Natural Easter egg painting

Dyeing Easter eggs? Naturally!

Easter is just around the corner. Even if this year everything is a little different than usual, many are already looking forward to the traditional egg dyeing. Here, children and parents come together and can give free rein to their creativity in dyeing and decorating. But why always buy the finished Easter egg dye from the supermarket, if there is another way?

We have a creative solution for the holidays: Natural egg dyeing with food and plants. This is exactly what we have always wanted to try. And since unusual times can also be an occasion to get to know “new things”, we want to introduce you to the most popular sustainable alternatives and encourage you to experiment.

Natural Easter egg dyeing - HALFAR®

The colours of nature

On the right we have prepared an overview of the most common “natural colorants”. Below we explain what you have to consider in order to achieve the desired colour shades. Before cooking it is recommended to clean the eggs with vinegar water. This will help them to take on the desired colour better afterwards.

The following descriptions refer to the hot dyeing method. Following the described procedures, the colour solution can be filtered before the eggs are hard boiled in it.

All colour variations can be achieved not only in a hot brew, but also in a cooled one that has drawn enough before. So even the little ones do not burn their fingers. For this purpose, the eggs are precooked as usual before dyeing them, and then left in the dye until the desired colour is achieved.

Golden yellow with turmeric

Anyone who has ever used (fresh) turmeric knows how difficult it is to remove the coloured stains everywhere afterwards. This is exactly the reason why it is ideal for dyeing Easter eggs golden yellow. To do this, cut fresh, peeled turmeric into pieces and boil it for about 1-2 hours in plenty of hot water. If you can’t find fresh turmeric, you can also try the powder, which also colours well.

Red to brown with onion skins and coffee

Probably the best known dyeing technique is the use of onion skins. These were used long before the use of artificially produced egg dye. To do this, let about 2 handfuls of onion skins soak in 1-2 litres of boiling water for a few minutes. Coffee can also be used for brown tones. Take about 50 g of ground coffee and boil it for max. 30 minutes.

Intense red with beetroot

Beetroot has a similar colouring effect on all kinds of rootstocks as turmeric. Barely touched, the red colour does not get off your fingers as quickly. Ideal for dyeing eggs! Here too, the red root is precooked in just under 1 litre of water for about 15 minutes.

Green tones with parsley, spinach and nettle

Theoretically, all green, non-toxic plants can produce a wide variety of shades of green. However, not every plant achieves the same colour intensity. Parsley, spinach and stinging nettle are particularly popular for egg dyeing. To do this, cook a bunch of the desired plant in 1 litre of hot water for about 30 minutes.

Blue tones with red cabbage and blueberries

Since there are many different shades of blue, there are also several ways to achieve a blue tone. Popular ingredients are red cabbage and blueberries, e.g. from the freezer. Take about 1 cup of each and boil them in 1-2 litres of water for up to an hour, depending on the desired shade.

Of course you can also experiment with other foods and (non-toxic!) plants yourself and possibly get new shades. There are no limits to your creativity!

Decorate naturally beautiful? No problem!

You don’t have any stickers or glitter pens in the house to put the finishing touches to your Easter eggs? No problem – there are also numerous sustainable ideas.

How about discreet leaf motifs, for example? You can get these if, for example, parsley is placed on the eggs. Then the eggs can be safely positioned in a nylon stocking or a thin net and boiled or dyed as described above.

Decoration for natural Easter eggs

Another possibility is the rice method. For this you can put the egg for example in an old washed-out yoghurt cup, add a few grains of rice and a little of the colour you made yourself. Close the lid, shake well – and you have a nice speckled pattern.

In addition to these two suggestions, there are many more ideas on how to decorate your Easter eggs.

And now have fun trying it out!

Now we wish you a lot of fun while experimenting. If you like, you can send us a picture of your artwork to social@halfar.com. We are looking forward to your ideas and wish you a wonderful Easter already now!

P.S.: If you are still looking for a card for your Easter greetings, we have also prepared something in DIY style. Have a look now and send greetings!

Easter Greetings from HALFAR®

Homemade Easter greetings from HALFAR®

The time has come again: Easter is just around the corner. Usually the family comes to visit and the little ones are looking for Easter eggs, but this year is different. The current situation around the Covid-19 makes sure that many families will not see each other. In order to give their loved ones a present anyway, creativity is now required. Therefore, we at HALFAR® have designed an Easter present for you.

What do you actually give?

