At BIBS we are very proud of what we do!
Our designers carefully design every single product in our headquarters in Nordhavn, Denmark. We never use “ready-made” designs for our products, but we design each product ourselves.
Own local factory
All our plastic products (except those in silicone) are produced at our production facility in Hillerød, Denmark. Having our own factory means that we are in total control of the products from A-Z. From the initial idea to the very first doodle on paper to the testing of materials, testing of functionality, and in the end standing with the finished product in our hands. In this way, we are certain that the products we deliver are produced in high-quality and safe materials.
Having our factory also means continuously updating and improving our products because we quite literally have our 'hands in the machines'. This setup makes it possible for us to create unique products you cannot find anywhere else on the market.
Another benefit of having our production is that it contributes to great pride, knowledge, and enthusiasm among employees. Our employees have physically been part of our product's creation. Right from the design phase, testing, giving input and approving the final product. We have a strong pool of baby testers among our employees' children. No feedback or input is overlooked, and everyone has a voice.
BIBS is in continuous growth and therefore we focus on energy consumption for the actual production, as opposed to just looking at the energy consumption over the last year, as this will increase in line with the increased production. Due to our ISO 14001 certification, we are obligated to produce an energy report every year with our energy consumption and with recommendations for where we can improve efficiency and reduce our total energy consumption.
Over 98% of our production facility’s energy consumption is obtained through electricity, which is what we will discuss below. (The last 2% comes from the municipal district heating).
In Denmark where our production is located as much as 80 percent of the electricity consumption was ‘green energy’ in 2020*. (Green energy is defined as any energy type that is generated from natural resources, such as sunlight, wind, or water).
Further, in 2020 we teamed up with the Danish company Ørsted to move towards an even greener production line. Now all the electricity used in our production facilities in Denmark is covered with certificates from renewable energy production from European wind turbines. We are very aware that these certificates are not the solution to ending greenhouse gas emissions. But until Denmark is fully supplied with energy from renewable sources, we want to actively commit ourselves to support sustainable development.
We are also continuously optimizing current machines and/or replacing machines with more energy-friendly models.
Our energy targets for 2023 will be improved through a focus on waste, cooling systems (free cooler in winter), and compressed air.
Our biggest consumption of water is toilet flushing and washing dishes. And we have minimized the use of water in our production, among other things by having our cooling system for injection molding, cooled by a closed system where the water is reused.
Recycled plastic waste
The raw materials of recycled plastic can be recycled again and again, and proper recycling of plastic can save the environment a significant amount of CO2. Unfortunately, we cannot avoid plastic waste in our production. Though we can control what happens with our plastic waste. Most of all the plastic waste from our production is sent to the Danish company AVL, which is the largest company in recycling high-quality plastic in the North. (It is only two of the types of plastic we use that AVL does not accept).
*According to ‘Green Power Denmark’