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.

Fiscal 2018 Goals Maintain zero Eco-Batsu Fiscal 2018 Actual Achievements Zero was maintained Assessment Accomplished

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.

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Eco-Batsu mark

Eco-Batsu mark

Examples of New Products in 2018

Stationery

Stationery

Office furniture

Office furniture

Use of Domestic and Local Materials

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 from timber from thinning since 1998 and starting 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.

BS+ desk system

BS+ desk system

Writing table

Writing table

UU chair

UU chair

Protocol counter

The Protocol counter is a reception counter developed to also satisfy the need 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.

Winner of the Wood Design Award 2017

Winner of the Wood Design Award 2017

Walking cane holder provided at the edge of the countertop

Walking cane holder provided at the edge of the countertop

Smooth-textured grip at the edge of the countertop for wheelchair users

Smooth-textured grip at the edge of the countertop for wheelchair users

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.

A construction-type counter with a focus on maintaining privacy and improving amenity when receiving guests.

A construction-type counter with a focus on maintaining privacy and improving amenity when receiving guests.

Countertop edge for securing walking canes

Countertop edge for securing walking canes

Wheelchair-friendly counter with a countertop edge shaped to be easy to grip

Wheelchair-friendly counter with a countertop edge shaped to be easy to grip