Photovoltaic installation at Filtral
The new photovoltaic (PV) system in Burgfarrnbach has been connected to the grid since 5 October 2021. The new system was installed on the hall roof and provides approximately 97,000 kWh of solar energy with an output of 99.9 kWp. The solar electricity is fed directly into the site’s own network, where it can then be used directly by Filtral. A total of 53% is used by Filtral itself, while the surplus is sold back to the Infra Fürth public grid as renewable energy.
The announced annual CO2 saving amounts to approximately 40 tons compared with the German electricity mix. Moreover, this PV system generates enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 30 households.
Sustainable glasses made from recycled material
As an additional step towards increasing its sustainable credentials, Filtral is using recycled material, known as post-consumer recycled content (PCR), in its reading glasses.
Starting in 2021, the models offered as part of Filtral’s reading aid collection were developed on the basis of recycled materials: from an initial proportion of 70% recycled materials, this figure has now been increased to 100%. The switch from conventional plastic to 70% recycled material, and finally to 100% recycled material since the third quarter of 2021, has been a seamless process on the market.
From the summer of 2023, a new collection of sunglasses made from 100% recycled material will also be available on the market. The frames of 20 out of a total of 50 models are manufactured using recycled plastics. For three sunglasses models, the lenses will also for the first time be produced using recycled material, meaning that these models are fully manufactured on the basis of sustainable materials.
Advantages of recycled plastic:
- Reduction in the use of fossil fuels
- Manufacturing process protects valuable resources and the environment
- Use of post-consumer plastic
Preventing and reducing CO2 emissions is a key aim of the Filtral group. For this reason, it is continuing to invest in PROJECT TOGO, a reforestation project in the West African nation of Togo. Since 2012, more than 6,000 tonnes of CO2 overall have been offset. Alongside reforestation of the natural forest, the Filtral group’s commitment is also enabling a decentralised energy supply via solar cells, creating jobs through infrastructure projects and supporting the construction of a health centre, a school and a drinking water well.
Through PROJECT TOGO, a total of 1,000 hectares have been entirely designated as a nature protection zone and are being reforested. Further information can be found here