Developing Environmentally-friendly Products and Services
Developing Environmentally-friendly Products and Services for the Global Environment
Continuing to Ensure That No Eco-Batsu Mark Tarnishes Our Catalog
Action against ocean plastic pollution
The All-Paper series
This is a series of filing products made fully from paper. When it was
in March 2004, the series received praise for being able to be disposed
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
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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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
Click here for the page showing the carbon footprint of our products
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Using Japanese-made, Locally Produced Materials
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.
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)
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.