In addition to colourfully painted eggs and the popular chocolate bunnies, there are other gifts that always go down well. These absolute classics among the gifts include personal, handwritten greeting cards. And not for nothing. Whether as a gift or as a separate card, everyone is happy about personal greetings or congratulations.

Therefore, we have designed greeting cards for you, which you can easily download and print. Two of the cards can also be colored according to your own taste. Simply add your wishes, send them to your loved ones and give them joy.

Homemade Easter greetings from HALFAR®

Homemade Easter greetings from HALFAR®

Homemade Easter greetings from HALFAR®

Click on the button below to download the all three cards and print them in the right size!

We wish you happy Easter holidays!

If you like, you can send us pictures of your artwork via social@halfar.com. We are happy to receive your mail! Because of course we are still here for you, so you can be there for your customers.

By the way: In our section “HAL_FAR” we keep you up to date. Here you can also find, for example, the “Greetings from colleagues in the Home Office“. And, of course, we are also happy about greetings from you.

 

HAL_FAR from Home – We are here for you!

So close and yet so far – this is the motto at HALFAR® these days. For as we have already reported in our blog post on the initiative Bielefeld #BleibtZuHause (= Bielefeld#StaysAtHome), we do our best to protect the health of our employees. At the same time, we want to continue to be there for you, so that you too can advise and support your customers in these extraordinary times.

For this reason we have thought of something to keep in touch with you…

HAL_FAR from Home – Together we can do this!

Similar to our already well-known category “HALFAR® around the World“, in which we collect pictures with HALFAR® bags that have travelled the world, we want to show you in this section how our colleagues are currently working. Whether in an individual office or from home – we are still there for you via our laptops, (mobile) phones and co. and thus connected to each other.

The first colleagues gave us a little insight into their current “working environment” for this. Whether from the sofa, in the hammock or in the creative study – everyone has found his or her place to continue working in the best possible way.

If you also would like to share your current working environment with us, just send us a picture of it to social@halfar.com. We will gladly add it to our gallery so that we can stay connected.

HAL_FAR from Home_Home office 2020

HAL_FAR from Home: Home office in times of Covid-19

#HALFARkeepsdistance #StayHome #strongtogether

 

HALFARkeepsdistance 2020

Halfar supports the initiative “Bielefeld stays at home“

The current situation with the Covid-19 virus has been concerning us all for some weeks and is becoming ever more critical. Whether a private individual, company, self employed or freelancer – we are all affected by the current situation.

At HALFAR® we are not just working people and residents of the city of Bielefeld, we are – with our special bags – very close to the rescue and emergency services and their plight. Our company is based on the idea of making things better and supporting people in their work with good solutions.

Bielefeld #BleibtzuHause

Therefore, we want to support the initiative Bielefeld #BleibtZuHause (Bielefeld#staysathome) with our reach and – together with many other engaged citizens – to point out that EVERYONE’s participation is vital.

#stayathome

Only by avoiding all non-essential social contacts can we allow the health care system the time it needs for preparation, supplies and research – and not only in our own city. Our hospitals and everyone else in the medical field need this time to help, to care, to plan, to prepare for worse to come, to research and to find answers to questions which we never had to confront before. WE can create this time ONLY by acting together.

We therefore ask you to use your creativity in new ways, work at home if possible, write letters again, make telephone calls, read books, paint or make music. In each instance: Keep a minimum distance of about 2 m to people who do not live with you in the same household. This is required of every single individual!

What can businesses do?

  • Constantly inform themselves about the current situation via reliable sources
  • Inform employees of all measures
  • Ensure that hygiene regulations are observed
  • Make an effort to allow employees to work from the Home Office or to separate themselves physically
  • Utilise modern technology and software to stay in contact with employees and communicate

What can each individual do now?

  • Observe hygiene regulations
  • Reduce social contacts to a minimum
  • Wherever we come into contact: keep a distance!
  • Think positive and make the best of the situation

keep distance

We can only prevent the virus from spreading too quickly and get back normality again faster if we all observe these regulations together. Therefore, we thank all our co-workers, customers and partners, the people in our city, and all those who conduct themselves in an exemplary manner, for their engagement.

#keepdistance

#keepdistance #stayhome

 

Interview with a warehouse employee

Interview with a warehouse employee

In our interview series, we have already presented you our trainees. Now we want to start a new series, in which we will be presenting some and tell you what they are doing. Our first interview partner is Henryk. He is working in logistics and now tells us about his work at Halfar.

Interview with a warehouse employee

When did you start at Halfar?

