Frequently Asked Questions

ENVIRONMENT

All our packaging is made principally of recycled/recyclable material, such as cardboard or tin plate. We generally do not use PVC for the manufacture of plastic cases, instead using mainly polypropylene (PP). This can simply be burnt in household waste/recycled without creating poisonous residues, and is groundwater-neutral when placed on rubbish disposal sites.

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STABILO limits the packaging used in transportation to what is absolutely necessary. At the same time, much of the packaging can be used by the retailer as a refillable presentation display. The individual pen packs can also often fulfill secondary purposes when used on an everyday basis, in the office or at school.

STABILO constantly conducts research into how things can be improved – reducing the thickness of packaging materials, for example, or the use of biologically degradable plastics.

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Yes, the use of these is hard to avoid. However, STABILO uses only the standard, harmless softeners used worldwide – and only in low doses that are absolutely necessary.

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No. Dangerous substances such as formaldehyde, benzene or trichloroethane are not used in STABILO products.

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Yes, because all writing instruments, except for pencils and colored pencils, have to contain some kind of solvent in order to dissolve the pigments or colorants. At STABILO, however, we use solvents made up of over 80% water and, in some inks, environmentally compatible alcohol (ethanol, n-propanol and n-butanol).

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It may surprise many, but a STABILO pencil contains absolutely no lead at all. The ‘lead’ is in fact made from graphite and clay.

In a number of STABILO pencils, the ‘lead’ doesn’t even extend to the end of the shaft, which in any case cannot be used for writing. In this way, we avoid the pointless waste of valuable raw materials such as graphite or colors. And one nice side effect for those who tend to chew their pencils: your tongue won’t get colored any more.

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The REACH chemical regulation – the most important info at a glance!

Chemicals are part of our daily life – in household cleaning products, babies’ nappies and plastics. Via the air we breathe, the food we eat or what we touch, we are in constant contact with chemicals. Since the end of 2008, “REACH”, the EU regulation on chemicals, provides for detailed consumer information on the harmlessness of materials. The name “REACH” stands for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals. This regulation creates a greater degree of transparency, as well as transferring a significantly higher degree of responsibility to Industry to ensure the safe use of its products. Between 2007 and 2018, manufacturers and importers are required to register step-by-step with the newly-founded European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki around 30,000 chemicals that have been available on the market for many years, along with their areas of application. This is ultimately a precautionary measure to ensure that only materials that cause no damage to human health and the environment are produced, circulated and used.

Are STABILO products subject to the REACH chemical regulation?

Yes!

  • STABILO products are subject to REACH, as we manufacture and sell products that involve the release of chemicals in a defined way.
  • Some raw materials are actually used in quantities below the REACH threshold of one ton per year, but STABILO will nevertheless only use registered chemicals from 2018 onwards.

Do STABILO products comply with REACH?
Yes!

  • Confirmation has been supplied by all raw material suppliers. As manufacturers they have carried out the pre-registered of the chemicals.

 

Is STABILO fulfilling its duties as a manufacturer and importer?
Yes!

  • STABILO has taken all the necessary measures as a manufacturer and importer.
  • As an importer, we have informed and continue to inform our suppliers outside the EU and have had pre-registration confirmed.
  • Where necessary, we have pre-registered the chemicals ourselves.
  • Regular product checks are carried out with regard to the chemicals in question.

Are safety information sheets required for STABILO products?
No!

  • No safety information sheets are required for writing instruments – only for chemicals and preparations.
  • STABILO product information is available.

 

Where can I receive information about substances causing allergic reactions and irritation?

  • In general, STABILO pens are safe and they do not contain toxic substances, nevertheless, they are NOT foodstuffs and they are not produced according to the food guidelines.

For German and English speaking consumers:

On suspicion of an allergic reaction or irritation we offer a free of charge information service of our partner, the Toxicological Department and Poison Emergency Centre of the Munich Clinic “Rechts der Isar”, Phone No .: +49 89-19240. This number is available 24/7. After naming the STABILO product name, you will obtain professional information there, available both in German and in English.

In respect of general and not life-threatening questions about allergic irritation, also the respective poison control centres in each country may be contacted:
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STABILO is committed to the responsible use of natural resources. Our aim is to minimise environmental pollution by using state-of-the-art technology and materials. A distinct line, the STABILO Green Range offers sustainable products for writing, coloring and highlighting, made from plastic or FSC®-certified wood.
FSC® – the Forest Stewardship Council – represents strictly controlled, ecologically sound and sustainable forestry.

Moreover, STABILO is a member of SOFEA (Sustainable Office European Association aisbl). It is a non-for-profit European association, represented by manufacturers and resellers active in the office supply industry. SOFEA provides an online assessment tool that implies a fair product evaluation of office products in a neutral and transparent manner. The mission is to encourage sustainability in the European industry for office supplies and to make product data more transparent so that end-users are able to make well-considered and sustainable purchasing decisions.

Click here for more information about SOFEA and the ratings.

Click here to find out which STABILO products were certified by SOFEA.

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STABILO rejects animal testing. Our products are not tested on animals.

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In selecting raw materials for STABILO products we set great store by quality, sustainability and environmental friendliness. No direct animal-derived raw materials such as meat, tallow, fat, etc. are used during the research, development and manufacture of STABILO products. Although renewable plant-derived materials are predominantly used, unfortunately we cannot as yet guarantee that these are exclusively vegan raw materials.

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Environmental protection is firmly anchored in the company’s principles. Since as long ago as the beginning of the 1990s, an environmental officer has been watching over how we maintain and optimize environmental protection. Savings have been achieved, for example, through improved furnace efficiency and insulation, new machine drives that use less electricity, or closed water cooling circuits. In addition, the heating system in Weißenburg has been converted to operate using gas, and equipped with a modern control and regulation system.

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Environmental protection is firmly anchored in the company’s principles. Since as long ago as the beginning of the 1990s, an environmental officer has been watching over how we maintain and optimize environmental protection. Savings have been achieved, for example, through improved furnace efficiency and insulation, new machine drives that use less electricity, or closed water cooling circuits. In addition, the heating system in Weißenburg has been converted to operate using gas, and equipped with a modern control and regulation system.

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STABILO was the first company in the wooden pencil industry to gain FSC® certification, in 1998. This means that we obtain a proportion of the wood used in pencil manufacture from socially responsible and environmentally aware forestry businesses. Like us, these firms are strictly monitored by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), an international organisation that promotes the environmentally sensible use of the forests.

In recent years, we have succeeded in convincing ever larger numbers of our timber suppliers to switch to FSC® production.

FSC® timber may be a little more expensive to buy, but year on year we increase our use of these environmentally more valuable woods.

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Except for a few special models, STABILO pens and colors are made using materials that can be thrown away in standard household waste without creating a problem.

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A STABILO pen is a quality product that will last for a very long time. In addition, many of the pens we make can be refilled. For the STABILO BOSS, for example, there are refill systems, or replacement leads for retracting pencils, rollerball and ballpoint pens.

Nevertheless, should a STABILO pen reach the end of its useful life, no problem is created: the pen components consist of environmentally neutral materials and can be added to the normal household waste.

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