Forward-looking sustainability strategy
The company has long pursued a comprehensive, forward-looking sustainability strategy featuring environmentally compatible and biodegradable ingredients for cleaning products and innovative, recyclable packaging. The entire Werner & Mertz Group is a pioneer for a functioning circular economy far beyond its own industry.
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The sustainability activities of Werner & Mertz have an impact beyond our own company. With the Recyclate Initiative, the European Surfactants Initiative and targeted project partnerships, we are leading the way with innovative, sustainable solutions.
Detailed information about the sustainability activities of the Werner & Mertz Group can be found at our sustainability portal:
Green Care Professional:
Safe for humans and the environment
For several years the Green Care Professional brand has been synonymous with first-class cleaning performance and integrally sustainable cleaning under the sign of the circular economy.
A core element in our sustainability strategy involves obtaining demanding certifications.
We are a pioneer in the industry with the most Cradle to Cradle® certified products and are proud that we have proof of the recyclability of our formulas and our packaging.
Founding of Tana-Chemie GmbH
Creation of Green Care Professional brand
EMAS-certified production site in Mainz. Followed by Hallein in 2005.
First EU Ecolabel certification
First Nordic Swan certification
Revision of development guidelines and publication of sustainability information for every product
First bottle with 30% share of recyclate
First Cradle-to-Cradle® Gold certification for a complete range of cleaning products
First bottle of 100% Post-Consumer Recyclate
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovator Award
Release of the Green Care Performance Calculator
German Environmental Award für Reinhard Schneider
German Packaging Award for the first fully recyclable monomaterial pouch
50 years of Werner & Mertz Professional
Increase in rPET to 50% from the Yellow Bag
Tana-Chemie GmbH wins EcoVadis Platinum Medal
Doing the right things right
Sustainability is often mistakenly equated with efforts made to reduce pollutants. The process, however, has to begin much earlier so that the pollutants never get into circulation. A genuine circular economy goes even further and involves doing the right things right from the start. We live according to this credo along the entire value chain. The raw materials required for production are kept in biological and technical cycles and used again and again. It starts with the use of renewable energy in the production process and our efficient in-house water treatment and extends to integrally sustainable ingredients in formulas and packaging material made of recyclates.