We work according to DIN ISO 9001:2015 as part of our product development. Own design, prototyping and the various finishing departments on-site enable us to find new and sustainable solutions, time and again. Many awards for our products provide the evidence.
Here at HALFAR®, we ask ourselves every day how we can increase the benefits for our customers even more. How we can improve the quality of our products even further and how we can optimise our manufacturing processes even more? We always try to improve, looking for new innovative solutions. In doing so, we conduct ourselves responsibly in the market towards other market competitors and build sustainable relationships with our stakeholders.
Process led development
Stable, audited quality assurance system
A robust, tested quality assurance system
Logistics and waste management concepts
The "Green" offensive – our ORGANIC series
For synthetic fibre models, we increased the share of PVC free bags to over 50 % and will continue to do so. For models, which cannot entirely do without a share of PVC as yet, we exclusively use clean materials that conform to legal requirements and are safe to use (REACH, LFGB). Moreover, we are constantly searching for alternatives. In this, new and innovative solutions are just as exciting as innovations in the range of familiar materials. The onward use and reuse of materials also play a role. The use of pre-processed materials (Upcycling) as well as the application of secondary raw materials is part of our work. So far, these materials have found their use primarily within the context of individual production for customers. Be it old airplane seats, headlight lenses or airbag fabric, the suitability and availability of the material turned much supposed waste into a new and favourite item. You can find exciting examples of these highly individual and sustainable productions on our Upcycling bags page.
Avoid - Reduce - Extend
The CIRCLE series is also made of recycled materials. The series, which currently consists of three models, uses a raw material that is available in huge quantities but is not biodegradable - PET plastic. For the new bag series, HALFAR® sources a material that is obtained from old PET plastic bottles. These are washed in a process, shredded and then processed into a fabric. This is characterised by its robustness and resistance.
Tested material is more than a symbol for the quality of our bags. It is backed by an intelligent, comprehensive quality assurance system. The renowned Bureau Veritas provides confirmation of this. This independent laboratory tests our bags and backpacks before, during and after production at control sites in Germany and China. Special attention is paid to the safety and legal conformity of the materials used. Chemical components, in particular, must conform to the appropriate EU guidelines (amongst other LFGB and REACH). This includes testing the physical-mechanical properties as well as the durability of materials and finishing processes (e.g. fade resistance or mechanical robustness). Equally important: social dealings with staff at the production sites in Asia, which is founded upon our amfori BSCI social standards.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a standard applied worldwide for the processing of textiles made of organically produced natural fibres. It defines technical environment requirements along the entire textile production chain as well as stringent social criteria. Conformity is verified through independent, accredited testing institutes on the basis of the GOTS monitoring system.
Fairtrade identifies goods, which originate from fair trade, where certain social, ecological and economic criteria have been complied with during production. Products with the Fairtrade seal allow the cooperatives of small farmers to obtain stable prices as well as long term trading relations. Farmers as well as employees on plantations receive an additional Fairtrade bonus for community projects. Furthermore, standards include criteria for democratic organisation structures, environmental protection and secure working conditions. Inspections are carried out by FLORCET.
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a globally uniform, independent testing and certification system covering all steps in production as well as the supply materials used for textile raw, intermediate and end products. Scientific development of test criteria, threshold values and test methods constitutes a central focus, founded on a catalogue of comprehensive, stringent measures with several hundred regulated individual substances. Ranked in order of relevance, discussions and developments are considered as soon as and as effectively as possible when STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® requirements are updated. Test criteria and threshold values go frequently and significantly beyond nationally and internationally valid specifications. Moreover, comprehensive product controls and regular company audits also ensure responsible handling of chemicals for a globally sustainable sensitisation of the industry