I have been working at Halfar for four and a half years. During the first two and a half years, I did an apprenticeship in the logistics.

Why have you decided for logistics?

After my vocational baccalaureate, I took a detour to the logistics department. During several part-time jobs I have found that organizational planning and practical work fits perfect for me. In logistics you need exactly these skills, so my decision was clear.

How did you get to know Halfar as an employer?

The first time I heard of Halfar was in the Federal employment agency. I took a look at the homepage and was convinced, so I applied.

What was your first impressions of Halfar?

My first impressions was very well. Since all colleagues were very friendly and helpful, I felt like a member of the team right away.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Working together with my colleagues.

What things do you find annoying sometimes?

Sometimes, there are tasks which are not that interesting but need to be done too. However, there are always new challenges. Last year we cancelled our external warehouses and have put our own new logistics center into operation. We have managed to do this without any difficulties, that makes us really proud.

What did you do before your time at Halfar?

Before I have started at Halfar, I finished secondary school and my vocational baccalaureate. After that I did various part-time jobs in the logistics.

Which tasks do you have at work?

My main task is the dispatching of our products to our customers. Besides this, I am commissioning our goods in the storage or am helping in our goods receiving department. Due to the various tasks in my daily working day, it is never getting boring and I am still learning new things after years in this job.

What is the atmosphere like in your apartment?

In the logistics department, we are more friends than colleagues. During stressful days we have to rely on each other. In these moments we know we are a good team.

How long are you planning to work at Halfar?

I would like to stay at Halfar for a long time.

Are there things you would change/ that you don’t like at Halfar?

In my opinion, the packaging of our products is still a big problem. We are using too much plastic for packaging. This could be improved in future because our goal is to become even more eco-friendly. A great thing is that we can give own proposals for improvement.

What are you doing after work?

After work I relax or meet my friends.

How many hours are you working?

Usually I work for eight and a quarter hours a day, but if we have more tasks to fulfill, I do more hours.

What is motivating you?

We are motivating each other. It’s like you are doing sports. Our aim is to work precise and to be a part of the company’s success.

Describe Halfar in one sentence.

The feeling of togetherness is great and we are more than colleagues.

Why is Halfar a good employer?

We have great working conditions and very high-quality devices.

Are you satisfied with your job?

Yes, I am motivated to go to work every day. I really enjoy my job.

Would you prefer do work in another job?

After I have finished my apprenticeship at Halfar, I decided to work in logistics and this decision was the right one for me. It is fun every day again and fits to my strengths and me. Logistics is challenging and interesting.

Are you happy to work at Halfar?

Yes, I am definitely happy to work here.

 

We thank you very much for the interview, Henryk!

Soon you can expect another interesting interview with one of our colleagues from Halfar.

Be curious!

HALFAR® Annual Report 2019 – We look back!

Dear customers, dear colleagues,

The year 2019 is slowly coming to an end. Therefore, we want to thank our colleagues and customers, as well as all partner companies for your trust and engagement!

It was an exciting and, above all, an eventful year. Together, we achieved so much!

To summarise, we want to reflect upon our achievements with you. Starting from our range of bags to the certifications and awards; and then onto the issue of sustainability, which has characterised 2019, and the outstanding things that occurred here at our site in Bielefeld during this year: From the insect-friendly roof garden to the new logistics centre.

Products & awards

In this year, exciting new products found their way once again to our selection range. And so 40 innovative products came on board. There was everything from backpack to shopper. We are especially proud of our DIAMOND backpack, with which we were able to impress the jury of the Promotional Gift Awards event. Many thanks for the award!

Rucksack DIAMOND  HALFAR FAST LANE®

Also worth mentioning is the new FRAME series and the new Finishing Technology HALFAR FAST LANE® associated with it, which can offer answers to many questions. Overall, our customers could choose from a total of 213 products and 14 finishing technologies in 2019.

Moreover, we were delighted to receive three prizes at the PSI Sustainability Awards. In the “Social Excellence” category, we were able to impress as a particularly staff-friendly and cooperative company and were able to bring the first prize home. We achieved second and third place respectively in the categories “Social Initiative” and “Economic Excellence”. For that, once again many thanks!

The HALFAR® Online shop

In May this year, our new HALFAR® homepage went live, including a modern and intuitive shop. A clear design and an optimised user interface quickly resulted in remarkable acceptance. The combination of interesting facts and a round-the-clock option to obtain samples and goods from stock is increasingly being taken up and enriches our collaboration.

