SDG's in Re-bag
The UN has adopted 17 common objectives to ensure sustainable balance in the climate and economy worldwide.
We must eradicate poverty, protect our planet and ensure prosperity for all. This is what the essence of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations adopted in 2015. The ambition is that the goals are achieved by 2030, and it requires massive efforts from both businesses, goverments and citizens.
Each of the 17 world goals has a number of sub-goals. A total of 169 to be exact. And to each sub-objective, specific activities are linked to show the extent to which the objectives are met.
Re-bag can realate our business to a number of these goals / sub-goals, where we can help achieve those goals in 2030.
The Development Goals - or SDGs as they are called - we have chosen to work and contribute to are SDG 8, 12, 14, 15 and 17. Here we set up specific goals, sub-goals and activities in order to contribute to the SDG's.
Our SDG focus
In 2017, we started working focused on the SDGs. In Re-bag, we have so far chosen to focus on the five goals we can best contribute to.
We have looked into the underlying sub-goals and selected the relevant and realistic areas for us, and adapted them to the best possible success.
Objective 8: “Decent jobs and Economic Growth”
Development Goal 12: "Responsible consumption and production"
Development Goal 14: "Life below water"
Development Goal 15: "Life on land"
Development Objective 17: “Partnerships and Action”
Under each Development Goal we focus on specific sub-goals. Below you can see more about which goals we have chosen, as well as read the rationale for our choice, what we have achieved so far and what ambitions we have.
Development Goal no. 8: “Decent Jobs and Economic Growth”
Overall goal: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.
Objective 8.4: Gradually improve global resource utilization in consumption by 2030 and try to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in line with the 10-year Framework for Sustainable Consumption and Production Programs, with the developed countries at the forefront.
Objective 8.5: By 2030, decent work must be achieved for all women and men.
Objective 8.7: By 2030, effective measures must be taken to eradicate forced labor, modern slavery and trafficking in human beings and to prohibit and eradicate child labor in all its forms.
Subsection 8.8: Workers' rights must be protected and a safe and stable working environment for all workers must be promoted.
BSCI - High Ethics: Since 2014, we have been active participants in the BSCI - Business Social Compliance Initiative. The standard enforces through 10 audits important ethical rights that follow the International Labor Organization (ILO).
Here we have achieved an increase in connectivity from our suppliers, so today we have 90% of our suppliers with us in this standard.
Our GOTS certification: on organic natural fibers (such as cotton and jute) also helps to avoid chemicals throughout the production phase and raise ethical standards.
For 20 years we have had a practice of visiting our suppliers and inspecting the factories we use.
Development Goal no. 12: 'Responsible consumption and production'
Overall goal: Ensure sustainable consumption and production methods.
Sub-target 12.5: By 2030, the amount of waste must be significantly reduced through prevention, reduction, recycling and recycling.
Sub-Objective 12.6: Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to work sustainably and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.
Circular Economy - Re-bag has been working with Circular Economy and Design for a number of years. It has not become less important to think in a circular way - the world is lacking Resources, we are increasing the population on planet Earth, so reusing and recycling are necessary tools to integrate in our products and businesses. This is one of the reasons why we focus on the properties of our products in recycling and recycling.
Recycled plastic in our products: Since 2010, we have had a certification of recycled PP of between 50-91%.
Dansk Industri - we share knowledge !: How do we become smarter so that we can help our customers with the best possible advice in, for example, choosing a plastic type. "Should it be biodegradable, compostable or made from sugar cane (bioplastics) or Oil (conventional plastics)"?
Re-bag has chosen to invest in knowledge about sustainability, so we can give our customers the opportunity to make sustainable choices. We assist with knowledge so that our customers can communicate based on a more holistic knowledge of materials, production methods and design.
Gots - GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD - High-ranking ecology: Traceability is important to us, which is why we are Gots certified. This certification has traceability on ecology and Ethics.
Re-bag has a goal that 95% of our customers buy materials that are based on a combination of decent working conditions, recycled or organic fibers in designs that meet the requirements for circular design.
