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Outdoor-Rucksäcke von HALFAR®®

Outdoor is in!

Holidays in Europe and especially in Germany are very popular with many people due to the situation this year. The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) and its partners have also recognised this and are promoting the 2020 theme with a major campaign.

In addition to traditional destinations such as the North and Baltic Sea, more and more people are being drawn to the mountains. The fresh air, beautiful scenery and no mass tourism are probably the most convincing arguments. The ecological and thus sustainable aspects of such trips also convince many. But these are by far not the only reasons for a holiday in the mountains. In addition to the aspects already mentioned, many people are attracted to the mountainous regions to go hiking and do sports. What should not be missing is the right equipment. This includes suitable clothing as well as a suitable backpack. In this article we present you our outdoor favourites.

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Outdoor-Rucksäcke von HALFAR®®

 

“Halfar goes Hollywood” – or how our backpack got movie credit

Our first candidate is the backpack TRAIL. He has already made it onto the big film stage. Because the TRAIL not only pleases from the outside, it can also convince with its inner values. Its many compartments and nets offer enough space for a water bottle, flat sleeping bag and much more. A small opening on the side even allows the hose of the MOVE drinking system to be pushed through, which can be added as an option. Alternatively, the opening can be used for the cable of headphones. And should it rain, a rain cover for your favourite backpack is included. Of course, this HALFAR® backpack also offers space for possible decorations like embroidery or a screen print.

 

You are thrilled and want to see how much TRAIL fits into your backpack? Our video will amaze you:

A backpack for those who like to go further

If it should become a somewhat longer trip, then this specialist is used. With a capacity of 35 litres, the trekking backpack MOUNTAIN is one of our largest. Nevertheless, we have taken care to make the rucksack as light as possible so that it does not impose any strain when hiking. We could present all the features to you now, but that would definitely go beyond the scope of this rucksack. Just to name a few, the backpack has a padded and ergonomically shaped back, length and height adjustable straps, outlets for headphones or hydration systems and of course lots of compartments.

And for those who want to customize the backpack with your logo, the front of the backpack offers enough space for a screen print or embroidery.

Light and full of favourite compartments – the ideal companion for day trips

With a volume of 22 litres, it is slightly smaller than its two conspecifics, but no less full of useful features. The STEP L backpack offers a large and spacious main compartment that can easily accommodate the required equipment. In order to increase the carrying comfort, we have also paid attention to a padded back section and padded carrying straps in this backpack. If you want to charge your Smartphone while hiking, the backpack easily holds a power bank, which can be connected to the Smartphone through an opening in the backpack. The STEP L backpack is also characterised by its compactness, making it the perfect companion for day trips.

For all those who don’t hike alone, the STEP L backpack and its smaller counterpart the STEP M backpack offer togetherness and a perfect fit for every fellow hiker. The well thought-out size and colour concept makes it possible.

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HALFAR®– backpacks for winners

But not only we are convinced. The enthusiasm for travelling with HALFAR® outdoor backpacks goes beyond the borders of Germany. Already last year Samuel & Lorenzo from @Alpinbags sent us some pictures of some members of their community on the road with our backpacks.

This year Alpinbags even wants to make a contest out of it and has asked us to sponsor the contest with our backpacks as prizes. With so much enthusiasm for our backpacks we are of course happy to support this! Accordingly the backpacks mentioned in this article will be awarded as prizes for the best pictures. We are already very excited about the pictures of the participants. Of course we will keep you up to date!

HALFAR® at the city cycling 2020 in Bielefeld

HALFAR® at the city cycling 2020 in Bielefeld

Also this year the Team HALFAR® was part of the city cycling 2020 in Bielefeld. From May 30th to June 19th more than 3400 cyclists from 340 teams have been cycling diligently and have collected kilometers for their respective team. Now the campaign is over and the result is a remarkable number: 635,183 km were covered and 93 tons of CO2 were saved.

