As a manufacturer, we can make a big difference with our products. We support sustainability and position ourselves against the waste of resources. This way of thinking is reflected throughout our entire production. Along the value chain, we have an influence on the ecological footprint of all our products. This includes the raw materials we are processing, Green Energy, and the reduction of waste. We are already saving 540,000 kg of CO2 every year. Still, we see further potential for CO2 savings in the coming years through more intensive use of renewable energy and further optimization of production processes. However, our most important environmental goal is to continue to produce high-quality products with long service life. After all, the more often a product can be reused and the longer it lasts, the less often it has to be replaced. This means less energy consumption, less raw material consumption, less transport of goods, less waste, and more environmental protection.
We have installed a modern photovoltaic system on the roof of our new factory. For this, we have chosen to use the entire roof space of approximately 12,000m². By making use of this huge area, we are able to produce enough electricity to run our brush production self-sufficiently and even can feed in back to the grid on sunny days and weekends. Annually, that’s a whopping 1,110,000 kWh. This is enough to supply 280 four-person households or to drive an e-car 7,400,000 km equalling 185 rounds around earth. The CO2 savings are enormous. We are emitting almost 540,000 kg less CO2 per year to produce our brushes. This is equivalent to the emissions of 90 average oil-fired heating systems.
In addition to generating green electricity, we also use the waste heat from the cooling water of our injection molding machines. Thanks to this waste heat, we can always keep our production halls pleasantly warm for our staff by using underfloor heating. As we will also be using less energy for heating in the future, this will further reduce our energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
The green spaces around our factory don’t have much to do with production and green energy. Nevertheless, we can actively contribute to supporting our environment on some 3000 m². Insects are the most diverse group of animals. Including more than a million described species, they are representing around 70% of species. For other animals, such as birds, insects are an important source of food. Unfortunately, however, insects have been threatened in Europe for years, with populations steadily declining due to the ongoing destruction of natural habitats. In addition to habitat loss, insecticides used in agriculture also play an important role. With our flower meadow, we want to make our small but important contribution to biodiversity and give back some of the habitat. Together with our employees, we are looking forward to the splendor of the meadow flowers.