Sustainable product ranges

The igefa range is subject to constant change, and is largely oriented to the needs of our customers. It comprises around 170,000 items (without replacement parts).

We work constantly, step for step, in developing sustainable product ranges, taking a systematic approach:

  • Determination of relevant product categories on the basis of turnover significance
    (Cleaning and hygiene, medical, personal protective equipment (PPE), disposable/food service)
  • Analysis
    (yield, relevance for national and international customers, possible environmental certifications and other parameters)
  • Opportunity and risk assessment
    (environmental influences, political discussions and changes to the law, market and societal trends, consideration of the relevant stakeholders)
  • Identification of relevant product groups
    (taking disposable/food service products as an example: cups and lids, crockery and cutlery, carrier bags and sacks and sachets, in some cases disposable trays and packaging pots)
  • Measures

In the disposable/food service segment, alternative items had to be sought that did better justice to the growing level of environmental awareness, and which are less damaging to the environment due to their material properties.
At the same time, we discussed the establishment of potential recycling cycles. We realised that we had to build up know-how in relation to concepts for re-usable items.

In the interim, we have established an environmental item category in the disposable/food service segment, with around 500 items from biodegradable materials such as sugar cane, palm leaves or PLA (polylactic acid).

We also offer a composter system that is unique in Germany, which enables the alternative products to be integrated into mass consumption as a real sustainable solution.

Furthermore, we are working on a recycling concept with the aim of bringing products from specific ecological materials into a real, closed recycling cycle. The first re-usable solutions are already on the market, too, and are currently being tested at different locations in Germany.

All this is the result of the clear analysis of the disposable/food service category.

We set ourselves the target in 2017 of examining a further eight to ten categories according to the process described above, in order to further systematically expand the range of sustainable products.

 

Products with an eco label

Eco-certified products have a lower negative impact on the environment compared to comparable products, while having the same effect.

This statement appears to guide the actions of our customers, and demand is increasing accordingly.

The annual turnover growth for eco label items is an above-average 8.6 percent!

Thanks to the new developments in the industry, we are in a position to constantly take up new products with an eco label into our range.

In the interim, we are generating a quarter of our turnover from eco label items.

Ökolabelprodukte

Neuheit
igefa Closed Loop

Closed loop

Innovation: a closed circular economy with environmentally friendly packaging

certificate ISO

Successful re-certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 und 14001:2015

In September 2017, igefa once again demonstrated its well-proven quality and environmental management system through a combined re-certification audit.

Eco Vadis Gold Auszeichnung für die igefa Nachhaltigkeitswebsite

Gold status in the EcoVadis CSR ranking

This status means that igefa belongs among the best EcoVadis-evaluated companies worldwide.

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Eco-friendly packaging

The selection of biodegradable packaging items made of wood, palm leaves, sugar cane, etc. is growing constantly.

igefa Campus Kachel

igefa Campus

Further training as a solution to personnel management challenges.

persönliche Schutzausrüstung Kachel

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

With our PPE product range, we help our customers protect their staff.

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Expert interviews

Industry experts in conversation with the igefa Sustainability Council.

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Foto zum CSR Verständnis

CSR understanding

We provide services to people.
For a clean, safe world.

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Sustainability Council

The igefa Sustainability Council is the federal control body for sustainability activities in the company group.

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Environment

Over the last five years, we have succeeded in reducing our CO2 emissions by 16 percent.

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Social Commitment

Our goal is to have an impact in
areas where help reaches
the people who need it.

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Reporting

We report according to the recognised guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).