6 july 2021
As a company, we have come a long way, and we’ve done a thorough job so far to reduce our environmental impact. A lot of what we needed to review is already completed, such as using so-called green transports, reused packaging, solar panels on the property, recyclable packaging, etc. Andreas Kjällman, responsible for Aftermarket & Logistics at Mousetrapper, tells us about his experiences of Mousetrapper’s long-term sustainability work.
For quite a few years, we have also taken back all production from Asia. Most are now produced in Stockholm and Estonia, which has significantly reduced the transport needs.
The most considerable challenge is to gain insight into the distribution chain from Asia. As a small producer, we are in the hands of the major suppliers, and it is almost impossible to currently have control over, for example, every electronic component we buy for our circuit boards.
One of the most important things we can do to minimize the impact of our products is to ensure that they have a long life. By extending the life cycle, we reduce both the use of materials and the transport needs.
To succeed, we must constantly strive to produce high-quality products. We need, already at the design stage, to make sure that they are designed to last and that they can be easily dismantled for reuse when they one day run out – and take into account how recycled plastic affects production.
In recent times, we have spent a lot of time on risk analyzes and looked at how we can, for example, contribute to solving the climate crisis and increase biodiversity. Many significant issues are challenging to grasp as an individual producer; it makes you feel very small. But if we do our utmost with what we can take responsibility for, we have at least done the best we could.
And I think it would be exciting if we, in some way, in the future, could turn a problem into a solution. For instance, being able to take care of the plastic in the oceans and use it in new products.
Another thing that is underway is to develop our renovation offer. Today, some larger customers return old Mousetrappers for review and refurbishment, to be used for many years. It is exciting to follow and see where it goes, Andreas Kjällman concludes.
Anders Engbom, CEO