Quality and environment management at Häfele
Quality and environment management at Häfele is an important and integral part of the company philosophy. The quality standards are continuously enhanced by means of continuous improvement.
As a worldwide operating family company with its roots in the northern Black Forest, Häfele pays great attention to its social responsibility and sustainability. Accordingly, quality and environmental management is an important and integral part of Häfele's corporate philosophy. Find out more about our certifications and optimised packaging solutions.
You can satisfy yourself of the high quality standards at Häfele: DIN EN ISO 9001 certification was achieved as long ago as 1995. Certification in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14001 in 2000 is also proof of Häfele’s resource-protecting and environmentally aware behaviour. ISO 28000:2007 (en) certifies Häfele a security management system for the supply chain.
- Zertifikat ISO 9001/14001 (de)
- Certificate ISO 9001/14001 (en)
- Zertifikat ISO 28000 : 2007 (de)
- Certificate ISO 28000 : 2007 (en)
This fundamental question regarding the materials used has occupied us for a long time. After intensive research and the evaluation of several test results, it became clear that plastic is ecologically better than paper as filling material for packaging. At first glance, this may sound strange and counterintuitive.
This ecological balance is clearly illustrated by the plastic bubble wrap used to fix the goods in the transport boxes and fill cavities. The production of bubble wrap is less environmentally damaging than the production of stuffing paper. This is mainly due to the fact that air bubble film - as the name implies - consists mainly of air. The weight advantage of plastic film also has several positive effects: for example in the procurement and disposal of materials, but also in logistics and shipping of the packages. Because air is mainly released during disposal of the bubble films, a lot of packaging waste is also saved compared to packaging paper.
In summary: If the regulated disposal and recycling standards are complied with, plastic as a filling material performs significantly better than paper in ecological terms.
Our philosophy at Häfele is: In the first step, avoid what can be avoided. Then the unavoidable packaging material is selected on the basis of an overall ecological evaluation. But we are not satisfied with that yet. At Häfele, we are always looking for possibilities and opportunities to optimise the unavoidable packaging material.
Häfele has, for example, optimised the thickness of the filling material made of plastic film that is often unavoidable for protecting goods during shipment. We have also introduced shipping cartons that are even more variable in their individual height, which has led to a further sustainable improvement in the ecological balance, as this reduces the volume and weight of many packages.