Sustainability

We have been active in the office environment for more than 25 years. We can call ourselves a real ergonomics specialist. We were even pioneers! We were the first to introduce a document holder (1994) and we were committed to the correct height of the monitor (1998). In 1999 we also knew that not only work posture is important, but also work behaviour has a major influence on healthy, comfortable and efficient monitor work.
Sustainability

BakkerElkhuizen and sustainability go hand in hand

We have always listened to the market, conducted research and studied what constitutes a sustainable (working) environment. And we’ve seen a lot come along: trends such as The New World of Work (2006), the major financial crisis (2008), the Coronavirus pandemic (2020) and the environmental discussions. All these events are related to the theme of sustainability.

We associate sustainability with the reuse of materials, with the way we transport materials and products and with our ecological/CO2 footprint. But sustainability is much more than that, it also has a large economic and social aspect. 

Sustainability at BakkerElkhuizen

Sustainable report

BakkerElkhuizen’s field of actions
Our products are of high quality and therefore long-lasting. In addition, for us the user is always central. What can we do for your 8m3 workplace to help you work in a mentally and physically healthy way and to make you sustainable employable for your employer? We realised that sustainable employability is not the only thing, but that taking good care of our planet is just as important.

In 2019, we started with a line of products made from recycled raw materials. Every year, products from our range become more sustainable. And for the future? We will continue to do so and will also not only make our products more sustainable, but also further expand the certification around these products. We are also looking at other solutions within our organisation, such as electric lease cars and the opportunity to lease our products.
Product Design
When developing new products, sustainability is an important part of our process. Where possible, we implement sustainable choices. For example, we look at the possibilities of using sustainable types of material. It is important to us to choose material types, which are easy to produce and have a low impact on the climate and environment. Ideally, we use materials that are produced from recycled products or organic materials. Preferably, we produce in the Netherlands, or somewhere else in Europe. Finally, the packaging of our products should be sustainable as well.
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In 2022, we will replace the acrylic in our document holders and monitor stands. The products will no longer be made of pure acrylic, but of 100% recycled acrylic. This will not compromise on design and quality. In 2019, we launched our first PET felt products. 

...from the plastic bottle to our PET Felt products
Plastic bottles are collected, shredded and processed into flakes. Those are processed again into a granulate, and out of this, PET Felt sheets are made for our “Circular-Line products".
 
Ocean Clean-up collaboration
During the campaign period of 3 months (13 September to 13 December) for every sold product listed within our sustainability report, BakkerElkhuizen will donate 1 € to clean the ocean. 
 
Why “cleaning the ocean”? Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans, primarily from rivers. And the plastic that’s afloat within the oceans isn’t going away by itself. To effectively solve the problem, we need to both turn off the tap and mop the floor at the same time. Look into our Sustainability report to learn more…
 
Lifecycle of our products
Our products are of high quality, which means that they last a long time in daily use. We see that our customers have been using the Ergo-Q 260 and the S-board 840 for more than 10 years. A big advantage is that our customers do not have to replace our products often, which means less impact on our environment. If a part is broken, we often have the part in stock and it can be easily replaced. 

We have a lifetime guarantee on our non-electronic products. On our electronic products we have a 3-year guarantee (one year longer than the legal guarantee). You can find more information about our guarantee conditions on our website.
Sustainability along our supply chain
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important for businesses and consumers. We are therefore proud to be able to support our customers with our products in creating a sustainable office environment. Reducing CO2 emissions is very important to us. We take this into account for existing and new products, but also for existing and new suppliers. So how do we do this exactly?

We select our suppliers based on fair and sustainable aspects. We look in particular at the sustainable production process. Also important are working conditions and delivery routes. Everything must be set up according to the latest standards and regulated in accordance with the guidelines for human and environmentally friendly production. And we try to produce as close to home as possible.

When choosing our suppliers, we have established a number of selection criteria for sustainability for a number of years now. These selection criteria ensure that we choose a new supplier who meets our vision of a sustainable profile. We as an organisation like to identify with this. 
Working with local manufacturers
Conclusion
We are not there yet, but we are working every day to make our world, of our customers, of our partners, and the world we live in, a little better. For 25 years, we have been aware of the fact that we, the human being, are vulnerable in an office job. The development of ergonomic tools contributes to working pleasantly behind a screen with fewer physical and mental complaints. Our products have a legal warranty of 3 years (electrical products) and a lifetime warranty for non-electronic products. 

In the years to come, we will gladly take responsibility for sustainability.
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