are brought into harmony can sustainability really succeed. The challenge here is to meaningfully unite different objectives that at first glance appear to be in conflict with each other. And this is clearly one of our great strengths: With individual solutions, we almost always succeed in finding suitable compromises and combining all objectives.
Eco-label "Blauer Engel"
The "Blauer Engel” or “Blue Angel" is the environmental seal of the Federal Ministry for the Environment and identifies particularly sustainable products. We received our first environmental seal back in 1985. While 40 years ago the aim was to tackle the flood of waste, the focus today is on climate protection.
By now, every folding box from WALTHER has been awarded the "Blue Angel" - their reusability is the reason why. Because our reusable plastic boxes not only avoid any packaging waste during use, they are also in circulation for decades and are then recycled and re-manufactured into new containers again.
The pro-K "Zero Pellet Loss" initiative
The aim of the initiative "Zero Pellet Loss" of the German industry association for semi-finished products and consumer products made of plastic, pro-K, is to prevent the loss of plastic pellets along the entire supply chain and to reduce waste in the world's oceans. While only a small part of the plastic waste in the world's oceans consists of pellets, they are also found in rivers, on beaches and in the sea.
We at WALTHER Faltsysteme are also participating in the initiative in order to minimise the waste of raw materials and at the same time the environmental impact of spilled pellets and colour batch.
Our Quality Manager Britta van den Borg explains:
"By signing the initiative, we committed ourselves to three things:
1. Providing the necessary technical and organisational conditions to prevent spillage of pellets and to ensure that once spilled, pellets do not end up in the environment.
2. Training employees to avoid and, if necessary, effectively clean up spilled plastic pellets.
3. Regularly reviewing the effectiveness of the measures."
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