Pflegekraft

Assemble Survival Packs with HALFAR® Bags

HALFAR® mouth and nose mask

In our blog post for the special campaign “Support for everyday heroes” we have already presented a bag model that is suitable as packaging for hygiene sets. Because when we are on the road more often these days, it is practical to always have the necessary aids, such as masks, gloves and disinfectants with you.

Making these items available already as a set can make a positive contribution. In some places, protective glasses or a “goodie” may also be a motivating part of such a set – the advertising trade certainly has the right set for every target group.

When soon more people are on the road again, on public transport, in shops or during necessary visits, we need aids to protect each other from infection, such as masks, gloves and disinfectants. Making these items available as a set can make a positive contribution. In some places, protective glasses or a “goodie” may also be a motivating part of such a set – the advertising trade certainly has a good solution proposal for every target group.

In the following we have therefore put together some additional model ideas from the HALFAR® range that are suitable for employee, starter or customer sets. Because HALFAR® bags stand for functional mobility and offer solutions for all purposes, so that the right equipment can always be included. We would be happy to advise you personally on our models, protective masks or the ideal advertising application.

As a support we have compiled PDFs for you to use for communication with your customers.

 

If you need more arguments, or would like to know which products are particularly suitable for which application, read on here.

Hands free and mobile in use – practical for nursing staff

By car from patient to patient. Good, if nothing can be forgotten and you can still keep your hands free. Because protective masks, disposable gloves and disinfectants protect the old and sick who need daily care and support. Belt pouches or monostraps can be a good solution for such purposes. They offer the necessary storage space, can be worn all day and are always with you without restricting the necessary freedom of movement.

HALFAR® offers a variety of belt bags: from waterproof to fashionable, from affordable to professional. In our range you will find the right model for every application, every budget and every brand message. In addition, good news, the name of the carer or the carer’s name can be placed prominently on the model with an individual print or embroidery.

If it may be a little larger because mobile devices are needed to record data, the so-called monostrap backpacks are a good choice. This pocket shape also guarantees freedom of movement and the comfort of having everything at hand.

Safely on the move: sets for travellers and people who want to be safe on the move

Shopping with a mouth and nose mask

But not only people in care are on the move, either professionally or privately. Even in public transport, on the train or elsewhere, such as in the supermarket, the distance rules cannot necessarily be observed. All the better if the necessary protective equipment is always at hand.

In addition to the belt pouches and monostraps already mentioned above, (small) zipper pouches, which keep everything handy together, can be an ideal solution for this target group. Depending on the intended use, different models are available. For example the SOLUTION, which takes on the necessary utensils for a longer journey, as well as the zipper bag COLLECT, which ensures that everything is ready to hand in the backpack or shoulder bag. But also the stylish RETRO, the well-organised TRAVEL with two zipped compartments and the SWITCH, which looks like a small suitcase, offer the best organisational talent at an attractive price.

Small and practical bags from HALFAR® - ideal for the use of survival packs

Small bags that are suitable for different purposes.

Starter sets for teachers: How besides chalk also hygiene products can be on site

Speaking of talent: The first returnees are also expected in the schools. It is therefore all the more important that the necessary hygiene utensils are also included here.

Whether with the case ORGANIC, which can stand on the table during the lesson, and then closed with the drawstring and held at the handle to go to the next class. Or with the zipper bag ORGANIC, which is available in 3 different sizes. The HALFAR® assortment offers some possibilities. In addition to these cotton models produced according to GOTS, the drawstring bag PLANET, made of cotton production cuttings, and the PVC-free case ELEGANCE, by their very nature, encourage us not to lose sight of the important issue of sustainability in these times. The students will be grateful.

Welcome back to Office: Welcome the employees back to the office

Support for employees who come back from homeoffice

Last but not least, we should not forget the many employees who will be returning to work in the coming months from their home offices or from short-time working. Welcoming them warmly and providing opportunities for the protection of employees is a sign of appreciation and can make an important contribution to their health both within the company and beyond. After all, the materials provided can also be used during leisure time. For example during a bicycle tour or an evening walk. This is how companies and employees stay healthy.

HALFAR® backpacks - ideal for the use of survival packs

Mouth and nose mask from HALFAR®

The current situation is exceptional for all of us and requires exceptional measures from the companies as well. For this reason, we at HALFAR® have decided to temporarily switch our production to the manufacture of mouth and nose masks.

Mund-Nase-Masken von HALFAR®

From week 16 we will start with the production of our masks in Europe. Of course, we guarantee the highest quality here as well. As the masks can be boiled out, they are also suitable for reuse. In our YouTube video you can get a better look on it.

