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We are for a Life in Motion. In all respects.

Every day, a multitude of swoppers, 3Dees, muvmans, and more leave our plant in Horgau near Augsburg. As the number of our products steadily grows, so does our responsibility to manufacture these in a particularly sustainable and environmentally-friendly way. We therefore constantly scrutinise our internal and external processes regarding sustainability, eco-friendliness, and health safety. For example, we have long since been using solar panels to produce the electricity to power our production site ourselves, we use materials that are almost completely recyclable, and we are always scrutinising traditional logistics challenges, such as packaging, shipping, and recycling systems.

To underscore how important the topics of sustainability and environmental protection are to us, we have posed questions on crucial issues to our product development team and the Head of Production in manufacturing. You can view the answers by clicking on the question. If you have any further questions, we are happy to add to the list. Get in touch by sending us an email to info(at)aeris(dot)de

We always have! And we have always worked on further expanding our efforts in terms of environmental protection and sustainability. We start thinking about this as early as during the development stage for new products. This is where we lay the foundations, ideally by selecting materials that are reusable or largely recyclable. For example, the aluminium we use for our products is not only extremely high-quality, but practically 100% of it can be fed back into the material cycle. Our commitment to environmental protection continues in the selection of suppliers, and is of course also a factor in our assembly department. All “surplus” components that may be left over as part of service activities or don’t meet aeris’ quality standards are collected and – wherever possible – sorted by material, then fed back into the material cycle. In goods transport, we reuse carriers (e.g., pallets) and packaging material. If this isn’t possible, then the material is also fed back into the recycling circuit. And the fact that we generate our own environmentally-friendly solar energy to manufacture our products and to operate the building in Horgau has been an aeris standard since 2007.

Since 2007, we have used environmentally-friendly electricity generated with our own solar system for the production and logistics of our products in Horgau. Furthermore, we have replaced the existing gas heaters in Horgau with much more efficient heat pumps, which are operated with our self-produced electricity. We have also upgraded our facilities to make them more energy-efficient, for example by exchanging static neon lighting for dynamic LED lighting. In addition, a power store will cover nightly energy requirements in the future.

Since we generate electricity from renewable energy, we have already achieved climate neutrality in the operation of our production site in Horgau. In our headquarters in Haar, we try to use the company’s electric car for as many business trips as possible.

We generate the electricity for our production in Horgau entirely from solar energy. The excess energy that is produced flows back into the electricity grid. We also use green energy for our headquarters in Haar. There, we work together with a power supplier who offers 100% green energy.

We regularly inspect our products regarding product safety and environmental compatibility. In concrete terms, this means that we have them inspected and certified by TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH in Nuremberg at the recommended regular intervals.

Our products also feature the GS symbol for “Tested safety” as well as the “LGA-tested” seal to indicate the absence of pollutants. The GS test simulates long-term, intensive use of the furniture by means of load tests. During the pollutant test, the materials are examined for pollutants and the complete product is inspected for emissions.

TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH is an accredited inspection body with many years of experience in the area of furniture testing, and they examine both product safety and environmental compatibility. We therefore see no need to consult additional institutes. In general, we believe that product tests should be carried out in a legitimate way for the sake of the client – greenwashing through inspections that are influenced by associations who receive financing from the industry is not in line with our philosophy.

With the “Tested safety” and “LGA-tested” seals, we already have the most important seals from the highest inspection authority in Germany. Furthermore, our products have been awarded the AGR seal of approval for back-friendly products by AGR, “Aktion Gesunder Rücken e. V“ (“the Campaign for Healthier Backs”), an independent association whose members are scientists and medical professionals. We are also fortunate to have received certifications from IGR e. V., the association of back therapy teachers, and the BAG, the national association for the promotion of posture and movement. We are currently not planning to obtain additional certifications.

We are closely observing climate change, with all its facets and impacts. As soon as we recognise new requirements – aside from the solar system for our production facility and the green electricity in our headquarters – we will examine our courses of action and respond accordingly.

We already start considering the topics of the environment and sustainability from the moment we select our partners. We particularly pay attention to the following aspects:

  • Distance to our production site,
  • handling of environmental concerns,
  • synergy effects in the area of sustainability,
  • quality of the products concerning materials, processing, and durability.
  • We regularly examine existing customer-supplier contacts.