This year, the HALFAR® team consisted of 24 colleagues. Together they covered a distance of 5648 km and saved 830 kg of CO2. That makes us quite proud!

Already since 2017, we at HALFAR® have been promoting the bicycle culture among employees and enable our employees to jointly lease a job bike. In cooperation with the company of the same name, we would like to reduce car traffic on the streets and do something good for the environment.

HALFAR® at the city cycling 2020 in Bielefeld

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Lean meadows for nature – the new logistics centre blossoms

Now the time has come! Just under a year after the completion of our logistics centre in Altenhagen, the first results of the planting around the new building are becoming apparent. Just as on the green roofs at the company headquarters, the aim of this project was to create valuable habitats for rare plants and insects on available open spaces.

The creation of lean meadows, the planting of native shrubs and perennials and the landscaped dead wood and stone piles provide an ideal habitat for a wide variety of insects, wild bees and birds.

Flower variety serves as insect magnet

The now beautifully blooming rough pastures are already colonized by insects of all kinds and draw a picture of living diversity. Because insects like it varied, wild and colourful. They are a good example of living diversity and its great importance. Perhaps this is why, in addition to their importance for the environment, they are such a major concern for us.

The bright blue cornflowers hold a lot of nectar and pollen and attract bees and bumblebees from June to September. And the red corn poppy is not only beautiful to look at, but also a welcome source of nourishment for many insects. The same goes for the straight-lined, radiant daisies that bloom on our meagre meadow. Marguerites are regarded as bees and butterflies magnets and perfectly complement the green ecosystem.

To our delight, the dead wood and stone heaps are also already populated by various insects. They offer protection and retreat possibilities also in the colder months. We hope that more insects will settle here in the course of the summer!

Holistic approach – lived sustainability

In addition to bees and insects, we at Halfar, as you surely know, deal with many other topics that are generally associated with the term sustainability. Whether CO2-free shipping of our products, the use of renewable raw materials in our productions, upcycling, bags made of recycled materials, social standards in bag production… the variety of topics is also great here.  We would be happy to advise you on how your HALFAR® bag project can have a particularly sustainable effect.

Why sustainability is not just a fashionable trend for us at HALFAR® and what we are actually doing in the fields of action HUMAN, NATURE and PRODUCT, you can also read in our Sustainability Report 2019.

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.

 

 

 

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

 

nachhaltige Bio-Putzmittel bei HALFAR®

Sustainable cleaning products at HALFAR®

Within the scope of our sustainability strategy, we have converted all our cleaning products to sustainable organic cleaning products. In our sustainability report and the SDG’s you can read more about which measures we have implemented to protect our environment and which will follow.

nachhaltige Bio-Putzmittel bei HALFAR®

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!

Der neue CHOICE Messestand

The PSI 2020 – Innovation, sustainability and solutions ahead

The PSI 2020 is over and was a complete success. However, this year there were not just new products of the CHOICE sisters to be marvelled at, but the exhibition display also stood out with its new makeover.

Premiere at the PSI: the CHOICE Experience

At the PSI 2020, the sisters of the enterprise group CHOICE (SND, mbw®, Daiber, FARE® and HALFAR®) presented themselves on a new exhibition stand. Under the motto CHOICE Experience, it not only visualised the mutual understanding of brands, but also made it into an experience for the 16,367 visitors, who had travelled from 81 nations to this leading trade fair.

Der neue CHOICE PSI 2020 Messestand

Connection meets independence

The new stand’s design is clear and straightforward. The colour white dominates outside. And so, the generously sized stand – around 650 square metres – gives five independent companies the opportunity to appear under one coherent framework. The signal: the CHOICE family operates under one roof -– and that not only symbolically, but also in wholly practical terms.

Each partner has their own space, shaping it individually with products and messages. However, links to the others are provided everywhere. Passages and views open up the stand. Each company’s area has a wide entry, inviting and welcoming the visitor to the trade exhibition. Themed islands and presenters are structured in one coherent, product-specific and stylistic language. They create display formats with light and graphics, which communicate the product variety and brand values to the customer.

