Our responsibility to our environment
Companies today are engaged in a constant balancing act of ensuring fair conditions for their employees, their customers, their producers and the environment. The latter often ends up with the worst deal, as environmental protection and sustainable materials are often expensive. As a family-run company from the German Black Forest, we have been producing high-quality, long-lasting products that are made in Germany since 1947. Our love for nature is as deeply rooted in us as our commitment to the welfare of future generations. So it was an easy decision for us to invest in sustainability and protecting our environment.
Here you can find the many small changes we have already made, as well as the big projects we have implemented – plus everything that is still in the planning stage.
Formesse is founded in the Black Forest
Formesse starts out producing bed linen and other trousseau textiles. All made in Germany.
Formesse fitted sheets conquer the market
Our hero product Jersella lays the foundation stone for exceptionally high-quality, long-lasting and thus sustainable fitted sheets. Bella Donna Jersey follows in 1992.
In-house solar panel system
The roofs of our warehouse and a large open area at the company site are equipped with solar panels – covering a total area of 1,366m². Every year we feed approx. 240,000 kWh of electricity into the national grid. This is more than twice the amount of electricity we consume ourselves per annum at our site in Löffingen.
Carbon-neutral parcel shipping
Our parcel shipper DPD offers carbon-neutral shipping and we are immediately on board. Every year we send over 100,000 carbon-neutral parcels to our specialist bed linen retailers via DPD. Moreover, DPD aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% per parcel by 2025.
Environmental protection in office life
We switch to environmentally friendly cleaning agents and detergents, and introduce first measures to reduce our paper consumption.
Paperless invoicing for our customers
Our customers can now receive an electronic invoice instead of a paper one. After some initial hesitation, approx. 99% of our customers opted for paperless invoices by 2021.
Green electricity and local heat
We purchase NaturEnergie electricity from our local electricity provider and heat with local heat from the Löffingen municipal energy supplier.
Cooperation with Southern Black Forest natural park
We seek professional advice and design our 2,500 m2 outdoor area, including our solar panel area, to be nature, insect and animal-friendly. Our large areas of lawn are turned into wildflower meadows, we create retreats for small animals, nesting and feeding places for birds, and we rewild our pond.
Carbon-neutral summer blanket
Our Bella Donna Summer Blanket is now produced and delivered in a carbon-neutral way by identifying the product’s carbon footprint across the entire production chain – from raw material to its ultimate disposal by the consumer.
Global climate strike
All Formesse employees who wish to participate in the global climate strike may do so as paid leave.
100% FSC paper
All our paper and print products are now made from FSC-certified paper.
Carbon-neutral company, carbon-neutral products
From today, we as a company and our entire product range are officially carbon neutral. In cooperation with ClimatePartner GmbH, we calculated our carbon emissions and offset them by supporting recognised climate protection projects. Our next goal is to reduce carbon emissions wherever possible.
First investment in an electric vehicle
We buy our first electric car. Which is naturally charged by green electricity.
Planting of trees and hedges
Our outdoor area becomes even more nature-friendly. We plant eight fruit trees, plant a flowering bed to attract pollinators and create two large areas for additional natural hedges.
Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products
We switch entirely to ecological and sustainable detergents and cleaning products.
Global climate strike
All Formesse employees who wish to participate in the global climate strike may again do so as paid leave.
Our products and the environment
Strict environmental standards
We believe conscious consumption to be the answer to many of the challenges of our time. Which is why we are proud to produce our products in Germany in accordance with strict environmental standards. Products of such high quality, they can be used for years to come.
All our products comply with the European Chemicals Regulation REACH, and are checked and certified according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.
We use FSC-certified product inserts and are currently in the process of testing new packaging made from grass. Naturally, our product packaging is fully recyclable.
As a responsible company, we must also do our part in limiting global warming. We have therefore planned, initiated and already implemented a large number of measures to reduce our carbon emissions.
Our company and our products are now all carbon neutral. This means that Formesse offsets all (as yet) unavoidable emissions through support for certified climate protection projects.
Our carbon footprint has been calculated by ClimatePartner Deutschland GmbH.
Made in Germany
As a fully developed industrialised country, Germany has exacting social, industrial health and safety, and environmental standards. Many textile companies outsource their production to less developed countries in order to save money. We, however, believe these standards to be an important achievement. They drive us to better management and greater efficiency through use of the latest technologies. We cannot compete with low-cost manufacturers, that much is clear. But that is not our intention.
High-quality, long-lasting bedroom textiles – that’s what the Formesse brand is all about. We see our company philosophy confirmed in the SLOW movement: We support a more appreciative, decelerated consumption of high-quality products with a much longer lifespan. In other words: We make the opposite of fast fashion, which prioritises offering the latest, constantly changing fashion trends in mostly poor quality and at the lowest possible price. All this at the expense of workers in textile factories and the environment.
We offer you premium quality – Made in Germany – that stands the test of time. SLOW.
Our raw materials
We source our high-quality cotton yarns from a small circle of selected German yarn dealers. We have been looking into organic cotton for many years, but still have a few hurdles to overcome. Our products require very high-quality, long-staple cotton and premium qualities of single and ply yarn. Unfortunately, the organic cotton market still struggles to guarantee a regular and reliable supply of these commodities. A fact that is reflected in price, because scarce commodities become expensive. In our case up to 15% more expensive. We are working at making our processes even more efficient and modern, which would allow us to absorb these additional costs. Our aim is to switch to using organic cotton in the medium term.
We have been using Lenzing’s fantastic sustainable fibre TENCEL™ Lyocell in some of our products for many years now. Lyocell is derived from the renewable raw material wood and is fully biodegradable. In the particularly environmentally friendly Lyocell production process at Lenzing, the organic solvent NMMO is used to break down the wood pulp. And the recovery rate of this very valuable chemical with Lenzing technology is over 99%. Moreover, Lenzing only uses wood from sustainable forest management. We use Lyocell in our summer blankets and summer pillowcases, as well as in our Bella Donna Clima and Satinesse Air Silver protective covers.