Together with the Global Environment

Developing Environmentally Friendly Products and Services

The KOKUYO Group is working on new environmental technologies and green procurement in order to reduce the environmental load over the entire life cycle of its products.

Continuing to Ensure That No Eco-Batsu Mark Tarnishes Our Catalog

The KOKUYO Group started using the Eco-Batsu mark for products in the 2008 General Catalog. This mark is used for group products that are not sufficiently environmentally friendly at any stage of their life cycle, including manufacturing, distribution, usage, and disposal. We tasked ourselves with removing the Eco-Batsu mark from all of our products in three years, and this goal was reached in the 2011 General Catalog. No Eco-Batsu products have emerged since then, and we strive to continue to ensure that no Eco-Batsu products can be found in the 2019 General Catalog.

“All-paper” Series That Addresses the Problem of Ocean Plastics

This is a series of filing products made fully from paper. When it was launched in March 2004, the series received praise for being able to be disposed without having to incur effort to separate into paper, plastic, metal and other materials. With the recent global rise in the problem of ocean plastics, the series is again gaining recognition from the perspective of moving away from plastic.
The All-Paper series is involved in the Plastics Smart Campaign established by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment toward solving the global problem of ocean plastics that supports the advancement of initiatives through the partnership and cooperation of a wide range of entities such as individuals, local governments, NGOs, companies, and research agencies.

Visualization of Product CO2

The KOKUYO Group grasps the amount of CO2 emissions by products from creation to disposal or recycling and works on reducing the environmental impact of products. As part of this effort, focus was placed on the Carbon Footprint of Products (CFP) method that visualizes the amount of product CO2 emissions. KOKUYO undertook the visualization of CO2 so as to be able to provide customers with products that have little environmental impact. For details, please refer to the page below.

“Visualization of Product CO2” page

Use of Domestic and Local Lumber

Forests, which account for approximately 67% of Japan's land area, play a role in retaining water (usually referred to as soil and sand outflow prevention and watershed protection) and in absorbing CO2, etc. Forests are also renewable resources, 40% of which are man-made. However, many of the man-made forests are unable to make the most of the above-mentioned multiple functions that forests offer, as maintenance such as thinning is performed too late.
KOKUYO worked to develop furniture using timber from thinning since 1998 and started selling the products from 2000. We believe that we can increase the demand for new timber through the active use of domestic timber (timber from thinning) and support the realization of a sustainable society where we live in harmony with forests.

Protocol Counter

The Protocol counter is a reception counter developed to also satisfy the desire to use locally harvested lumber throughout Japan. The finish of the counter, designed by graf decorative mode no.3 design products inc., presents a clean and modern feel. Adopting the concept of universal design, the counter provides, for example, a groove for securing walking canes and a grip for wheelchair users at the edge of the countertop.

The Protocol counter, winner of the Wood Design Award 2017

The Protocol counter, winner of the Wood Design Award 2017

BS+ desk system

BS+ desk system

UU chair

UU chair

EF Counter with Modesty Panel Using Local Lumber

This is a construction-type counter which allows functional expansion according to future reorganization and operation. It adopts the concept of universal design, taking into consideration the elderly and wheelchair users. By using only local lumber for the modesty panel, function and variation the same as the standard type are achieved. Similar to the Protocol counter, the edge of the countertop has a groove for securing walking canes and a grip for wheelchair users.

Delivery Example of EF Counter with Modesty Panel Using Local Lumber (New City Office Building in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
The Protocol counter, winner of the Wood Design Award 2017
BS+ desk system
UU chair

The new city office building of Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture was completed in September 2019. KOKUYO proposed and delivered an EF counter with modesty panel using local lumber for the reception counter of the new city office building. The counter used Japanese cypress produced in Nagato City. In addition to the universal design that takes into consideration the elderly and wheelchair users, the counter realizes an attractive reception space by having the two aspects of versatility that can flexibly adapt to changes in reception format expected in the future and a sense of hospitality that offers the warmth of wood to visitors.
The city office building amply uses materials produced in Nagato City. As a building of the largest scale in Japan that combines a hybrid structure of wood and reinforced concrete with a seismic-resistant structure, it is also adopted as a Sustainable Architecture (Wooden Architecture) Advanced Project under Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, gathering attention from all over Japan.
Going forward, it is also expected that cases utilizing local lumber in public buildings will further increase due to the Forest Environment Transfer Tax and other systems. Capitalizing on the expertise that it has developed over the years, the KOKUYO Group plans to continue manufacturing and providing products that utilize local lumber effectively, are more functional yet friendly to the environment, and are based on the concept of universal design that is easy to use for anyone.