German hemp cooperative Hanffaser Uckermark eG has been named recipient of a €50,000 award from the Hans Raab Environmental Award Foundation.
The bi-annual prize honors firms which demonstrate environmentally conscious practices in their businesses. It is handed out as an incentive for future work, with the aim of protecting the environment and human health in a sustainable way, according to Foundation guidelines. The Raab prize also promotes and supports the recycling of environmentally friendly products in the global market.
Founded in 1997 as one of the first German hemp companies of modern times, Hanffaser Uckermark e.G. runs a decortication line for the processing of hemp-straw, emphasizing high environmental standards.
During the hemp processing, strict attention is paid to the avoidance of waste and the fullest possible utilization of the raw material, hemp-straw, said Marijn Roersch van der Hoogte of Hanffaser. No additives or binders are added to the products, fully guaranteeing their natural character, he added.
Hans Raab was an environmentalist, inventor and businessman who founded the Ha-Ra company. He promoted “life in harmony with nature,” a philosophy that recognized the connection between economic actions, social responsibility and responsible use of natural resources.