Developing Environmentally-friendly Products and Services

Developing Environmentally-friendly Products and Services for the Global Environment

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 (“no good”) 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. We continue to apply the due-diligence system to products in the 2021 catalog.

Action against ocean plastic pollution

The proportion of plastics among raw materials is not large in the KOKUYO Group. Nevertheless, we are strengthening our efforts to meet the growing international interest in ocean plastic pollution in recent years and the expectations of our consumers and customers.

The All-Paper series

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.
In 2020, we added some more products to the series. One of the new products is a folder with a window which lets you see the contents. Another is a large-capacity flat file. 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. For example, we are a member of the Japan Clean Ocean Material Alliance (CLOMA), and such membership helps us stay abreast of the latest technological advances in addressing the problem of ocean plastics.

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Kaunet’s Initiatives

One of Kaunet’s eco-initiatives is to offer simplified packaging for its deliveries. Moreover, it has switched to environmentally-friendly biomass plastic for all the plastic used in its simplified packaging.

*When ordering online, customers are presented with three packaging options: simplified, cardboard, and no-preference.

*The company has also switched to biomass plastic bags for the plastic bags it uses to deliver its with Kaunet catalogs.

Resource Recycling Initiatives

Kaunet is conducting the trial operation of a paper carton beverage container recycling service together with a beverage manufacturer and a recycling operator. This initiative aims to contribute to an improvement in the low rate at which paper carton beverage containers are collected for recycling. KOKUYO MVP has entered into a contract with a manufacturer that manufactures pallets for distribution made with composite materials. The company is working to recycle the waste plastic generated from its factories into resources through this initiative. KOKUYO Logitem is promoting closed recycling. The company is using a recycling operator to convert the stretch film and cable ties generated from its distribution centers into plastic bags. It then reuses those bags internally.

Large-capacity flat file (all paper)

Paper folder with window (all paper)

Biomass plastic packaging

Showing the carbon footprint of our products

In 2010, we started monitoring and publicly disclosing the carbon footprint of products from the time they are produced to the time they are disposed of or recycled. Please refer to the page below for details.
Click here for the page showing the carbon footprint of our products

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Using Japanese-made, Locally Produced Materials

As much as 67% of Japan’s landmass is covered by forests. Forests help prevent sediment runoff, contribute to water retention, and absorb CO2. They also provide a renewable resource. However, in much of the country’s man-made forests, which account for 40% of all the forests, these roles are not fully performed due to insufficient forest thinning. In 1998, we started developing forest thinning equipment, releasing it to the market in 2000. By making our office products from Japanese timber that was harvested during thinning operations, we create new demand for wood while also contributing to sustainable forestry.

Protocol Counter

In response to the demand for locally sourced materials, we developed a reception desk that uses such materials. Designed by Graf: Decorative Mode Number 3, the product has a crisp, modern feel.
It also embodies universal design principles: the table edge has a groove for securing a white cane and a grip for wheelchair users.

Protocol Counter, winner of the Japan Wood Design Award 2017
BS + Desk System
UU chair

EF Counter, featuring modesty panels made from locally sourced timber

EF Counter is a series of modular counters that can be rearranged to suit changes in the organization or changes in desired use. With their universal design, the counters are friendly to the elderly and to wheelchair users. While part of the structure is made from standardized materials, the modesty panel is made from timber sourced from the locality in question. This arrangement ensures that the counters are no less functional and versatile than standard counters are. As with Protocol Counter, the table edge has a groove for securing a white cane and a grip for wheelchair users.

An example of EF Counter (with modesty panel made from local timber) in action (newly built municipal office of Echizen, Fukui Prefecture)

3F and 4F reception desk delivery photograph
Ueda-produced wood introduction sign
Ueda-produced wood shipment verification photograph

The new central government office building for Ueda in Nagano Prefecture was completed in April 2021. KOKUYO delivered a type of ready-made EF counter with the modesty panel made from Ueda-produced hinoki cypress for the reception desk. It is not a fixed wooden counter, so it can be flexibly recombined for changes in the reception in the future. In addition, we proposed a ready-made counter made with wood produced locally only for the modesty panel part that catches the eyes of visitors. This means it is a product that also gives satisfaction in terms of cost. We installed advanced energy-saving performance air conditioning and lighting equipment in the government building. The interior materials create an environmentally-friendly space made with plenty of wood produced locally. The EF counters also blend into the spatial design and concept. The KOKUYO Group will continue to provide environmentally-friendly, functional and easy-to-use products by effectively using local wood to convert public buildings into wood and to promote the use of wood in the future.