The new HALFAR® shop - optimised for all types of devices

Employees, trainees & young talent

The HALFAR® team experienced strong growth once more in 2019. The team now consists of over 130 colleagues, who strive on a daily basis to make the HALFAR® brand a guarantor of trustworthy products and sustainable management. Thanks to everyone for the team feeling.

In 2019 we can also look back on the 9 young people who started their training in our company. Apart from the six vocational training placements offered previously offered, we also filled an apprenticeship for an e-commerce administrator for the first time. We were also able to congratulate four trainees on their success in passing their vocational exam. The HALFAR® team continues to support three of them. We are so happy that you are with us!

Sustainability in 2019

No subject occupied us this year as much as the search for additional opportunities to work even more sustainably and to make our products even more sustainable.

As planned, we fully compensated our unavoidable transport emissions this year. Together with Insect Respect, we expanded our green space on our company roof by a further 450 m² and designed the roof with green plants, piles of deadwood and other nesting places, thus creating additional, essential habitats for insects.

A further measure for cutting CO2 emissions was the purchase of our first electric company vehicle. It is a good alternative, especially for short trips.

We also support the use of the Job Bike, local public transport as well as the creation of car sharing initiatives. Colleagues “biked” over 5,000 km at this year’s City Bike Event. This employee initiative cut 732 kg of CO2. All these measures can be looked up in the current sustainability report, which was extended in 2019, incorporating the SDGs; the UN’s “Sustainable Development Goals”.

Certifications

As well as the existing DIN ISO 14001:2015 and DIN ISO 9001:2015 certifications, we were also able to attain GOTS re-certification this year. This means that all products, which carry this seal, continue to fulfil the highest ecological and social requirements along the whole of the production chain.

Modern working space and a new external warehouse

We also experienced strong growth in terms of space this year. The new logistics centre in Bielefeld Altenhagen went into operation in August after only 10 months of construction. It is merely a few kilometres from our headquarters and serves to centralise our shipping processes. Our bags are stored here in a 7,100 m² space. Moreover, a photovoltaic system is installed on the roof, which produces the electricity for our electrically operated forklift trucks, amongst other.

Our fourth construction phase was also occupied, now functioning as a modern office space and work area under the motto “NEW WORK”. At the same time, fruit baskets and water dispensers were introduced to provide healthy sustenance for all employees.

Other 2019 highlights

We supported the Glückstour (Good Luck Tour) for the seventh time this year with our bags, when chimney sweeps cycle through Germany on their bikes, collecting money donations for children with cancer. We made donations, too. School children in Tanzania could enjoy their new bags and backpacks.

After the first Bagground day last year with so much positive feedback, the second one was held this year. On this day, future trainees as well as their families and friends had the opportunity to become even more familiar with our company before the start of their training. Armin Halfar personally took them on a tour through the company.

Thank you for 2019!

At this point we want to thank EVERYONE most sincerely – once again – who made 2019 into what it was. We are already looking forward to a strong year 2020 and wish you all a very Happy Christmas!

Best regards from Bielefeld,

Kathrin Stühmeyer-Halfar & Armin Halfar

Strength and passion – that’s what “HALFAR” stands for

In all the years we have been working as experts for every kind of bag, fundamental values have always been deeply entrenched in our actions. These values include, for instance, being passionate about what we do or dedicating all our energy to developing new and improved solutions. However, what most people don’t know is that all these values are already contained in the corporate name. The decision to use the “HALFAR” name as a brand name is not because it’s Armin Halfar’s family name, but because the values embodied in the name perfectly harmonise with our own.

viking ship

HALFAR sounds like?

If you start delving into the name’s origin, you will find that it comes from Norway. You will also find plenty of explanations as to what it means. The so-called “Hallvarr” was considered the “guardian of the rocks”. Only strong and courageous men qualified for this task. Apart from this, the watchman had to be reliable, since he had plenty of responsibility. Furthermore, in Oslo there lived a patron saint whose name was “Saint Hallvard”.

From the deep north

The first time you hear the word “HALFAR”, you tend to think of Scandinavia and the Vikings. Above all else, these two associations stand for strength and robustness. However, you also think of pleasant people, especially thanks to stories such as “Wickie and the Strong Men”, who are known for their clever solutions and willpower.

vikings

HALFAR® has always epitomised these values. We are constantly developing creative and contemporary bags for our customers. Yet, our products never lose sight of their functional and qualitative demands. Because, no matter whether they are used as custom-made special bags or individualisable advertising material, above all else, HALFAR® ultimately stands for one thing: strong bags!

