Sustainability

We want you to enjoy our furniture for a very long time, That is why we select our raw materials very carefully and only use the highest quality beech and birch veneers. HABA use veneer from genuine timber for all furniture products to create a sustainable classroom environment.

Environmental protection has been an integrated part of HABA policy for over 80 years. In fact, this is one of the reasons we chose to partner with HABA. Our core beliefs and values fit so closely with the HABA ethics. We have a deep commitment to both creating beautiful, flexible learning environments for children and our responsibility to sustainability. All our quality, modular furniture products are made with real wood veneer from genuine timber, to create a healthy room climate.

Certification

Our products have carried the PEFC seal since 2010, beech and birch wood we use for these comes from sustainable forests

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HABA became the first German toy manufacturer to pass the Öko-Audit (Eco Audit) in 1999 and has since strived towards continuous environmental management in accordance with DIN ISO 14001.

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Compliant with the nationally and internationally recognized quality standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2015, which forms the basis for our in-house continuous improvement process. This enables us to continuously improve the quality of our products and services for the benefit of our customers.

The HABA headquarters at Bad Rodach was awarded the Gold Certificate by DNGB (German Sustainable Building Council) - a national and international standard for the classification of environmentally friendly and sustainable buildings - and is recognised as one of the top 20 most sustainable buildings in Germany.

An energy management system certified to ISO 50001.We constantly analyse the influence and impact our company has on the environment and identify potential for improvement.

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How do we achieve sustainable manufacturing?

1. HABA use veneer from genuine timber for all furniture products. Our wood is sourced from sustainable forestry that maintains woodlands – at least one new tree has to be planted for each tree we use!

2. Our roots are in Germany –The beech and birch wood used comes from forests within a radius of 150km of our site in Bad Rodach, Germany. We use only regional suppliers which carry the PEFC seal, ensuring short delivery routes.

3. Our furniture is made by over 500 skilled workers in our on site production plant, meaning we can directly influence the entire value chain as well as the use of materials and energy.

4. We constantly investigate how much material is used and the amount of emissions and waste. The use of state of the art machinery allows us to continually improve the energy-related performance of our factories. Raw materials are processed with a low level of energy.

5. During manufacturing, the chips and other waste are pressed into particle board or used for generating energy in our factories. Every year 4500 tonnes of wood scraps from processing are fed into our heating system. This lets us heat all the buildings at our headquarters without needing to use fossil fuels.

6. Quality control and rigorous safety testing also takes place on site so furniture is not transported elsewhere.

7. All our products are made to order, so there is no waste or storage in warehouses. When shipping our products, we use only the most environmentally friendly and recyclable packaging material possible- and only as much as we really need too.

2. Our roots are in Germany –The beech and birch wood used comes from forests within a radius of 150km of our site in Bad Rodach, Germany. We use only regional suppliers which carry the PEFC seal, ensuring short delivery routes.

4. We constantly investigate how much material is used and the amount of emissions and waste. The use of state of the art machinery allows us to continually improve the energy-related performance of our factories. Raw materials are processed with a low level of energy.

6. Quality control and rigorous safety testing also takes place on site so furniture is not transported elsewhere.

8. We offer an inside delivery service to set up rooms and remove packaging, which is then recycled or disposed of in an environmentally responsible way, certified and regulated by the Environment Agency

Sustainable at every step of the process

Recycling of leftover wood, use of rainwater for sanitation facilities, office air-conditioning through earth-air heat exchangers, electricity generation by photovoltaic systems, natural open spaces and facades, green roofs – the list of HABA’s measures to protect the environment is long.  For us, complying with all applicable environmental laws and standards is not an obligation, but second nature!  Sustainable action is a central element of the corporate philosophy – the office building “Leschenhof” (headquarters and factory production at Bad Rodach, Germany), completed at the end of 2012, represents this tradition and was awarded the Gold Certificate by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen (DGNB – German Sustainable Building Council) in 2014.  This is a national and international standard for the classification of environmentally friendly, resource-saving, and sustainable buildings.  Around 60 criteria from the fields of ecology, economy, socio-cultural and functional aspects, technology, processes, and location are incorporated in the evaluation.  The HABA Family of Companies’ office building meets 84.6% of the evaluation criteria and is one of the top 20 most sustainable buildings in Germany.

Did you know?

Veneer allows for the most economical use of wood, a valuable resource. Enough veneer for the furniture of 16 bedrooms can be created from 1m3 of wood!