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About Us

Transportation

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About Us

Transportation

and Packaging

About us

Transportation

We do our best to avoid unnecessary transportation and ensure that materials are generally sourced from regions close to the manufacturing site. Goods are transported by sea wherever possible, as this is the most economical and environmentally-friendly option.

 

After goods have been finished and packed they are being loaded into containers. Trucks take them to the port, which is located close to the factories and thus contributes to CO2 reduction, as does the effective shipping of containers by ship through the port of Hamburg and again by truck to our main warehouse in Berlin. In addition, direct shipment minimizes additional distances such as from asian producers to distribution partners from Asia or Australia. We try to use air traffic only in urgent cases, instead the new rail route from China to Germany, which has a significantly lower CO2 balance and is cheaper.

More than 500 retailers around the world sell Ucon Acrobatics. All the goods are currently manufactured in China and shipped from there.

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Packaging

We want to reduce packaging and make it more sustainable at the same time. We currently use two types of packaging. The first is transport packaging - cardboard packaging that is stacked in overseas containers and later returned to the recycling process. On the other hand, these are product packaging to protect our goods directly from soiling. Especially here we are looking for more sustainable alternatives, because until now we have used plastic foils for this purpose.

What is the problem with plastic?

Plastics take decades to centuries to decompose in nature. What happens with micro- and nanoplastics is not yet foreseeable. For many, there is only one solution to avoid further kilometres of plastic strudel in the oceans and towering landfills on land. Plastics must be seen as a valuable, recyclable resource, the recycling economy must be promoted and investments made in smarter recycling. But of the estimated 8.3 billion tons of plastic that came into circulation worldwide by 2017, only about 9 percent was recycled1. The large mass ended up in waste incinerators, landfills or even in the environment. After all, separating waste cleanly and producing single-variety recycling materials is expensive - and requires huge investments that many countries cannot afford.

Even countries like Germany face challenges. According to the industry association 'Plastics Europe', only 16 kilograms of the 46 kilograms of plastic waste produced by every German per year are recycled, i.e. melted down and processed into new products. Two kilos end up on the landfill, the remaining 28 kilos of plastic waste are 'thermally recycled' in the waste incineration plant to generate electricity or heat. Although this saves coal or other fossil fuels, the energy used to produce the plastic is wasted.

1 'What a Waste 2.0' Report, World Bank

Are bio-plastics a solution?

Bio in relation to plastics has two meanings:

Plastics from a renewable raw material

In addition to crude oil, plastics can also be made from corn, potatoes, sugar cane or wood. There has been criticism of the use of food as the basis for packaging material. In addition the cultivation of the raw materials damages the environment and the bio-plastic has the same disposal problem as plastics on crude oil basis.

Biodegradable plastics

The compostable bio-plastic bags also have a problem. Their material is composed in such a way that it decomposes in a comparatively short time, but this only happens under precisely defined conditions. The domestic compost heap rarely offers these conditions. In industrial composting plants, there are two problems: firstly, the compostable bags are often sorted out together with non-decomposable bags. Secondly, they do not produce organic material because the process takes longer than, for example, the decomposition of a banana peel.

Are bio-plastics a solution?

Bio in relation to plastics has two meanings:

Plastics from a renewable raw material

In addition to crude oil, plastics can also be made from corn, potatoes, sugar cane or wood. There has been criticism of the use of food as the basis for packaging material. In addition the cultivation of the raw materials damages the environment and the bio-plastic has the same disposal problem as plastics on crude oil basis.

Biodegradable plastics

The compostable bio-plastic bags also have a problem. Their material is composed in such a way that it decomposes in a comparatively short time, but this only happens under precisely defined conditions. The domestic compost heap rarely offers these conditions. In industrial composting plants, there are two problems: firstly, the compostable bags are often sorted out together with non-decomposable bags. Secondly, they do not produce organic material because the process takes longer than, for example, the decomposition of a banana peel.

What other alternative is there?

Recycled paper bags

Paper consists of the renewable raw material wood and is easy to recycle. In Germany, for example, around 75 percent of waste paper is used in the production of paper and cardboard. We therefore want to use recycled paper as a test from summer 2019 as product packaging for our smaller bags. These are also used in our online shop as transport packaging and are therefore twice as efficient.

Grass paper boxes

From summer 2019 deliver larger products which can be purchased via our online shop with grass boxes as transport packaging. Grass from domestic meadows can be processed into cardboard with a share of 40% and causes 75% less CO2 emissions than wood. In addition, grass consumes only 2 litres of water per tonne (compared to 6,000 litres for wood) and only 1/10 of the energy. When processing grass for paper production, there is no need to use of chemistry.

Our grass comes mainly from otherwise unused compensation areas, which can only be mown very late as biotopes. By this time the grass has already grown so tall that it is woody and no animal has to do without food. These wild meadows support biodiversity; flowers and herbs create space for a variety of insects such as bees.

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We partner with outside associations to help us fulfill our mission to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. Read more...

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We established our opening collection in the early summer of 2001 with the vision to develop a lifestyle brand anchored by creativity, quality tailoring, innovative appliqués and ethical production. Read more...

Manufacturing

To bring our products alive, we work with carefully selected suppliers in China that we are constantly foster to meet our high standards. Read more...

Materials

Great products are built with great materials. To achieve this, the material development considers three principles: designing to last, exclusivity and collaboration. Read more...

Philosophy & Identity

Life in the city is something we’ve learnt to embrace. Appreciating the variety: a kaleidoscope of cultures all in one place. Read more...

Transportation and Packaging

We do our best to avoid unnecessary transportation and ensure that materials are generally sourced from regions close to the manufacturing site. Read more...

Sustainable Enterpreneurship

We partner with outside associations to help us fulfill our mission to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. Read more...

Manufacturing

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