 

 

 

This is why our bags are sustainable – how sustainability continues

“Why exactly are your bags sustainable?”– We hear this question again and again and have realised that there isn’t just one answer. Apart from the materials, which are used to manufacture our bags, many other factors also play an important role. In this article we want to show you why we can call our bags sustainable and why you can look forward to 2020.

A sustainable basis

To ensure that you can hold a sustainably manufactured bag in your hands, we pull out all the stops. As early as in the design phase of our bags, we focus on functionality, efficiency and durability. After all, only when our bags and backpacks are used for a long time and are enjoyed, are they really sustainable in the end. This is the reason for placing so much emphasis on the materials for our products, and so we have the particularly durable and tough synthetic fibres, such as polyester or Nylon, tested for their constituents in accredited institutes like Bureau Veritas. Our “tested materials” labels are given only to products, which fulfil the REACH and LFGB guidelines for component substances.

We also constantly monitor natural fibres, such as cotton and jute. As these fibres are produced through agricultural methods, we offer products, where sustainability starts much earlier in the production chain. The Fairtrade cotton seal stands for fair cultivation and trade of raw cotton, which can be directly retraced along all steps of production and is processed separately from non-Fairtrade cotton. The GOTS label guarantees the strict observance of environmental and technical requirements along the entire production chain. GOTS is currently regarded as the highest standard worldwide for the processing of textiles from organically produced natural fibres. Halfar itself is also GOTS certified.

For the coming year, we have asked ourselves the following questions once again:

  • Which materials can we use in the future?
  • Which materials allow further steps to even greater sustainability?

This time we found new answers. Here, we can reveal something about the materials for the Newcomers 2020.

Recycled and renewable - Sustainable bags from HALFAR®

From bottle to bag

Recycling materials has always been a topic for us. As long as 15 years ago we produced bags from bicycle tyres, and bags made from airbags, coffee sacks and airplane seats followed.

From 2020, we will be offering entire series in the standard range, for example products from recycled PET bottles, utilising waste for something new. PET bottles are suitable for recycling thanks to the possibility of homogenous sorting. Bottles that have already been used are turned into granulates, which can be processed into new fibres. On average, you need about 24 PET bottles for a strong HALFAR® bag.

Process rPET bags

By the way, we only process rPET material with the GRS seal. The seal assures that the materials can be retraced. This is the only way of ascertaining – in the case of the same basic raw material – that the rPET fabric was produced with recycled PET bottles and had not been produced totally new.

Sustainable HALFAR® bags made of rPET

HALFAR® bags made of rPET which has been certified according to the GRS

We let cotton blossom once again

We love cotton – so much, that we want to give this natural material a second life. Therefore, we recycle cotton offcuts and produce the best that we can possibly imagine: “Bags”.

Join us in looking forward right now to an entirely new series of bags in the HALFAR® range 2020, made of pre-recycled cotton.

Pre-recycled cotton largely consists of cotton offcut remnants, which are left over in production. They are collected, sorted according to colour, shredded and newly spun. So that the fibres become durable despite the shredding process, a proportion of new fibres are added. Currently, a fibre mix of up to 70% recycled cotton offcuts is possible, with good load test characteristics.

By using this durable fibre, we ensure that not only the fabric production considers aspects of sustainability, but that the end product is also long lasting and continues to be used. This means:

  1. Less new cotton needs to be cultivated,
  2. Less water is needed and
  3. Fewer valuable raw materials are wasted.

This is further step in matters of sustainable production and sustainably strong bags.

HALFAR® bags made of pre-recycled cotton

Production under fair conditions

Yet it is not only the material that is important for a bag being sustainable in the end, as in all other steps in the value-added chain, ecological and social criteria play an important role too. For this reason, we obligate all our production sites contractually to comply with the ILO core labour standard. This social standard for humane working conditions and sufficient labour protection in production forms the basis for sustainable working conditions worldwide.

Furthermore, our Top Ten factories are audited according to amfori BSCI. Halfar itself has been part of the amfori BSCI network since 2009. We participate actively in order to observe the social standards in the international supply chains relevant to us and to develop them. For this, external quality inspectors and auditors, who inspect working conditions and production according to international standards, as well as Halfar employees, regularly travel to the factories. On site, they monitor, advise and provide support on all matters regarding bag production by contributing their know-how.

Sustainable finishing – sustainable effect

Ultimately, HALFAR® bags are the stage for many big and small brands. Therefore, we work constantly to make not only our bags, but also our finishing processes ever more sustainable. We have already managed to change the print inks for many of our bags from ones containing solvents to water-soluble inks.