 

HALFAR® Best of Bags

The vitamin boost is available not just in the Halfar canteen, but also in all four kitchens.

Good things come in threes – how taking a break can be a source of creative potential

Everyone knows the problem from their everyday work: After a few hours, concentration starts to flag. When the attention starts to wander and blood sugar begins to dip, it is time for a break. How to make this break useful and how to support our staff in doing so is what drives us.

For many people, the most popular method is coffee – a caffeine hit that Halfar has always provided free of charge. Since drinking large quantities of coffee over a long period is not healthy, however, we have put in place some more ideas to help our staff get through the day. Many of the ideas originated as suggestions on our notice board and from staff involvement measures.

Measure 1 – Sparkling, still or boiling hot – water for all 

As we are made of 80% water, the element is essential for our wellbeing, our health and our ability to think. But we still often forget to drink enough during a hectic day – especially when no water is to hand. To counteract this, Halfar has now installed water dispensers at four central locations. Be it chilled, filtered or sparkling water or even boiling water for tea, it is all now available at the touch of a button, helping everyone to stay hydrated.

The water dispensers at Halfar can be used not only during breaks, but all day, giving staff an energy boost whenever they need it.

Measure 2 – Dry inside, green outside – fresh air and exercise

As well as the beautifully designed rooms and inviting canteen, our staff also have the option of using the terraces and green spaces around the building during their breaks or for meetings. Exercise in the fresh air stimulates the brain, provides the necessary distance from problems, or simply does us good, especially if the sun is shining. But our colleagues do not let a stiff breeze or the odd drop of rain put them off getting outdoors either.

Halfar employees have also the possibility to go for a walk outside to conduct a briefing or to find new ideas.

Measure 3 – Help yourself – vitamins for all!

Since the end of March, we have been buying fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables from a local organic farm once a week. Filled to bursting, the baskets are then placed in the kitchens and the canteen where everyone can access them. Be it apples, bananas, pepper or other fruit and vegetables, they all have one thing in common: they are packed with vitamins and very popular.

As if that were not enough, the vitamins and minerals they contain are a real boost for concentration. It is scientifically proven that they influence our cell growth and that particularly vitamin C has a positive effect on our brains and thus our concentration.

It is a totally natural way for us to increase our concentration and thus perform better in everyday life. In turn, this enhances our emotional satisfaction and stimulates our creative potential. This “break business” really does have long-term benefits!

The vitamin boost is available not just in the Halfar canteen, but also in all four kitchens. Perfect to take a healthy break!

New Work at Halfar - The new co-working area

„New Work“ at Halfar – The Future Today

On Friday, 22/02/2019, everything at Halfar was aligned to the motto of “New Work”. Following a few years of vacancy, the new working area space was inaugurated in our building’s 3rd construction phase. We have succeeded at creating a state-of-the-art working area that is ahead of the times.

New Work at Halfar - The new co-working area

But what does “New Work” actually mean?

In the present day and age many things are in flux. This also holds true for our work. A desk, swivel chair and office used to be typical in the past. Today, work is done wherever we feel like it. We are seeing a trend toward greater independence and responsibility, as well as more flexible working hours and workplaces. Your boss is no longer merely your superior; much rather, he or she is like a supportive coach. Here at Halfar, we have understood this, and we are already setting our sights on the future today.

This is why we need new concepts. In cooperation with our architects, a highly-innovative office surface has been developed and realised. With its open-plan design, it epitomises transparency, rapid information exchange and agile working.

Since noise is a major issue in modern and open-plan office landscapes, we focussed our attention on reducing noise and selected the flooring, ceilings and walls accordingly, so as to support this objective.

Communication alongside digitalisation

Direct communication is becoming increasingly more important in times of digitalisation. This is facilitated with large open spaces with only a few walls. Since some tasks require particular concentration, lounges or small rooms are available for working in quiet and without any disruptions. As is already the case at all other workplaces with seated activities, we only use height-adjustable desks and ergonomically-designed chairs in the new offices. Today, meetings are no longer hosted in the classic, seated conference room format, but at the sideboard, while standing in a modern room, or even while taking a walk. Therefore, we believe New Work to mean being connected and working intelligently within a group.

 

Benefits for All!

