Our uncompromising commitment to high quality has been the foundation of our success from the very outset. That's why we are always striving to improve our products and services. The same certainly goes for our efforts to protect the environment and it is with this in mind that we have always looked for every opportunity to minimise our environmental footprint.
The process-oriented quality management system in place throughout the company has enabled us to meet the high standards we place on our work and products and to continuously improve. COMPO has been certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 for some two decades – from development across manufacturing through to administration and logistics. Internal and external checks ensure that our products and processes meet all the necessary requirements at all times. In this regard, we work very closely with a number of authorities and accredited testing laboratories. We also make sure our employees are an integral part of the continuous improvement process. For example, our company suggestion scheme has brought about numerous measures that help us get ahead in operations in particular. All these measures ensure that our products are consistently effective, easy to use and supplied in a reliable manner. And provide our customers with exactly what we want for them: A beautiful life with more greenery.
Of course, this also influences the way in which we interact with our stakeholders and the environment. We take our responsibility to customers, trading partners, suppliers and nature very seriously. Our goal is to obtain and use resources as sustainably as possible. When it comes to harvesting peat, we only use land that has already been used for agriculture or is degraded, which means that it is no longer of high ecological importance. All our substrates have been certified by the 'Responsibly Produced Peat' foundation. This European organisation has established a transparent certification system for responsible peat harvesting. It includes strict criteria concerning site selection, peat harvesting and later use of land.
All harvesting sites are subsequently re-irrigated and restored by us. As soon as the land has been fully saturated with water, typical moor plants such as cotton grass and peat moss can start to grow in the years that follow, providing a habitat for animals living in this vegetation. Abundant moors are gradually restored over time.
Considering its unique properties, peat is the ideal parent substance for creating potting soils from a gardener's perspective. There is currently no alternative substance with equally good properties and the same level of availability. Both the peat industry and our own Research and Development department are working hard to find suitable substitutes. Our range has included reduced-peat and completely peat-free soil for years and we have used peat substitutes, such as wood fibre, bark mulch and humus or compost, in around 20% of our potting soils.
Moreover, we are consistently adding new products to our organic product line. We now offer a broad range of soils and fertilisers approved for organic farming. In the area of plant protection, more and more plant-based products like rapeseed oil, orange oil and neem that provide natural protection against pests and are not dangerous to bees are being used.
With respect to other ranges, we are always on the lookout for new climate and environmentally friendly solutions. Our liquid fertiliser containers consist of more than 90 per cent used plastic, for example. The containers were developed in close cooperation with Der Grüne Punkt [the green dot] and received the German Packaging Award in the sustainability category in 2018. This manufacturing process involving the reprocessing of plastic waste generated by private and commercial consumers has not been seen before in the fertiliser industry.