Knowledge collaboration with Technological Institutes: In 2014, we had an LCA (life cycle assessment) analysis of all our materials from Force Technology. Now we have taken the initiative to develop a completely new sustainable packaging for food that is plastic free and free of hazardous chemistry. An investment and a new market that we expect a lot from.
Development Goal no. 14: 'Life in the Sea'
Overall objective: To preserve and ensure sustainable use of the world's garden and resources.
Sub-target 14.1: By 2025, all types of marine pollution must be prevented and substantially reduced, especially pollution caused by land-based activities, including marine waste and nutrient pollution.
LCA - Lifecycle Assessment: As mentioned earlier, in 2014 we have had an LCA - Lifecycle Analysis developed of all our materials - here we got a clear picture of the environmental impact of the materials in terms of; CO2, acidification, nutrient discharge and Ozone. This tool is still guiding our advice on material selection, recycling and recycling.
We are sponsoring the NGO Plastic Change: We have chosen to support the NGO Plastic Change with a sponsored membership. We do this to show value community, support our business values and provide support for research, general knowledge sharing and concrete activities to help the world seas return to a level that is healthy for people, animals and biodiversity.
We are a partner in the Ocean Plastic Forum: As a partner in the Ocean Plastic Forum, the goal is to improve the environment at sea and along the coast by recycling the plastic. The goal is to recycle the highest possible amount of plastic, as high as possible in the value chain, for new products, or alternatively technologies that transform the plastic so that it can be recycled in the form of monomer energy recovery (new Plastic).
We are working to produce bags, boxes and other packaging in plastic from the world seas and coastal areas - there is much talk about all this plastic and not least how much there is, but getting it and turning it into products is a complex matter proved. It is a great wish for us to really get this production on our feet, where Branding and Sustainability go hand in hand - this must be possible, so we are working hard to succeed.
Do you know the ways to go about acquiring this plastic or producing products such as bags, bags and other packaging, we would love to hear from you.
Development Goal no. 15: 'Life on land'
- Goal number 15 is about life on land.
Responsible Sources: 2019 was the year in which Brazil was discovered, via satellite, to increase the area of burned forest land by 60% compared to 2018. They are primarily committed by humans to increase the area of agricultural land for crops such as soybean, sugarcane (Bagasse) and palm trees (palm oil). There are many angles and opinions on this, but regardless of these, Re-bag does NOT want to be instrumental in replacing rainforest / forest with agricultural land. That means ex. that we are critical of the use of Bagasse, which is fiber pulp from sugar cane production - Brazil is the world's largest producer of sugar cane (primarily for Ethanol production). So we are interested in traceability.
We contribute by working with FSC certified manufacturers (wood from responsible sources).
New revolutionary food-safe packaging: Re-bag is working on developing wood-based packaging with a plastic-free and chemical-free food barrier, which is 100% circular. The material can be reused for new fiber-based products. Here we collaborate with our customers and Knowledge Institutes. We expect to be able to present our new products to the Take-Away and Convenience Food market in 2019/2020.
Product labeling: - we recycle guides, so you know where the bags, bags and boxes will go when they are old, to be reused for new products?
We recommend labeling the products with the Mobius loop symbols - referred to as "the chasing arrows", so that the end user has improved the ability to sort in the right fraction.
More products produced from renewable resources are important - that is why we are constantly researching the market for new materials and are interested in how they are produced in terms of. climate and environment.
Development Goal no 17: “Partnerships for Action”
- Goal number 17 is about partnerships for action: here we contribute by having a good and long tradition of partnerships. It is with educational institutions, Knowledge institutes and private companies.
We are a member of the Ocean Plastic Forum. In collaboration with other companies and universities, we create innovative and sustainable solutions to avoid further pollution in rivers, seas and lakes and use the plastic that is already polluting in our garden. We want to recycle as much plastic as possible for new products.
As mentioned in our activities under world goals 8, 12, 14 and 15, we collaborate with a number of companies, organizations, Knowledge Institutes and Universities.
We are always interested in new partnerships locally, nationally and globally, so please contact us if you have any ideas