Moreover, with HALFAR FAST LANE® we were recently able to offer an innovative finish that is particularly efficient, quick and sustainable. This means, in fact, that the print is especially energy-efficient thanks to the LED technology used. We also produce our electricity here in Bielefeld with our own photovoltaic system or use eco-power. We compensate for the CO2 emissions from transporting our products with our climate projects – allowing us to work in a completely CO2-neutral way. The highly pigmented print inks harden quickly and are free from heavy metals and solvents. The print uses high dynamic range imaging, and are robust and long lasting. Not least, the bags of the FRAME series, where advertising is applied, are free of UPVC and thus can do without the associated softeners – just like all our innovations, which await you in 2020.

Meet the innovations at the PSI – register now!

Have we made you curious? You have an opportunity to meet us and our NEWCOMERS in person at the PSI 2020 in Düsseldorf. Register now for the leading European trade show of the promotional products industry, which takes place from 7th to 9th January. We look forward to meeting you!

 

FAST CHRISTMAS

HALFAR FAST LANE® – Now Christmas can begin

Your customer needs 100 personalized bags for Christmas by the day after tomorrow? Impossible. Isn’t it? No longer! The new HALFAR FAST LANE® makes it possible. It is yet another exciting HALFAR® decoration to add to our collection of innovations. But what exactly does the new decoration method involve and what makes it so special? We have concluded this in the following article.

And the highlight is – we have a pre-Christmas present for you: The HALFAR FAST LANE® flyer! Download it now and send it to your customers!

Send this PDF with a link to the HALFAR® shop directly to your customers. Or…

Individualize the flyer with your retailer address or insert your logo and send it to your customers.

 

 

The idea for innovation

How can we decorate a bag quickly and, most importantly, in high quality? It is a question that we at HALFAR® have been working on for a long time. Now we have the answer: HALFAR FAST LANE®.

 

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The formula one of decoration

What are the advantages of the HALFAR FAST LANE® method compared to other forms of decoration? The answer is simple – there are lots.

Probably the most compelling argument in favour of the new process is the lead time. It is now possible to complete an order in a single day, depending on the quantity and clarity of the order. No-one else is faster! Another benefit is the brilliant print result. If the logo needs to stand out, a spot coating can be applied to give it a high-quality look and make the motif appear three-dimensional. And if that is not already enough advantages for you, here are a few more:

  • already from one piece, ready from one day after the launch of the order
  • good value
  • especially intense colours
  • free from solvents and heavy metals
  • no colour bleeding
  • energy-saving printing process
  • noble with spot varnish finish
  • 4-colour text up to font 6 pt (for vectorised fonts)

Die Formel 1 unter den Veredelungen

Promotional perfection

The bags in the new FRAME collection also do their bit for the promotional effect. They really do create the perfect frame for your message. Their special decorative seams frame the logo and attract even more attention to the promotional space. It is unique!

HALFAR FAST LANE<sup>®</sup>

 

Have you tried the new HALFAR FAST LANE® method yet? Our customer advisors will be happy to help!

Logistikzentrum

HALFAR® is growing – our new logistics centre

After just ten months, we will complete the construction work on our new satellite warehouse in August. The hall, located only seven kilometres from our headquarters in Oldentrup and with a surface area of 7,100m² will become our new logistics centre. In the future, all shipping processes for pallet goods that used to be carried out at the headquarters, at service providers and in rented warehouses in the surrounding area, will be centralised here. Since it was no longer possible to expand the company headquarters in Bielefeld Oldentrup, the Altenhagen location provided a good alternative. Apart from this, with the optimal location, the new building ensures a permanent supply availability with higher stock levels and a growing product range.

Logistikzentrum

Storage of the future

The new 7100 m² warehouse offers cutting edge technology. Semi-autonomous forklift trucks are used for the 11,300 pallet spaces in the narrow aisle warehouse. They get the necessary information on their destination via high-speed Wi-Fi. What’s more, eight loading ramps for trucks rule out waiting times for the drivers. The drivers’ comfort is also ensured by a lounge area and showers.

Regional Partners

To the largest extent, the warehouse construction in Bielefeld Altenhagen was done by regional craft businesses. Goldbeck built the hall in cooperation with Eda Saygili, the architect and site manager. Apart from this, the company cooperated with Bielefeld municipality and Interkomm OWL to accelerate the planning process. Another advantage of the location is that the forwarding agency is not far away. Cutting this distance reduces CO2 emissions considerably.

