Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Our mission is: “Let people enjoy the outdoors”. And we don't just want this generation to enjoy the outdoors, but hopefully the upcoming generations can do so. That is why we, at Esschert Design find sustainability so incredibly important. The topic is central within our product lines, but also in the entire business operation.
We try to market all our products as durable and sustainable as possible. This means that we not only consider the life cycle of the products, but also monitor their origin and production process closely. As far as the life cycle is concerned, it is important that a product lasts as long as possible and that there is as little residual waste as possible after use. Good examples of this are our bamboo straws and net bags. They replace the traditional disposable ones and help to reduce the amount of plastic soup.
FSC® is the hallmark of the international non-profit organisation Forest Stewardship Council®, which promotes sustainable forestry. The main purpose of FSC is to protect the world's forests from destruction and irreparable damage. Esschert Design gladly contributes to this by selling FSC®-certified products.
Sustainability in relation to the labour market
For us, sustainability is also an important theme for the labour market. Since 2009, for example, we have a team of employees with a disability or who are distanced from the labour market. They carry out all kinds of activities and form a permanent part of our organizational structure. In order to lend a helping hand to these employees, a training center has been set up where they can follow an education course. In this way, we create a good basis for the next step in their careers together.
Esschert design and all employees within the organisation try to separate waste as much as possible. This means that we collect plastic, paper, metal, wood and glass separately. This can be seen in the various waste bins in the canteen and even next to the desks. This method of separation results in limiting the volume of waste to less than 1 cubic metre per week on average.
Every first Tuesday in September is dedicated to sustainability. On this day, Politiek Den Haag provides a platform for sustainable ideas and initiatives.