We are convinced that organic cultivation is the healthiest way of farming for humans, animals and the environment and thus for the future of human life on earth. The aspect of sustainability is continuously taken into account in all our business areas: Conservation of resources through sustainable packaging, environmentally friendly transport, the use of regenerative energies and questions of social responsibility are our constant endeavours within the framework of our responsibility for future generations. In general, we operate responsibly in order to maintain the basis for our actions and to survive in the face of competition.
As an importer, trader and producer of organically grown products, we know that organic farming makes a significant contribution to the sustainability of the ecological system. Resources are conserved and natural productivity is maintained. The method of organic cultivation does not produce any environmentally harmful substances, insects, plants and groundwater are spared. By dispensing with the use of nitrogenous mineral fertilizers, the production of which requires fossil fuels, significantly less CO2 is released. Instead, the development of humus soils is supported, which strengthen the binding of CO2 in the soil. Biodiversity is promoted because more animal and plant species feel at home on organic fields. In addition, organic farmers often contribute to the diversity of varieties by cultivating old varieties.
We separate recyclable materials and consistently recycle them. We collect all organic waste for processing in a biogas plant. We separate paper and foils from delivery, production, mixing and roasting and press them into raw material blocks.
We save paper wherever possible. Employees are encouraged to reduce consumption to the absolute minimum. In logistics we already work completely paperless, everything runs digitally. In administration, we only file digitally, as far as this is compatible with the law. All unavoidable printouts are done on recycled paper.
We are intensively pursuing the reduction of plastic. For 20 years we have been using self-holding cardboard boxes for our small packaging, which means that we do not use adhesive tape as a closure. The plastic packaging for our individual containers is the best solution according to current knowledge: the amount of material is minimized, they are perfectly recyclable, yet they are suitable to optimally protect our food from environmental influences and to maintain its high quality. Wherever possible, we already offer plastic-free products. We look for and test alternative materials and work with suppliers of innovative technologies. Here, in addition to product protection, the very complex path of packaging from raw material to disposal must be considered. The disposal via existing recycling systems, for example, is not yet fully developed for bio-films.
Pallets are wrapped by machine, which saves 70% film compared to manual wrapping.
We use compostable filling material made of paper foam to protect our goods. In addition, cardboard boxes and filling material from goods delivered to us are reused.
We have built up our worldwide supplier network in partnership over decades. We support our partners in questions of social responsibility and sustainable organic farming. We collect our imports directly from the port of Hamburg, 20 minutes away. We only use air freight in absolutely exceptional cases if no other means of transport is suitable. All processing steps right up to small packaging are carried out at our company headquarters. We do not transport the goods to cheaper locations abroad. In this way we avoid unnecessary transport routes. Our own vehicle fleet was completely abolished except for one truck. Our partner forwarders can move the goods more efficiently. Our warehouses are well insulated and the roofs are mirrored, so that neither cooling nor heating is necessary. The cold storage halls are equipped with the latest energy-efficient cooling technology.
We use renewable energies, a wood-fired heating system supplements the internal heat supply and in future we will obtain 100 % of our electricity from renewable energies.
On our commercial site on the green edge of the city of Hamburg, we are home to a small nature reserve with old trees and a natural pond.
Wherever it is technically possible, we leave green areas or lay seepage paving in order to guarantee the natural processes for the formation of groundwater.
We are committed to the mental and physical well-being of our employees. Because family and career can be well combined in our company, we are allowed to carry the “Hamburger Familiensiegel”, a German certificate of the city of Hamburg. In addition, we promote a sense of community and healthy nutrition among our employees with a variety of offers - for example, fresh fruit and vegetables are always available for free consumption. For relaxation and good concentration we offer time and guidance for meditation.