"Climate protection and the responsible use of natural resources are very important to me as a father. Our children deserve a safe environment worth living in," says Marc Brüssel, Managing Director of Eigenart. He is thus setting an example for climate protection on behalf of the entire company.
Shaken by the massive forest dieback around the company headquarters, Eigenart launched the "Entrepreneurial Forest in the Königsforst" project in 2019. Its aim is to reforest vast areas of forest around the company's headquarters in the Bergisches Land region, thereby creating valuable habitat for animals and plants as well as CO2 compensation.
DEATH OF TREES
When Eigenart settled in the industrial estate of Bergisch Gladbach in 2015, the company premises were still largely surrounded by forest. Due to tree death and storm damage in recent years, a large part of this area has virtually been cut down. The poor general condition of the remaining trees already indicates that the next stronger wind will also take a considerable toll on the remaining spruce trees. Eigenart has therefore committed itself to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to reforest an eight-hectare area.
EIGENART has made a contractual commitment to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to reforest an 8 ha area in cooperation with the Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz Nordrhein-Westfalen. The aim is to create a valuable habitat for animals and plants again and to compensate for the CO2 emissions.
GIVING BACK THROUGH REFORESTATION
"We see climate protection as perhaps the greatest challenge facing humanity and want to set an example with our commitment. At the same time, it is important to us to motivate other companies and people to stand up for the local forest and nature by becoming forest sponsors, for example," says Eigenart Managing Director Marc Brüssel.
In addition to planting trees in the Eigenart forest, the company also encourages customers and suppliers to participate in reforestation - and to increase the ecological diversity in the forest with young trees. For example, Eigenart offers its customers to forego discounts when ordering and to participate in the planting of one or more trees instead. Special campaigns are also part of the reforestation project: Here, Eigenart pays 50 per cent of the costs for trees sponsored by customers, thereby enabling even more reforestation.
The reforestation is also a project close to the hearts of the Eigenart staff. The native deciduous trees planted with their help will gradually replace the trees that did not survive the long dry spells of recent years.
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"Many of our customers are happy to accept the tree-planting promotion in lieu of a discount."
"I simply gave a friend 4 "own" trees instead of flowers. She thought it was great!
"During an appointment at EIGENART, we took a look at the forest - a great project. Here, it's not just talk, but everything is translated into action".
+ - Which trees are planted?
Native deciduous trees are planted in the Eigenart forest. So far, it has mainly been copper beeches and bird cherries. Hornbeams, lime trees and oaks are also planned.
+ - Will the trees be fed into the timber industry?
No. Even though the trees will be big enough - they are in the nature reserve. Access to the Eigenart forest is also not permitted after the planting campaign in spring. The area is supposed to recultivate undisturbed.
+ - Where do the seedlings come from?
From certified nurseries in NRW. It makes sense to use seedlings from the local area, as they are used to and adapted to the conditions of the soil, weather, etc.
+ - With whom Eigenart works together?
Eigenart cooperates with the Regional Forestry Office Rhein-Sieg-Erft Landesbetrieb Wald & Holz NRW. Further information on the forests in NRW can also be found at: www.waldinfo.nrw.de