The environment around us is one of the things we think about the most when we make products. We want our work to have as little environmental impact as possible. But, like everyone else, we must recognize that we have a footprint on the planet. As a certified Environmental Lighthouse, we are obliged to take responsibility for this impact. It involves continuous improvement of the environmental conditions and our CO2 emissions, and to comply with the authority’s requirements and the requirements that O.B.Wiik has imposed on himself. An important part of that is to recycle and reuse everything we can. Here you can get to know a little better how we at O.B.Wiik work with just that.
Products that last
O.B.Wiik is known for quality. It is part of our identity to deliver high quality products. The products must withstand the job they are set to do, and just as importantly, they must last for a long time, preferably with several owners. Therefore, you can be sure that when you buy a product from O.B.Wiik, you are getting a product that is meant to last year after year. And when you’re done with it, it’s reused or recycled.
Collection and recycling
You should not see an O.B.Wiik product thrown around in nature. We take ownership of everything we make. Through, among other things, membership in RENAS and Grønt Punkt Norge, we ensure that the packaging we put on the market is also collected again. And after the products have been collected, they are either reused, turned into new products, recycled or safely handed over to specialized facilities.
A life after death
Our products are made from materials that have a long life, and we constantly demand new and improved technology. It is not only important because the customers must be satisfied, but so that the footprint of each delivery will be as low as possible. When we make products, we always do it with the idea that they will be used again, once they are retired from their original place.
We also collect used PVC tarpaulins, clean them, cut them up and weld them together into new tarpaulins for sale in our online store. In larger projects, entire buildings can be dismantled and moved, as with the temporary Jordal Amfi which became Kråkene Moss’s new home ground.
The skeleton of the buildings is also reused. Almost 90% of the steel we use is made as standard modules. This means that it can easily be used further in new projects and thus has a long life. If special constructions are made that cannot be reused, they are recycled and recovered into new steel, for the enjoyment of someone else. We also use aluminium, which is a very environmentally friendly product. Around 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use, because used aluminum can be endlessly recycled without loss of quality. Only five percent of the energy needed to produce primary aluminum is needed to remelt aluminum for new purposes.
Recirculation – from tent to bag
When old products reach their retirement age, we ensure that they live on – in a completely new role. We convert old tent cloths, tarpaulins and similar materials into bags, wallets and PC bags. In this way, the products get as long a life as possible, even if they are no longer used for their original purpose. We have some products out already and more are on the way.
Feel free to read more about our environmental work and the Environmental Lighthouse certification here
What does it mean to be an environmental lighthouse?