Our Campaign for Sustainability
We are all aware of current environmental themes such as global warming, marine pollution through plastic and excessive use of resources. It’s clear that we need to fundamentally change our way of thinking; the status quo cannot continue.
As a manufacturer of packaging materials, we are greatly concerned about these issues. We are totally aware that our products need to be subjected to a critical examination. For this reason, we are working hard to ensure that our products are manufactured and used in a manner which is as environmentally neutral as possible. We want to take responsibility and play our part in improving the environment.
DEBABEE explains, how we turn these thoughts/projects into reality.
DEBABEE – symbol for biodiversity and for the protection of natural habitats and resources, and mascot for our sustainability campaign. Always as smart and busy as a bee :).
Use of recycled foils
Together with selected partner companies, we are working on a recycling loop for foils. To make recycling easier, we refrain from using foil laminates and compound foils wherever it is possible. Instead, virtually all the foils we use for our document pouches are almost exclusively recycled.
Increasingly, we are using recycled foils and giving them a “second life”. These form the basis for new, innovative and sustainable products. After use, these products can join the recycling loop once again. This is an important step towards saving resources and protecting the environment.
Use of FSC® Paper
Our environment offers valuable resources, which must be treated with respect and be protected at all costs. For this reason, we only use paper from exemplary FSC®-certified forests and other controlled sources.
By choosing FSC®-certified wood, we help to protect our forests and their unique ecosystem, and play our part in ensuring responsible forest management. In this manner, we hope to combat illegal deforestation and stop forests from disappearing.
Carbon neutral company and products
As in all processes, CO2 is emitted during the extraction of our raw materials and the manufacture of our products. By saving energy wherever possible and optimising the efficiency of our production processes, we try to keep this output to a minimum. We compensate for any CO2 we emit by supporting climate protection projects. In doing so, DEBATIN does far more than simply compensate for its own production processes. We also include the manufacturing of our raw materials – foils, paper, glues etc. – in our calculations. This approach is known as “Cradle to Gate”. In other words, from the moment the raw materials are extracted (cradle) to the moment the finished products leave our factory (gate), we compensate for all emissions – and can thus class our production as carbon-neutral.
Extension of the sustainability offensive to security bags as well
We already started in 2017 to switch our standard goods in stock to Blue Angel quality..
Since 2018 we’ve expanded our work on behalf of the environment by starting the DEBASAFE™ sustainability campaign and by also upgrading DEBASAFE™ bags to Blue Angel quality, which hugely increased the proportion of our safebags classed as resource-saving. Our brochure entitled “Our campaign for sustainable security bags” provides information on products which are climate-neutral and certified (Blue Angel) as well as information on our sustainability campaign.
DERIBA CO2 calculator & DERIBA recycling kit
Naturally, we go further in our commitment to the environment and to ensuring our products are used in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. For example, customers can use our DERIBA CO2 calculator to see just how much CO2 they save by using our sustainable products. You’ll find the CO2 calculator here: http://en.deriba-group.com/co2
Customers can also use our DERIBA recycling kit to become part of our corporate closed recycling loop, and thus play their part in saving the environment. In this loop, safebags are collected in the recycling bag provided. This is then sent to BeRec GmbH, a company which belongs to our Group, where the waste films are sorted, cleaned, melted and turned into tiny PE pellets. These are then subjected to a process called extrusion to create transparent or opaque PCR film. In a final step, the recycled PE waste is then made into new packaging (the DERIBA recycling loop).
These thoughtful and responsible measures further underscore our proactive commitment to the environment. And they enable our customers to handle resources and unavoidable plastic packaging in a responsible manner.
In the course of our sustainability campaign, we support various programs such as water power projects in India and Uganda as well as various social and environmental projects in Togo.
For example, we’ve been involved in reforestation work in Togo, planting 3000 indigenous trees, and have also provided 40 beehives for the local beekeeping school. These beehives are manufactured locally, which has helped provide workplaces and keep business brisk at the bee-keeping school. Every year, the school trains up to 12 beekeepers who can then set up their own business and support a family with just five beehives. All the current beehives are now populated, and more are set to follow. Honey bees are not only very hard working – they’re also extremely useful for us humans. Did you know that a single honey bee has to fly around the earth three times in order to produce 500g of honey?
Our DEBABEE is particularly excited about the establishment of a beekeeping school to promote beekeeping, which has virtually died out in this area.
All these projects centre around nature conservation, the protection of the environment and the impact of climate change on people and nature.
You can find our concrete activities at www.natureoffice.com by entering our ID number DE-077-537721 at [TRACKING ID].