Large hall – low energy consumption

The new logistics centre in Bielefeld Altenhagen is dedicated to effectiveness and sustainability. The existing space is optimally used by installing a narrow aisle warehouse. In cooperation with Bielefeld municipality, we operate a 70 kWh photovoltaic system on the roof area for decentralised power supply. The electricity generated is used directly in the building or stored in batteries. This way, our electric car perfectly suited for trips between the company headquarters and the logistics centre. The building insulation is also particularly efficient and 20% higher than required under building law. Additional energy-saving measures include LED luminaires connected to presence detectors and an ecogas heating system.

Rough pasture for nature

To counterbalance the land consumption to the greatest possible extent, we will be planting indigenous bushes and shrubs on the open spaces that exceed the government-required greening surfaces. We will also be supplementing these surfaces with important, insect-friendly small structures such as piles of dead wood and stone. The site will have two areas that are laid out as rough pastures for nature, providing valuable habitats for rare plants and insects. We will report on this as soon as the first inhabitants move in!

The first products will be in stock in September. We’ll keep you posted!

HALFAR® How to: How do you fold the SKY bags correctly?

Our new SKY Series has been available for a few months and has been enjoying great popularity. This doesn’t just happen by chance. The modern design in combination with particularly beautiful colours turns the bags of this range into eye catchers. And their highlights, such as the folding functions, make them into practical helpers in everyday life. As we have received many questions regarding how to fold these bags correctly, we simply shot a video tutorial for you.

Here we go!

Step 1

Spread the bag out in front of you. Roll the inner bag up to the left and put it on the outside. The folded bag will later disappear into this inner bag.

Step 2

Now close the bag and fold the sides into the middle.

Step 3

Then fold the bag towards the inner bag and stow it inside it. Now just close the zipper of the inner bag.

Step 4

Put the folded bag in your suitcase and off you go on holiday!

Now nothing will get in the way of your holiday at the seaside. We hope that we were able to help you with these instructions and wish you lots of fun with our bags from the SKY range!

Further info about luggage

Are you looking for other bags you can use as hand luggage on a flight? Then our comprehensive list will help you. Just download it, compare the permitted airline dimensions with the measurements of the desired bag and order the bag for yourself and your customers directly from the Online Shop.

Download HALFAR®’s on-board luggage list here:

3 times WOW – Why the DIAMOND backpack is so exciting

Surely you already know the DIAMOND, don’t you? After all, the newcomer to the range scooped up a prize right at the beginning of the year: The Promotional Gift Award in the “Communicative Product” category. According to the jury, it is particularly suitable for addressing and conveying company objectives, advertising messages and marketing content. Or to put it more simply: this backpack ensures a threefold WOW!

WOW - Backpack DIAMOND by HALFAR®

Why? We have summarised it for you here! And so that you can also pass it onto your customers directly, we have prepared a flyer about the DIAMOND as a PDF. Simply download it!

Send this PDF with a link to the HALFAR® shop directly to your customers. Or…

Individualize the flyer with your retailer address or insert your logo and send it to your customers.

WOW 1: All-over printing

Strictly speaking, the DIAMOND does not just have spaces for advertising – it is a single advertising billboard. After all, it is printed at the front and at the back, totally covering the entire surface. No front pockets or similar are there to distract and motifs come very boldly into their own. Use it for your advertising slogan. As a made to order business, we are happy to undertake this all-over printing for you. But we also offer something very special from stock: the DIAMOND comes with a pre-printed diamond pattern. This gives it a very sculptured and innovative character.

Backpack DIAMOND by HALFAR® - with all-over print

WOW 2: Wearable on both sides

On the front? On the back? It doesn’t matter! You can wear the DIAMOND both ways. It is cut in such a way that the back can also be a front – and vice-versa. This special feature opens up entirely new decoration options, as this backpack communicates on both sides: it can tell stories, it can adjust to the wearer’s mood and desire with a subtle and a high-profile advertising side, it can combine two favourite colours or even join two advertising partners … just doubly good.

WOW - Backpack DIAMOND by HALFAR® - bothsides wearable

Apart from that, it not only looks good, but is also very practical:

  • 12 litre volume
  • fits A4 size items
  • practical, side zipper pocket
  • wide, length adjustable straps
  • soft, foldable, robust, durable
  • PVC-free
  • alternative to plastic bags, sustainably produced

WOW 3: Directly from stock

Ready-made. We have the DIAMOND as an in-stock bag. Elegant: as a stock item you get the DIAMOND with the fascinating, structured diamond pattern, which is reminiscent of a diamond cut. It is available in black, red, light grey or blue.

WOW - Backpack DIAMOND by HALFAR® - prompt delivery

You can order it directly in the online shop – in larger quantities too. In case of any questions, your contact person for promotional bags will be happy to help you!

