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Hettich environmentally responsible

A positive spin on the Environment: Hettich Instruments.

We take environmental responsibility seriously and strive to continuously improve our manufacturing and operational practices. These intentions start with our company headquarters in Tuttlingen, Germany. The newly constructed office building, completed in 2006, is comprised of many green features and current green building technologies.

For example, one of the key features for the reduction of energy emissions is the self-cooling, naturally ventilated design. Motorized roof skylights and automated aluminum blinds keep the building shielded from direct sunlight. This allows the building to maintain a consistent temperature inside reducing the use of air conditioning. Amongst other building materials and design processes, Hettich made sure the environmental concern started from within.

In regards to our products, Hettich continues to bring environmental awareness into our product designs:

  • Since 2006, Hettich has been registered in Germany under WEEE Reg. No. DE 92954423 (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee/index_en.htm) with the Elektro-Altgeraete Register - Foundation for the implementation of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (www.elektrogesetz.com), regarding the disposal of electrical and electronic equipment in the EU.
  • Hettich is RoHs compliant which states that new electrical and electronic equipment distributed in the marketplace does not contain any of the six banned substances: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, poly-brominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), in quantities exceeding maximum concentration values. More on RoHs (http://www.rohs.eu/english/index.html).
  • Refrigerated products are manufactured using R-404A refrigerant. R-404A is designed to be an environmentally friendly non-ozone depleting refrigerant. R-404A is near azeotropic HFC refrigerant blend rated A1 by ASHRAE (www.ashrae.org) (lowest levels of toxicity and flammability) having zero ozone depletion potential.
  • Hettich Instruments is a low chemical use company that recycles waste and spare parts in addition to packaging and shipping materials. We print our marketing material on FSC certified paper. The FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. We also print our marketing material using soy-based inks on recycled paper comprised of both pre-consumer and post consumer waste.