120 6 Nature and people Packaging as little as possible It is not just our raw materials that are subject to strict requirements We also have the highest standards when it comes to packaging It should protect the products in the best possible way But we only want to use the amount of material absolutely necessary for this What we use must be as environmentally friendly as possible Our fully recyclable tea boxes are made of virgin wood fibre and bear the FSC seal We have consciously opted for virgin wood fibre as it keeps our products as safe as possible from traces of mineral oil We have also opted for vegetable oil based printing inks an important contribution to protecting finite resources The plastic around all of our tea boxes is cellulose based Nature Flex instead of ending up as plastic waste the film produced using carbon neutral processes decomposes into its natural components dur ing composting Our tea bags made from Manila hemp are also compostable The solitary metal staple on the paper tag does not harm the compost We have had this checked by external experts Nevertheless we are working towards completely eliminating metal staples We reuse the large outer boxes holding our finished goods several times if possible in order to minimise cardboard waste And if there is anything left at the end it is recycled in a local paper mill We continuously work to enhance material efficiency which given our range of products mainly relates to packaging Through numerous meas ures we have already succeeded in Diepholz in reducing our average packaging per product from 35 4g in 2013 to 34 6g in 2014 and 33 3g in 2015 This may sound like heavy packaging but this not only includes all direct product packaging but also the shipping packaging required to get the products to the store shelf In numbers in 2015 78 6 of our packaging materials was made of paper and cardboard and 10 9 of var ious plastic and composite materials while NatureFlex film accounted for 4 1 glass 3 3 and tinplate 2 3 Other materials accounted for less than one percent At the same time we are working on increasing the proportion of pack aging from renewable materials year on year This amounted to 83 1 in 2015 For coffee we use packaging material in the form of film bags card board boxes and labels In 2015 we averaged 73 8g of packaging per kilo of coffee The cardboard boxes used to hold our products made up 69 of this When it comes to our standard coffee packaging 250g 500g and 1 000g it works out that the 500g bag needs the least material in relation to the content 250g of coffee 8g of film 500g 11g 1kg 23g The additional expenditure associated with our high packaging standards adds up to 100 000 euros per year per measure This may sound ex cessive to some but we firmly believe that good products deserve good packaging

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