At the end of the day, all these innovative ideas benefit not only the employees but also the customer. Thanks to improved and, most importantly, accelerated communication between the graphic design, product design, product management, marketing and e-commerce departments, our customers benefit from more rapid capturing of their wishes with the new development of products and services.

We at Halfar are convinced that this has successfully opened the door to the changing working world, and we believe this will motivate us even further to continuously improve both ourselves and our products for our customers.

Halfar Jahres-Rückblick 2018

HALFAR® Annual Report 2018 – We look back!

Dear Customers, Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends,

We can look back on a colourful and busy year 2018, which was fully dedicated to our joint, sustainable work for the HALFAR® brand. Together, with determination and know-how, we also turned 2018 into a successful, “strong” HALFAR® year!

Therefore, we particularly thank our customers, partner businesses and of course our colleagues for their trust, confidence and commitment. Neither do we want to miss the opportunity this year to both summarise the year with some numbers, and to remember some of the highlights:

HALFAR® 2018 in Numbers

(and more) good reasons to celebrate

We were able to enjoy another first Place at the PSI Sustainability Award once again this year. Many thanks!

We were especially pleased about being awarded the CSR Prize OWL, which aims to make the social commitment of businesses better known in the local area, as well as to promote further sustainable economic commitment. We are convinced that a sustainable way to conduct business needs a broad foundation and a large lobby. Therefore, many thanks to all who change their thinking, join in and make an effort!

We also want to explicitly thank our partner prosigno®. In 2018 we were able to celebrate together with you 5 years of successful collaboration. We are looking forward to many more successful years!

 


Our junior staff

With more than 100 employees, HALFAR® has a strong team. And in order for this to continue, we currently are training 13 young people in 5 professions. From media designer to specialist in warehouse logistics, wholesale merchant and export trader, industrial manager to textile operator, we teach our youngsters their profession from scratch.

We therefore congratulate our 5 successful graduates most sincerely, as they were able to conclude their training very successfully in 2018. We are proud of you!

Once again we give a warm welcome our four new trainees, who started their training with enthusiasm in August. Together with you, we started our “family bagground day”. In future on this day, our prospective apprentices, together with their parents, will be able to be introduced to our company even before their training starts.

Also in 2018, our cooperation with Gerry Weber started to train textile and fashion tailors. Young technicians from both companies now have the opportunity to learn about internal company manufacturing processes as well as those of the partner company.

And also quite a lot has happened as far as the little ones are concerned: 3 “company babies” were welcomed to the world this year.

All the best to the young parents – we are happy for you!


Certificates

For the sake of completeness, the certifications gained this year should also be mentioned:

Sincere thanks to all colleagues for your engagement; for further background and the reasons behind it all, we refer here to our second sustainability report, which was published in May 2018.

 

The new ones in the promotional bags range

We also look back at an eventful year as far as product innovations are concerned.

30 innovations introduced at the PSI scored points because of their natural materials such as soft Jersey, robust canvas or sustainable organic cotton as well as their anti-theft compartments or options for combination use. The year got into full gear with the premiere of further product lines midyear. 12 new models were the starting point for our autumn-winter collections, which will be an annual event.

We were able provide a sneak preview of the year 2019 at the WELCOME HOME, for during which we received many guests in Bielefeld once again this year. We are always very happy about the great interest shown in our work and in us!

Apart from all these measurable factors, there are a few emotional highlights of the year, which we should remember:

HALFAR® 2018 enthusiasm

Our team not only works well together, the team spirit does not rest outside the office either. Whether watching football together, climbing or swimming, our colleagues deploy their talents for the sake of the community. In order to strengthen and support this, HALFAR® has been participating in talee since April. Our environment is also characterised by active people who make an effort. For example, a committed group of visitors, which has been supporting children suffering from cancer for many years, made a stop at our company in the course of the “Happiness Tour”.

Our gallery of pictures is also growing ever more in the in BLOG column “HALFAR® around the world – bags on tour”. We are happy about the enthusiasm with which colleagues and customers are sending photographs of HALFAR® bags from around the world and allowing us to participate in their journeys! Our trip together to Leipzig will also remain one of the best memories. Joined by FARE – our sister company – we celebrated the crowning conclusion to an exciting year.

Even though not all events of this intensive year can be mentioned here, we want to express our most sincere thanks for every contribution once again!

We wish you a wonderful festive season and a happy new year.

Together, let us look forward to a new, strong HALFAR® – year 2019!

With this in mind: Christmas Greetings from Bielefeld,

Kathrin Stühmeyer-Halfar & Armin Halfar