Committed to future generations: sustainability at nip®
As a manufacturer of baby products, our company has a special responsibility for conserving resources for future generations. That is why sustainability has always been an integral part of our corporate philosophy. So it’s not just what our products are made of that matters to us, but also how we make them.
Many paths to greater sustainability
To conserve our resources as much as possible, we are using more and more sustainable raw materials. But not only that: Since the requirements for our products vary and the availability of sustainable raw materials is limited, we are pursuing different paths.
For example, we currently use renewable raw materials based on sugar cane, carbohydrates and vegetable oils (excluding palm oil), as well as natural latex. In addition, we work with materials that can be completely or partially traced back to renewable raw materials through the ISCC Plus-certified mass balance process. And, where possible, we dispense with film or use only film with a high recycled content. For paper, too, we use FSC-certified grades and/or recycled paper.
So what does ISCC PLUS certified mean?
ISCC is a multi-stakeholder organization founded in 2010 to support the transition between circular economy and bio-economy. You can also find more information here: https://www.iscc-system.org/. There are six basic ISCC requirements for agricultural commodities, these apply to farms and plantations producing sustainable biomass under ISCC:
Principle 1: Protect land with high biodiversity value or high carbon stock.
Principle 2: Environmentally sound production that protects soil, water and air
Principle 3: Safe working conditions
Principle 4: Respect for human, labor and land rights
Principle 5: Compliance with laws and international treaties
Principle 6: Good management practices and continuous improvement
Renewable energies and CO2 reduction
We are also aware of our responsibility when it comes to energy management and CO2 reduction. Over the past ten years, we have worked continuously to make the manufacture of our products more efficient, thereby reducing our energy use in production by 58%. In addition, we now obtain 74% of the energy used in the company from renewable resources - compared to 17.5% in 2010. All in all, this has enabled us to reduce CO2 emissions for electricity from 438g/kWh to 158 g/kWh.
At the same time, we were able to quadruple the share of renewable energies in the electricity mix - through appropriate energy purchasing, but also through the consistent upgrading of our company roofs with photovoltaic systems. This means that - compared with 2010 - only around one seventh of CO2 is emitted per pacifier.
When purchasing new injection molding machines and injection molds, we also ensure that their unit per unit produced is as low as possible.
Our energy efficiency has more than doubled in the last ten years. Or to put it another way, we now only need half as much energy as in 2010 to manufacture the same amount of product.