German manufacturer Bette has hit one of its major eco milestones after producing 100,000 bathroom products from ‘green’, CO2-neutral steel.
The company, which makes baths, shower trays and washbasins from glazed titanium steel, began sourcing and using CO2-neutral steel in 2020. This resulted in a 10% reduction in its CO2 emissions in 2021 and almost 40%, which corresponds to around 8,000 tonnes of CO2, in 2022.
Thilo C. Pahl, Bette managing director, said: ”Each of these 100,000 bathroom products represents our commitment to a greener future and sustainable interior design.
"We are proud of what we have achieved so far, but we know that our work does not end here. Our commitment to sustainability is a long-term process and we will continue to innovate, research and look for ways to do our part to create environmentally friendly bathrooms."
As part of its commitment, Bette is supporting sustainable steel production in Germany and its steel suppliers switching from fossil to regenerative blast furnaces, even though these are around three times more expensive. Bette is doing this at no extra cost to its customers.
Currently, subject to minimum quantities, Bette is able to offer certain products made of CO2-neutral steel and, in the future, there will be product ranges made exclusively from this ‘green’ steel. By the end of 2024, the company wants to manufacture half of its products from green steel.