We at Kitotec GmbH certainly cannot save the planet alone. Nevertheless, we can do our bit to protect the environment and conserve resources. That's why we've been turning the small screws in our company for a long time. Before our move to Meckenheim, the existing building was converted 100% to LED lighting. In addition, an extremely efficient heating system with high support from solar thermal energy was installed.
As a matter of principle, we take back equipment delivered by us and its packaging for proper disposal. However, if we determine during the inspection of the goods that they can still be repaired and that this also makes economic sense, our customers will always receive a message from us regarding this. In this way, we would like to avoid unnecessary waste and the squandering of resources.
We have reduced our air travel by 90% and car travel by 80% since 2017 by switching to online support. Before each service call, we ask our customers if an on-site appointment is really necessary or if we cannot solve the problem online through a video conference. Our trade fair activities have been massively reduced since 2017, as a lot of energy and material is consumed by travelling, transport and trade fair construction and we now question the sense of these many trade fairs.
The little things make up for it: We don't use plastic adhesive tapes and plastic delivery note bags. We get 90% of our inner packaging from Piel Wohnen und Schenken in Meckenheim. This inner packaging for glass and porcelain is absolutely clean and by using it a second time, we achieve at least a halving of waste. The same applies to sturdy, clean cardboard boxes that are matched to the size of the goods and pallets that are reused. Precise descriptions in our webshop and good advice prevent wrong orders. The use of modern software avoids at least 60% of the previous paper consumption. The waste reduction has led to the pleasant circumstance that we now only put out our waste bin for paper, plastic and residual waste for collection once a month, which are then usually not even completely full.
Our next project will be a largely self-sufficient energy supply, which we would like to implement by 2024.