STABILO GREENline

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STABILO is the expert for advertising messages with a green conscience – sustainable products made of FSC wood, biodegradable plastic and renewable plastics.

There is a large selection of green products with sustainable promotional options in every category. The STABILO GREEN BOSS highlighter and the STABILO GREENstyle and STABILO pointball push-button ballpoint pens are all made of recycled material, the STABILO GREENfancy push-button ballpoint pen’s casing is made of biodegradable plastic, and the STABILO GREENcolors pencils and many other graphite and colored pencils are made of FSC wood. STABILO produced the first pen to consist of 87% recycled plastic: the STABILO GREENpoint fibre-tip pen was consequently awarded a Cradle to Cradle silver certificate. Its extensive portfolio of green products makes STABILO an expert in sustainable promotional pens.

OUR POLICY

Taking responsibility

STABILO is committed to responsible activities in all the company’s divisions. In our international production plants, we strive to ensure that we handle natural resources extremely conscientiously, save energy and increase recycling rate.

Focused on sustainability

Our plant in Weissenburg, Germany powered 100% by green electricity. Also the new STABILO CUBE Headquarter in Heroldsberg, Deutschland focus on sustainability: the data centre is cooled using fresh air and geothermal energy, and the waste heat is used to heat the administration building.

Social Charta

As long ago as 2005, in the tradition of social responsibility, the Schwan-STABILO Group signed a social charter, a global framework agreement between the company and the trade union, with the aim of promoting humane working conditions.

OUR GREEN PRODUCTS

FROM CRADLE TO CRADLE – ADVERTISING WITH PENS MADE FROM RECYCLABLE MATERIALS

From cradle to cradle – Thanks to intensive research and development work, we are able to produce pens consisting of recycled plastics

Pens made of recycling material

 

STABILO became the first writing instrument producer in the world to receive an FSC® certification

Wooden pencils in the STABILO GREENline are manufactured in accordance with the high requirements of the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council)

Pencils made of FSC® wood

DELIVER GREEN MESSAGES CREDIBLY USING BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS

STABILO ballpoint pens with casing primarily made of biodegradable plastic, which is composed of renewable, cellulose-based raw materials.

Bio-plastic ballpoint pens

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

WHAT DOES BIODEGRADABLE MEAN?

The cradle-to-cradle concept is based on zero waste and describes a form of cyclical resource usage in which the modes of production are orientated towards the preservation of added value. Analogously to the food cycle in nature, in which waste products from one organism are used by another, material flows in production systems are planned in such a way that waste and inefficient use of energy are avoided.

HOW ARE CRADLE-TO-CRADLE PRODUCTS CERTIFIED?

EPEA (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency) is an international research and consulting institute that optimises the quality and usefulness of materials, products and services through eco-effective design. In the cradle-to-cradle certification process, the certificate is awarded to products that use environmentally safe, healthy and recyclable materials..

WHAT IS THE FSC®?

The FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forest management. Its aims include the preservation of valuable virgin forests, the protection of the indigenous people living in them and, above all, the long-term, ecologically acceptable use of wood as a natural raw material.

WHAT DOES THE FSC® DO?

The FSC® standards define the minimum ecological and social standards that have to be complied with in forest management. Inspections are conducted in the processing chain to guarantee that certified wood or paper is clearly declared and actually reaches the consumer.

WHAT ARE THE FSC® STANDARDS?

The FSC® guidelines for forestry management include the protection of the rights of the people living in the forests and the preservation of biodiversity. Furthermore, in Germany, for example, they forbid clear-felling and the use of pesticides. They also guarantee that FSC®-certified wood is not inadmissibly mixed with other wood during further processing. This control chain extends from forest management all the way to the product on the shop counter.

HOW DOES THE FSC® CHECK STANDARDS ARE BEING UPHELD?

The FSC® certificate is awarded for companies at all stages of production. It is only awarded after the company has passed an initial inspection by an independent certifier. Compliance with the standards is checked annually.

WHAT DOES BIODEGRADABLE MEAN?

The housing of the STABILO GREENfancy ballpoint pen is made of renewable plastics. The base material for this plastic is cellulose from European softwood trees, i.e. no foodstuffs such as maize are used. The material from which the pen is made is biodegradable and nevertheless heat-resistant, which is genuinely unique in the bioplastics field.

HOW DOES THE DEGRADATION PROCESS WORK?

The degradation process depends on various parameters, such as temperature or the number and type of bacterial cultures in the soil or other environment. Industrial composting facilities in the waste management sector work at 70° C and contain six bacterial cultures. In these conditions, the degradation process takes several months – a more precise figure cannot be given. As a rule, such temperatures cannot be reached in privately used composting systems, e.g. for garden waste.

IS COMPOSTING BIOPLASTICS HARMFUL TO THE ENVIRONMENT?

No. The pigments used in GREENfancy products are also compostable, i.e. these pigments neither disturb nor damage the bacterial cultures in the composting systems used in the waste management sector.

ARE STABILO COLORS ENVIRONMENTALLY COMPATIBLE?

Yes, of course. STABILO uses only environmentally compatible colors and most certainly no toxic substances in the colorant production processes. In 80% of cases, water is used as a solvent and is then cleaned and reused in closed loops, thus ensuring that scarcely a drop of precious drinking water is wasted. Apart from a few special pens, all the pens and colorants are made of materials that can be disposed of unproblematically in normal household waste.

DOES STABILO USE BENZENE OR FORMALDEHYDE?

No. Critical substances, such as formaldehyde, benzene or trichloroethane, are not used to manufacture STABILO products.

WHAT MAKES STABILO WOOD-CASED PENCILS ENVIRONMENTFRIENDLY WRITING INSTRUMENTS?

The pens and pencils in the STABILO GREENline are manufactured in accordance with the high requirements of the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) using wood from responsibly managed forests which bears the FSC® seal. Many people may find this surprising, but the lead in a STABILO pencil doesn’t contain any lead at all. The lead consists of graphite and clay.

HOW DOES STABILO AVOID WASTE IN THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS?

STABILO separates waste into plastic, metal and colorant components. These components are recycled for the production of new writing instruments. Only a small proportion is disposed of as waste. The colorant containers do not finish up as hazardous waste, but are reused by partners. Residue from the ink production process is recycled and returned to the production process.

WHAT HAPPENS TO STABILO PRODUCTS WHEN THEY RUN OUT OF INK?

A STABILO pen is a quality product with a very long life. In addition, many of our pens can be refilled. When a STABILO pen does reach the end of its useful life, however, this is no problem: the pen’s components are made of environmentally neutral materials, such as polypropylene (PP), and are completely recyclable.

WHAT IS STABILO DOING TO COUNTER RISING MOUNTAINS OF PACKAGING WASTE?

STABILO limits transport packaging to the absolute minimum amount necessary. All packaging consists mainly of recycled or recyclable materials, such as cardboard or tin plate. STABILO produces the plastic holders largely without the use of PVC, using mainly polypropylene (PP) instead. This can be incinerated or recycled along with other household waste without any problems, leaving no toxic residue, and is groundwater-neutral in landfills.