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- 8. Julho 2021
EcoVadis Platinum awarded to Tana-Chemie GmbHFor the past 14 years the respected CSR rating agency EcoVadis has assessed corporate environmental and social practices. The audit takes into account 21 criteria with a special focus on the four topics of Labor and Human Rights, Ethics, Environment, and Sustainable Procurement. The last two in particular received highly positive marks in this year’s assessment of the Werner & Mertz Professional Division, Tana-Chemie GmbH. Recognized as one of the most sustainable companies in the world, Tana-Chemie has earned the Platinum medal and a place in the highest rating class – an exclusive distinction that is awarded in only one percent of all cases. The Mainz-based cleaning products company has made the circular economy the key element in its corporate philosophy for many years. Moreover, Tana-Chemie is well aware of its economic, social and ecological responsibility for its employees, customers, suppliers and the environment.
- 3. Agosto 2020
Vergabe-Insider: New online trade journal about green public procurementThere’s no doubt that public procurement must and will become more sustainable. The changes present great challenges to purchasing agents because, despite sustainability’s relevance, the issue has thus far been neglected in public procurement. Consequently, the agents lack clarification on one hand and concrete assistance with practical implementation on the other. In order to change that, the Professional Division of the Mainz-based cleaning products manufacturer Werner & Mertz, is working with the Forschungsgruppe für Recht und Management öffentlicher Beschaffung (FoRMöB) at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich. Together they have founded the VERGABE INSIDER, an online trade journal for everyone who deals with green public procurement. Another important partner in the magazine is NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union).
- 12. Novembro 2019
Patented stand-up pouch of monomaterial: The ecological all-rounderWithin the scope of its Recyclate Initiative, Werner & Mertz has reached another milestone on the way to a genuine circular economy. The company has brought to market the world’s first completely recyclable pouch of a monomaterial (polyethylene) with removable label, whose development followed Cradle to Cradle® principles. The innovative and patented pouch concept is the result of a four-year joint development project conducted by Werner & Mertz and the global packaging and paper firm Mondi. The concept solves the problem of recycling printed plastic. About 85 percent of the packaging material is not printed and therefore can be recycled with no loss of quality as it is not contaminated by ink. The remaining 15 percent, the printed label, is completely recyclable and, because no adhesives or bonding agents are used, the material can flow back into new applications. Certification recently was conferred by the independent Institut cyclos-HTP and Interseroh, which stated that the stand-up pouch has “very good recyclability that cannot be optimized any further.”
- 27. Outubro 2019
German Environmental Award 2019 for Reinhard SchneiderFederal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on citizens to “make bold decisions today” in environmental and climate protection to trigger “positive interactions for tomorrow”. “The future is not predestined. It’s up to us what we make of it,” he said at the presentation of the German Environmental Award of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) in Mannheim. “The plastic bottle that is recycled today or not even produced will not end up in the oceans tomorrow. It will be back in the raw material cycle the day after tomorrow. The soil, which is protected from erosion today, binds carbon. And it can still be used tomorrow as farmland to feed people.” Steinmeier presented the highest endowed independent environmental award in Europe with a total of 500,000 EUR to the soil scientist Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner from the Technical University of Munich and Werner & Mertz CEO Reinhard Schneider.
- 10. Setembro 2018
Expansion of the KLIKS System: KLIKS Pouch for Building Cleaning and Kitchen HygieneKliks was the first professional Cradle-to-Cradle® certified assortment launched for machine dishwashing and laundry processes. The highly concentrated products offer compact efficiency and top cleaning performance. Now we have expanded the Kliks System with Kliks-Pouch, a closed dosing system that offers a controlled and precise dose of cleaning products for kitchen hygiene and building cleaning.
- 25. Abril 2018
Quick & Easy conversion to 100% rHDPE cartridgesOur popular “Quick & Easy” system offers several advantages. The extensive range of products combines mobile and exact dosing with simple and safe use. On top of that, the system has an innovative packaging design that makes economical dosages possible. In 2020 we made “Quick & Easy” even more sustainable by converting the packaging material for the cartridges from 50% recyclable plastic (rHDPE) to 100% rHDPE. In the interests of a circular economy, the used packaging material can be recycled completely with household waste and the material cycle remains closed. Because the cartridges are produced on the Werner & Mertz premises, we also reduce transportation costs and related emissions.