Only if suppliers fulfil our demanding requirement specifications do we enter into a partnership with them. We always set a partnership up on a long-term basis, with the aim of utilising synergy effects and sustainability.

Our national authorised distributors generally have a retail shop or sell aeris products through direct distribution from their own warehouse. This results in a very low CO2 impact. The only aspect that leads to considerable emissions is transport, but unfortunately, these are emissions we cannot influence.
Similar rules apply in the selection of our international partners. We only deliver products at the point at which it makes economic and ecological sense. And when we do, we make sure we only work with forwarding agents who share our ecological mindset.

Because aeris is committed to environmental compatibility and durability when it comes to materials, quality, processing, function, and service:

  • We take the quality and recycling properties of materials into account as early as during the product development phase. Wherever possible, we opt for detachable material bonding. Ideally, the connection is made through insertion as opposed to gluing or other fixing methods.
  • In general, we work according to the maxim that we only use as much material as is necessary for function and product safety. Excess design elements without an actual function do not exist in aeris products.
  •  Furthermore, intelligent constructions and solid processing guarantee an extraordinary durability of aeris products. It is not unusual for products manufactured in aeris’ early years, meaning more than 20 years ago, to still be in use on a daily basis.
  • Finally, the warranty period of 3 years, which exceeds the legal warranty obligations, as well as the comprehensive, customer-friendly service offered by aeris, helps preserve resources and thereby promote sustainability. Customers can have a product overhauled in the plant instead of disposing of it, exchange individual components instead of buying a new product – and if something should really no longer work or become defective, aeris will repair it in many cases or take it back and ensure that it is correctly disposed of.

In this case, defective products are repaired – as far as possible and if this is what the customer wants. If components are exchanged, the replaced units are dismantled, ideally to the point that they can be separated by material and fed back into the raw-material cycle. We not only sort the materials into metal-plastic-paper, but also into their individual material groups, e.g., types of steel, aluminium, composite material, and plastics.

Our products are tested in different ways, especially to ensure longevity. These include internal endurance tests in which trial users test our products for predefined time periods and under certain conditions, so that we can measure the suitability and wear-and-tear of a new component or a new product. Additionally, independent institutions carry out classic “stress tests” which simulate the entire “life” of a product in a short time span. Finally, we also learn from the experience of our customers, who give us positive as well as critical feedback with which we can continue to improve the quality of our products, even after more than 20 years in the industry.

We consciously restrict our selection to a small number of high-quality materials. Essentially, these are different plastics, aluminium casting alloys, steel, and rubber compounds made of high-quality natural rubber.

Since we feed a very large part of the materials back into the recycling cycle in cases of non-use, we are left with very little waste. In concrete numbers: Two small 80-litre residual waste bins, which are emptied at most once a week, suffice for the entire production site in Horgau (approximately 2,000 m²). All other waste is returned to the recycling loop.

We obtain the genuine leather for our products from a specialist dealer based in Lower Saxony, who was been active on the market for about 30 years and exclusively processes European leather. It is important to us that the dealer treats animals and the environment with respect. The leather itself is a high-quality, semi-aniline thick leather, full-grain, soft, breathable, and ecologically mineral-tanned. The leather complies with the fire protection standard IMO Resolution MSC.307(88).

We are of course registered with the dual waste system offered by the “Grüner Punkt” (“Green Dot”). All of our sales packaging consists of corrugated cardboard, as does the inner packaging. However, we are not yet able to entirely omit the use of bubble wrap, for example, because we have not been able to approve any alternatives that meet all of our quality demands regarding protection and transport safety.

Of course! Otherwise we wouldn’t be able to separate all materials to the extent that we do. For example, our employees are trained in differentiating polyamides (e.g., nylon) from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene copolymer (high-performance plastics and composites). This is important if you want to reuse as many materials as possible. Sorted. And this not only applies to the workshop – we also recycle carefully and very conscientiously in the tea kitchen.

Of course, we also use “externally recycled” material. For aluminium alloys, for example, we have manufacturers who produce alloys from recycled material. Our cardboard packaging also consists of recycled material.

Overview of "Safety, Contaminants and Ergonomics Tests" February 2016

Overview of “Tests for Safety, Harmful Substances and Ergonomics”

aeris GmbH/February 2016. Marcel Rotzoll will be glad to supply you with further information. Just send an e-mail to marcel.rotzoll(at)aeris(dot)de