Our KPI's

One of our big goals is to reduce our ecological footprint, in terms of CO2 emissions, water consumption, use of chemicals, and much more. We want to protect and preserve our planet, for everybody around the world and many generations to come.

This is a dynamic process, therefore feedback is more than welcome at any time. This is not a brief project, but an ethical responsibility that we take on together with the rest of society.

1. Textile waste generated at Mistral Home and Confex will not increase in 2021 compared to the base year 2020.

In 2020, a total of 12 trucks left our warehouse for Delorge with textile waste destined for recycling. One truck carries about 10 000 kilograms of textile waste, this adds up to a total of 120 000 kilograms a year.

These textiles originate both from our production in Poland and from the activities in our own warehouse in Nazareth. These fabric scraps are used in the upholstery of cars and insulation.

2. Every year, the ratio of ecological to non-ecological products shifts by at least 10%.

Total

Recycled

%

Duvet covers

48

2

4%

Table linen

39

15

38%

Plaids & cushions

55

0

0%

Total

142

17

12%

Figure 1: Ratio of sustainable to non-sustainable products

In the Spring-Summer and Autumn-Winter collections of 2021 combined we have offered 48 duvet covers, of which 2 were cotton-viscose. This brings us to roughly 4% ecological bed linen.

In total there were 39 kinds of table linen, of which 15 were made using recycled components, a good 38%.

Out of our plaids & decorative cushions none were made from recycled materials.

When combining all these data, we reach a total of 12% sustainable products. For the collections of 2022 we should at least raise this percentage by 8% to continue achieving our goal.

3. On our own Mistral Home webshop, 10% of all newly added products from 2021 onwards are (partly) made of sustainable materials.*

In 2021 a total of 280 new items were added to our webshop. Out of all these products 31 were sustainable products.

To indicate this to our B2C customers we have developed a green logo with a leaf inside. This logo is displayed on all the sustainable products. By using this we intend to encourage the customer to choose more ecologically responsible products.

We have created a landing page on our website which informs people about what a sustainable product is, which ones we have and so on.

*recycled, organic or with a smaller impact on the environment during the production process compared to traditional materials

Visit our 'Sustainable products' page

4. By 2025, 100% of all printed matter and boxes will be sustainable*.

At Mistral Home we have been working with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified printed packaging as much as possible, depending on clients whishes and supplier availability. Unfortunately it proved to be impossible to measure as we didn’t track our efforts. First of all we want to change that. By keeping track of whether or not printed packaging is FSC certified (or in any other way) we will be able to track and improve our efforts.

When it comes to boxes it is fairly straightforward: all boxes are made of recycled material. A sustainable habit by our purchase department who check and compare suppliers not only on price, but also on their level of sustainability.

We expect that the market of sustainable packaging will grow & innovate a lot the coming years and so we do not want to limit ourselves to simply buying only “FSC certified” goods. We want to look into recycled or reused cardboard, to new and better certifications that mark sustainable paperware. On top of that we have to be critical when suppliers commit to FSC as there has been scarcity & rumours of abuse of the label.

*FSC-certified, recycled or re-used

5. By the end of 2023, plastic waste will be reduced by a quarter compared to the base year 2020.

To reach this KPI we will be working with the 6 R’s of waste management: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair. The concept is to decrease the amount of things we use and simultaneously also decrease the amount of things we throw away.

Read more about our waste management & our completed actions

6. By 2025 at least 50% of all products will be offered to the end customer in plastic-free packaging; for Mistral Home's own collection this is the case for at least 80% of the products.

We are currently (October 2021) in the process of renewing all our packaging under the Mistral Home brand. The objectives here are to use as little plastic as possible, to limit paper waste and to clearly inform our customers that certain articles are more sustainable.

7. From 2021 onwards, at least 2 informal events will be organised with the Mistral Home family within the framework of sustainability.

On the 8th and the 16th of June 2021 at total of 16 colleagues took part in the clean-up initiative of the business park in which we work, De Prijkels. This was organised by “Mooimakers” and will continue to be organized twice a year.

This organisation provides all companies with trash bags, grabbers and fluorescent safety vests. The colleagues then set out together to collect waste from the streets and roadsides in the vicinity of our company. Together, we keep our company zone clean.

Our second event of 2021 was the Sustainability Day. On Wednesday 13 October, all personnel came together for an afternoon dedicated to sustainability and how we as a company (want to) deal with it.

The day started with a lecture by a climate expert, continued with interactive brainstorming sessions in groups to get as many voices heard as possible, we presented our KPI’s & new waste policy and we ended with the awarding of prizes to the winners of the CO2 challenge. During this challenge, our colleagues were challenged to come to work by bike or carpool as much as possible. The team and the individual with the most 'green kilometres' won a nice surprise, entirely in the theme of sustainability.

The afternoon snack also came from a sustainable bakery and we rounded off in beauty with an ecological food truck that came by. This event was a big success during which our colleagues expanded their knowledge about sustainability, learned more about how we are striving as a company to become ‘greener’ and a ton of new ideas emerged. These ideas were gathered and and will be brought to the next meeting of the sustainability committee.

8. From 2022 onwards, we derive all of our energy from renewable sources

Since June 2021, we have been producing our own green energy through 386 solar panels installed on our roof. This will cover about 70% of our total consumption. An a yearly basis they will produce up to 165 000 kWh. This equals the energy usage of 45 families for a whole year.

We will continue to investigate how we can increase this percentage in the future.

9. For the lighting in our own buildings (office and warehouse) we will switch completely to LED lighting by the end of 2022.

We expect our offer for LED lighting by 25 October 2021.

10. By the end of 2023, 20% of our company car fleet will be electric.

11. From 2022 onwards, we compensate our CO2 emissions with 100% of all business air travel through Greentripper and 100% of all hotel bookings through the European Ecolabel or Green Key.

We are committed, through our travel agency, to making a contribution with every trip to compensate for the CO2 produced by that trip. They invest this amount in projects that have a positive effect on greenhouse gases, such as combating deforestation.

12. From July 2022 we will no longer receive EURO 4 lorries on Mistral Home's own sites.

13. From 2021 to 2025, we will investigate at least one alternative that reduces the number of kilometres travelled in transporting bulk goods every year.

One of the methods we used this year was filling the decorative cushions in Belgium, after only the decorative cushion covers had been shipped here from the Far East. Initially, this had to do with the container prices that went through the roof last year, but in doing so, an enormous number of kilometres are saved.

14. We commit ourselves to organising structured, more sustainable transport by 2025 by appointing a transport manager from 2022 onwards.

We are already working on this by grouping the transports as much as possible and choosing the shortest, or rather the least polluting route.

15. From 2021 to 2025, an annual budget of €25,000 will be reserved exclusively for social projects that benefit the environment and people.

These projects are described in detail in "Mistral Homes Cares".

Read more about "Mistral Home Cares"

16. By 2030, our CO2 emissions will be reduced by 42% compared to base year 2020. This is within the framework of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol - Company Standard, according to the ambition level of 1,5°C.

As of 2020, Mistral Home started to take a structured approach to organisational CO2 emissions. For this we called on Encon, who enabled us to methodologically frame the possibilities and objectives.

Our Carbon Reduction Management Plan was drawn up to clearly show how we can reduce our CO2 footprint. This is not a rigid, but an organic working document.

Reduction measures are always calculated in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

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