Now launched! The new HALFAR® shop

Today, it is not just the originality and the quality of a product, but also its performance and availability in the digital world that is crucial for its success. We at HALFAR® realise this too and therefore launched our new HALFAR® Shop a few weeks ago, including a completely new Homepage. Both have proved impressive from day one. But what exactly is so new and exciting? You will find out in the following blog post.

A design that impresses!

It was especially important to us to create a design for the new homepage and its integrated shops which would be as modern and at the same time as practical as possible. And we definitely succeeded in this. All articles not only now show their best side, but are also presented from all optimum angles. Moreover, the entire layout of the Shop is very tidy and does not stress the user when surfing.

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

Optimised for mobile devices

Because at least as many people now surf the Internet via mobile devices as those using computers, we have optimised our homepage and the shop for all types of mobile end devices. This makes staying on the page as enjoyable as possible for our customers, irrespective of whether you are working on a Smartphone or computer. Together with our IT specialists, we have also created a page which allows you to reach your desired article or the desired page in as few clicks as possible. This saves you lots of time and you can quickly find anything.

The new HALFAR® shop - optimised for mobile devices

From now on you can also visit the HALFAR® website and our shop using your smartphone.

New shop functions for a better surfing experience

To ensure that the new homepage and the shop not just look good, some functions are also needed – obviously – to  make the surfing experience easier. Here, too, we allowed our entire experience to be integrated in order to provide those very functions, which help you move forwards. One of these features, for example, is the filter option to find specific bag properties. With this, visitors to the page can very simply find the properties they require in their searched product and therefore look for it quickly in a targeted way. Is your customer looking for a foldable bag, for example? Then you can activate this criterium in the field for special properties and get an overview of the available bags.

Moreover, the “Product Series” shows articles from the same series, which might also be of interest to the visitor. The function “Bestseller” gives an overview of products which currently enjoy great popularity and might also be of interest to you.

You can also download a complete data sheet with all the important information on the product your customer is interested in and to take it to your appointment with the customer, for instance.

All-round success!

All these aspects make our new homepage and the new shop a successful project. After only a few weeks, the many positive responses so far show us this. Naturally, we at HALFAR® are very proud to see that our intensive project hits the mark exactly. It is another step in the right direction: the future!

You don’t have a login to our shop yet? If so, you can request it via our registration form.

For any further questions, our promotional bags team is happy to help you any time. And now we wish you lots of fun exploring the new HALFAR® Online World!

Stay cool with cool bags by HALFAR®

“Stay cool!” – Cool bags by HALFAR®

Stay cool with cool bags by HALFAR®

The cold season says goodbye and summer is coming. Soon we will again hear the sentence: “Let’s eat outside today, the weather is so great!” At HALFAR®, we have developed exactly the right cool bag for any situation. Our aim was and is to perfectly combine design and functionality. The following article will tell you what it is that makes HALFAR® cool bags so special.

A design, that is never boring

At HALFAR® we know that in today’s world, design is just as important as innovation and functionality. Our designers have managed to pack the cool bag functions so appealingly that no one thinks of promotional bags at first glance. High quality materials, such as aluminium for example, but also hardwearing substances such as polyester, give the bags a sophisticated look. Intelligently attached side pockets also ensure that nothing will be lost – guaranteed!

Cool basket by HALFAR®

 

Advertising success guaranteed!

As our bags serve promotional purposes, advertising must not be neglected. Therefore, all cool bags offer lots of space for all kinds of logos and allow fantastic colour co-ordinations, meaning there is no limit to creativity. Various options for decoration also contribute – such as screen-printing or embroidery. Or maybe you will choose a high-quality metal emblem? One thing is for sure, however: advertising is always at the forefront and makes each bag an individual piece! Attention is pre-programmed.

A clear conscience is free!

One of our most important principles is the sustainability of our products. This aspect is particularly important for products that come in contact with food. For this reason, more than half of our cool bags can adorn themselves with the “PVC free” seal. However, a sustainable product must also be durable and hardwearing. Our bags easily last many years due to their tough materials. Of course, food can also be stored in our cool bags without any worries. The “food grade” certification provides the confirmation. Each of our cool bags is equipped with a cold insulating coating inside, which makes sure that the contents stay cool and fresh for a long time. Nothing can stop you now from spending a long day outdoors!

 

The perfect companion

Each of our cool bags is special in its own way. But there is one thing they all have in common: their functionality. Whether you’re out shopping for frozen pizzas or on your bike with a six-pack of cold drinks, we always have the right design!

Stay cool with HALFAR®'s cool bag FAMILY XL