Experiencing inner values – the CHOICE Lounge

As the customer enters the stand via the individual business worlds, he comes upon the inner core of the CHOICE group. Here, all positions of the otherwise diverse advertising media experts meet as one big community of values. The lounge in the middle of the stand is, therefore, purposely designed in a different way to the outside product areas. It is kept in warm colours and creates an ambience of well-being for breaks and discussions. Sustainability, quality, innovation, service, and partnership – these are some of the CHOICE values, which became apparent this year; also in the statements of the respective entrepreneurial key players and in product and image photographs.

Sustainable, useful, new for 2020 at HALFAR®

Sustainability is not a megatrend for us here at HALFAR®, but a subject that emerges from our fundamental position. Today, we work at the company headquarters Bielefeld in a CO2-neutral way and, in new engagements and initiatives, we demonstrate again and again that we are serious about future and customer-orientation. This is shown in practice as far as the bag innovations 2020 are concerned. With materials such as recycled PET (rPET) and pioneering concepts, we offer solutions for a consistently growing number of customers, who also hold this subject close to their hearts. The new bags of the HALFAR® stock range can be summarised into three categories as follows:

 

Re-growing and renewable materials

With the new COUNTRY and LOOM series, here at HALFAR®, we place emphasis on the re-growing raw material cotton and/or a cotton mix and show how versatile and fresh this material is when used. With a plus in sustainability thanks to organic cotton, our new re-usable bag – ORGANIC – scores; ideal for buying fruit and vegetables without using plastics. And, with the new PLANET series – made of “pre-recycled cotton” – we go one step further, as this cotton is derived from the cut-off remnants of bag production. For the CIRCLE range as well as for the drawstring bag CARE made of rPET, we also use a material that prevents waste and utilises existing resources: recycled PET bottles.

 

Durable, multifunctional and quick – thanks to new finishing processes

What lasts longer is used for longer. Also combining useful functions, it becomes a faithful and a sustainable companion in everyday life. The eight bags from the big new business range – FRAME – impress with their finish and high usage value. Apart from their durability, they are also fast, thanks to the award-winning finishing process – turbo finish HALFAR FAST LANE®. Equally new and particularly functional: the roller bag – HASHTAG as well as the notebook backpacks – EXPERT, TOP, LOFT and COMMUNITY.

 

Small and efficient bags

Minimalism and concentrating on what is essential contribute to the conservation of resources and therefore add to greater sustainability. With the TREND series, our HALFAR® range offers simple, reduced bags, which emphasise popular colours such as off-white, mint-green or antique pink. With the mono-strap backpacks – IMPULSE and HASHTAG – as well as the BodyBag – COMMUNITY – made of PV imitation leather, three small, smart bags for all pocket essentials are entering the market. As an addition, the uncomplicated FLOW series offers a CrossBag and a Thermo bag. Also, the two new bags from the tried and tested felt series – MODERNCLASSIC – certainly are a sign of the times: the felt cover for laptops and the organiser for the office relocation make New Work comfortable.

 

In all, we are pleased to present to you 40 new bags in six brand new series, as separate bags or as addition to existing bag families. By the way, all are PVC-free and available quickly from stock and around the clock in our online shop. Order your samples for review straight away and convince yourself.

You want to know more? Our colleagues in the sales teams are here to help you and will be happy to advise you. We look forward to continuing together with you on the path towards greater sustainability in 2020.

Turning old into new – Upcycling at HALFAR®

What actually happens to a truck tarpaulin which one has no further use for? At HALFAR®, we utilize it to create new bags. The German ZDF television crew that also produces the TV show WISO has filmed the way which an upcycled truck tarpaulin is undergoing. In the end, our sewing workers used the tarpaulin cuttings to make individual WISO backpacks of it. Just click at the picture below to see the full video.

 

Der WISO Rucksack von HALFAR®