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)
(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)
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.