Products + Responsibility
From products to advertising materials - our goal is to live sustainability in all areas. Instead of distributing promotional gifts such as calendars, flashlights, bottle openers or other imported promotional items, we decided on a more sustainable variant. With donations for projects of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), BÜFA received so-called rainforest certificates in return and gave them to customers. So far we have been able to protect an area of 315 football fields in the jungle. Our customers have all reacted very positively to this campaign, which is why we will continue to pursue this approach.
Our strategic fields of action digitalization and sustainability go hand in hand: in the future, many (sales) meetings in the Chemicals business area will be held digitally. In concrete terms, this saves us resource-intensive car journeys, hotel costs and a lot of time. Digital solutions such as video conferences should be firmly anchored in our culture of conversation.
The name “Power by Nature” covers various cleaning products and detergents for the food processing, laundry, industrial kitchen and building cleaning industries. They have already been certified with the EU Ecolabel. The conditions for the award of the European eco-label were changed for the respective product categories from 2018 to 2019: the criteria for fulfilling the requirements have been tightened. For example, in future at least 50 percent of palm oil derivatives that meet the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) criteria must be used.
After the publication of the new requirements, the affected products were modified in the research and development process, if necessary, so that applications for an extension of the eco-label certification could be submitted.
In order to be able to sell our products demonstrably as suitable for hygiene work in organic food production and processing companies, we have applied for inclusion in the so-called FiBL list for suitable cleaning agents and disinfectants. This list is published by the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL). By the end of 2019, more than ten of our products had been added to the list.
The usability of raw materials and the resulting formulations in coatings represent a diverse challenge. Above all, aspects such as lower emissions during and after component manufacture, healthier ingredients and the idea of being able to repair old things are important starting points.
BÜFA Composite Systems has made it its business to include all of these points of view in the development of styrene-free products. We have succeeded in developing a product that has been successful from the start in an agile manner and in productive collaboration with a customer.
In a pilot project we were able to establish new development methods and at the same time develop a product together with the customer that meets the highest requirements. The formulation can be used in the marine sector. With its lower emissions and healthier properties, it is a significant step forward compared to conventional products. For example, it can be used by the end user to repair boat parts. This means that plastic waste can be avoided and natural resources can be managed more sustainably.
Further methods and developments could be derived from this constructive cooperation. The next products with more gentle properties for people and the environment are already in the starting blocks.
We already achieved our goal of reducing the proportion of cobalt bis (2-ethylhexanoate) -containing products to below 50 percent in 2017 and maintained it in 2018. In the last 18 months we have adapted around 2500 recipes in such a way that they no longer contain this active ingredient.
A few products, where the exchange was not possible from a technical point of view, will follow at the next opportunity. In addition, it is ensured that all new products are developed in a future-oriented and REACH-compliant manner.