In Harmony with Nature
As the world’s leading manufacturer of premium upholstery leather, BOXMARK considers it essential to produce highest quality products in harmony with nature. Environment-friendly production processes and active environment and climate protection are integral parts of our corporate strategy. BOXMARK’s forward-thinking, ecological and energy-efficient overall concept ensures that our business activities have as small an impact as possible on the environment. In this way, we guarantee that resources are used sparingly, waste and emissions are reduced, and legal regulations and standards are complied with.
BOXMARK´s Ecology Center
BOXMARK’s in-house Ecology Center ensures that the standards introduced into the company not only exist on paper, but are put into practice in our everyday business. Appropriate support and ongoing training ensure that our environmental experts are kept up to date in their field of expertise. They also regularly exchange their experiences in internal and external work groups, thereby expanding their knowledge.
Environmental Management System
Quality and environment go hand in hand at BOXMARK. In addition to the quality management systems ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/TS 16949;2009 that we introduced many years ago, we have also used the environmental management system according to ISO 14001:2004 at BOXMARK since 1998. Environmental management audits are conducted at regular intervals.
Environmentally-friendly Leather Production
BOXMARK sets standards in leather production worldwide, especially as far as ecology is concerned. Due to the consistent development and research activities it has been possible to replace the traditional chromium III tanning procedure with a vegetable synthetic production process.
BOXMARK has also succeeded in converting the leather dyeing process to using heavy-metal free pigments. The finishing of leather articles is only done with solvent-free varnish. That's why BOXMARK meets all EU requirements for end-of-life vehicles with all its products.
Highly skilled Workforce
Our staff responsible for ecological concerns receive a high level of training which is constantly being updated. This ensures an environmentally oriented, state-of-the art production.
Optimized production methods, sensible energy recovery, closed cycles of material and energy flows help to optimize the use of resources in all areas of our business.
The Feldbach facility has been powered by solar energy since April 2015. A system with 588 modules and a nominal output of 149.94 kWp was installed on the factory roof. The expected annual electricity production is about 168,000 kWh, equivalent to the average power consumption of 40 Austrian households per year. The goal is to generate enough energy to cover most of its own needs in the medium term.
The prevention of waste is a top priority at BOXMARK. Our ecology concept has enabled us to reduce our total waste by more than 80%. By-products from production, such as tissue residues, are processed into animal fat or alternative fuels, pieces of hide are used as raw material by the collagen industry and leather scraps are sold to bag and belt manufacturers. With the appropriate waste management of the remaining waste BOXMARK has standards way above the stringent legal requirements.
Exhaust air is free of any solvents and does not cause any environmental pollution, thanks to a solvent-free finishing line which was set up many years ago.
The exhaust air from sewage plants (sludge dewatering, sludge storage, primary treatment, waste water sump systems etc.) and from waste recycling is carefully sucked off and cleaned by fully automatic biofilter plants.
Fully Biological Sewage Treatment Plants
BOXMARK runs state-of-the-art biological sewage plants for tanning waste water at all its leather production sites. Each plant runs a chemical-mechanical pre-cleaning system as well as a fully biological treatment of all waste waters where nitric and phosphate remains are removed. The plant components are permanently monitored by dedicated computer systems. Perfect plant construction, professional operation and maintenance and regulated monitoring of the entire plant, has improved the cleaning performance to a remarkable 98 %, way above the required legal limits. The technology for the “tertiary purification stage” was developed in-house and has yet to find its match in any other tannery.
The successful conversion to chrome-free leather production has resulted in the removal of heavy metals as well as optimized conditioning. This has the added benefit of allowing the sludge which occurs during waster water treatment to be used as compost.