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Sustainability policy

How sustainable we are ourselves?

Van der Sar Import is an importer and producer of pots, vases, bowls, and baskets. Sustainability, the climate, and the environment are of paramount importance in our company. Van der Sar Import requires its suppliers to produce their products sustainably. That is particularly good, but not enough. Van der Sar Import itself is also on his way to a 100 % sustainable organization.

We do not use natural gas.

The best materials were used in the construction of our new business premises (2014). Due to good insulation, our energy consumption is already low. Thanks to our heat pump and the use of green electricity, our building is 100 % energy neutral. In winter we use geothermal heat. In summer, the heat pump replenishes the underground sources with heat. Bonus: we therefore have a wonderfully cool office in summer!

Our cars run on hydrogen. 

In January 2020, our 2nd hydrogen company car was delivered. We would like to be an ambassador for this environmentally friendly fuel carrier. Finding filling stations (on time) is still a challenge from time to time, but we are willing to take this for granted.

We use Fairphones.

Fairphone builds mobile phones and strives for devices with 100 % responsibly produced parts and materials. For example, Fairphone sources its cobalt, an important raw material for mobile phones, exclusively from slave-free mines. Each device has a modular design. The user can reorder any part and replace it himself. It is not the coolest phone, but a Fairphone will last much longer. See also: www.fairphone.com/en/story

We bank sustainably.

Our activities are financed by SNS Bank, part of the De Volksbank. For this bank sustainability is also of paramount importance. No investments are made in activities involving weapons, fossil energy and intensive agriculture. Every new customer is judged on its sustainability and must meet their conditions. That also applies to us. Also check out: www.devolksbank.nl/en/about-us

We develop sustainably.

We keep developing new pots and baskets and are always looking for new materials. We are only interested in materials that do not burden the environment or do so to a minimum.

When possible, environmental certificates are part of our requirements for product and production process. Many materials do not yet have environmental certifications available. In that case, we will assess the environmental impact ourselves. Our knowledge in this area is growing very rapidly. We are transparent and communicate our findings.

Our selection of suppliers is also based on sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We regularly visit the production sites and check the working conditions under which our products are made.

We almost have our first certificate!

Flagship and pioneer within our sustainable range is our rattan factory in Indonesia. For years, the rattan has been self-sustainably harvested in the rainforests of Indonesia and no tropical rainforest has disappeared for the production of our baskets. Now (June 2020) we are in the final phase of being the first in the world (!) to receive a certificate for our sustainable production process.

This certificate also (needless to say) demands a socially responsible personnel policy from us. In our rattan factory, employees receive a fair salary, 2 meals a day, their own bank account, an employment contract, and health insurance.

After rattan, we would also like to certify the other product groups. Now (June 2020) we have been working for 3 years to certify our rattan products. Our products made from sea grass, jute and recycled cotton are also produced sustainably. As soon as we receive the rattan certificate, one of these product groups will be the next. For more information about our sustainable products, visit www.terima-kasih.nl/en

Not everything sustainable yet.

The important product group of ceramic pots is still produced in the traditional way. A lot of energy is still needed for their production. These complex processes cannot be adjusted overnight. We regularly discuss the subject with our suppliers. We do not expect a sustainable solution here in the short term. The road to 100 % sustainability is a long one, in which we try to take steps every day.

Concluding.

Our sustainable way of working and thinking requires extra effort from our organization. We do this because we think it is important and we believe in it. Fortunately, most customers appreciate our commitment. That gives us the energy to continue this path.

 

Gerard G. van der Sar

Director

 

Interesting links

Terima Kasih (sustainable products VDS):                    www.terima-kasih.nl/en    

Fairphone:                                                                      www.fairphone.com/en

Sustainability scores Dutch banks:                                www.fairfinanceguide.org

Volksbank / SNS                                                            www.volksbank.nl/en        

Investments in energy companies:                                www.carbonaccountingfinancials.com

TNO on hydrogen                                                          energytransition towards CO2 neutral fuels