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#GlassRepurpose Competition

Glass with a new image and use


In September, in the context of the BIO 26 and in cooperation with the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Steklarna Hrastnik organised the #GlassRepurpose competition on the social networks. The competition aimed to awaken ideas on how to reuse glass products. We received more than 70 submissions. The members of the expert committee, Matevž Čelik Vidmar – MAO, Erika Oblak – Ecologists without Borders, and Mateja Š. Dimic – Steklarna Hrastnik, chose the three best proposals.


The competition aimed to point out and raise awareness about greater environmental protection and sustainable actions. We searched for original and exceptional ideas with a market potential – especially ideas that include the use of greater quantities of used glass. Steklarna Hrastnik would like its products to be more than just shards that are remelted into new bottles once their original use comes to an end. We wished to emphasise that used products can get a completely new applicable value. An important aspect of the received ideas was the fact that their realisation would not require additional strains on the environment or additional energy consumption.


The committee chose the three best ideas as follows:


FIRST PLACE: Katja Keseric Markovič for her proposal Setting up a platform for waste trading, which represents a step towards a circular economy. My waste is someone else’s raw material. Reasoning: The idea of setting up a platform for the trading and sorting of waste/used glass is original and unusual. It goes beyond conventional thought and the search for solutions. The platform ensures that waste glass does not become waste but someone else’s raw material. The committee finds that in order for any of the received ideas to be realised, waste glass products would have to be sorted, which would require a system and this platform represents the answer to that question. As the idea for the solution represents both a tool for and a solution to the set challenge and is a prerequisite condition for the reuse of larger quantities of discarded glass, the expert committee unanimously chose it as the winner.


SECOND PLACE: Nejc Juritsch for his proposal Pieces of glass + concrete = transparent wall. Reasoning: The idea of using waste glass in building/concrete constructions enables various effects (the transparency of walls) or its use as a construction material instead of sand. This is a field where larger quantities of waste materials could be used without additional energy consumption or pollution.


THIRD PLACE: Špela Muhič for her proposal Fragments of larger quantities of glass filling the space between large glass surfaces. Reasoning: The use of fragmented waste glass (shards) as filling material for various furniture items and partition walls enables the use of larger quantities of waste materials. The implementation does not put additional strain on the environment and does not require additional energy for processing.


The author of the best idea as chosen by the committee will receive a financial prize of EUR 1,000 and all three authors are invited to visit Steklarna Hrastnik for a tour of the company and production facilities. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all participants. We are pleased with the high number of received ideas, which shows that care for the environment is an important topic and glass a very welcome material for creativity – either new or used, it has countless possibilities for recycling. As such, it meets the highest standards of ecological materials.

 

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TOP finalists of the 2019 HR&M Conference

The Steklarna Hrastnik attractive employer project has not gone unnoticed by HR experts.


Our project entitled WORKING TOGETHER FOR NEW STORIES, which was intended to place Steklarna Hrastnik among the attractive employers, has been selected as a TOP finalist! Ivan Papič, the Director of Human Resources and General Affairs, talked about the project at yesterday’s 2019 HR&M Conference in Ljubljana. His presentation, which did not fail to impress the audience, was followed by the award ceremony.  


We are proud to have been recognised as one of the two TOP finalists among the large companies and to have received an award for our efforts. The project demonstrates that we are taking the right steps, doing good work, offering a lot and thinking creatively. We have shown how we take care of the dedication, motivation, satisfaction, well-being and health of our employees. Our main priority is personal and career development.


Our warmest congratulations to the other award recipients – they all share a dedication to development and to a better future.

 

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We are looking to build a partnership with our employees

An HR strategy, education programmes, coaching as an effective tool for personal and professional development, and empowered employees ready to tackle future challenges that Industry 4.0 will create in the working environment (which is constantly evolving and demanding new technologies, new competences and new knowledge) – these were the topics discussed by Ivan Papič, HR Director at Steklarna Hrastnik, on Radio Slovenija. To listen to this interesting conversation, click HERE.

A Glass Trophy from Steklarna Hrastnik for the Most Prestigious Award in the Perfume Industry

Steklarna Hrastnik is setting new milestones and strengthening its position in the perfume industry. This is proven by the agreement on long-term cooperation with The Fragrance Foundation France, for which Steklarna Hrastnik manufactured the trophy for the most prestigious award in the perfume industry, the FiFi award. Steklarna Hrastnik designed the trophy, a totem perfume bottle, in cooperation with Sylvie de France and Quadpack. The trophy is made from sustainable materials; glass, wood, and organic cotton, and reflects excellence of design, manufacturing, and environmental responsibility.


The FiFi award recognises exceptional achievements in the perfume industry which were presented to the market in the previous year, and which stand out for fragrance, packaging, and communication. As the award honours excellence and innovation in the perfume industry, the Foundation wants this to be reflected in its trophy, which also needs to be sustainable. The choice of glass and wood as sustainable materials was logical, while it was a challenge to realise the idea to use the transparency of glass to show that fragrances bring light to our lives. Another challenge was the upgrade, i.e. to make a trophy whose transparency will reflect the idea that fragrance brings light, says Steklarna Hrastnik.

 

The trophy, which shows reliefs of perfume bottles, is the result of cutting-edge technology and the knowledge of the glassmakers from Hrastnik. It is distinguished by exceptional optics, purity of glass, and a detailed imprint of perfume bottles.  

 

Sustainable materials communicate environmental responsibility

 

“Steklarna Hrastnik is thrilled by the trust that The Fragrance Foundation France has placed in us with its choice. “We accepted this challenge with great responsibility and pleasure, and an amazing product was made in cooperation with Sylvie de France,” said Peter Čas, General Manager of Steklarna Hrastnik, at the conclusion of this complex project. Steklarna Hrastnik uses state-of-the-art, automated, and environmentally friendly technology, ensuring the high quality of products and lowering environmental impacts, thus creating a story of a sustainable company.

 

The manufacturing of the totem perfume bottle is one more proof that Steklarna Hrastnik is capable of realising the most technically complex projects in a rather short time, both boutique batches and large orders. “With its products, responsiveness, high-quality production, expertise, use of diverse techniques, and its attitude towards creating in glass, Steklarna Hrastnik has shown why it is a trustworthy partner. I will gladly recommend it to other partners,” said designer Sylvie de France, about her cooperation with Steklarna Hrastnik.

 

For Steklarna Hrastnik, this project is an important milestone from the viewpoint of future business partnerships in the prestigious fragrance industry, as it will carry its name across the globe. The Fragrance Foundation is active in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Great Britain, and FiFi winners include brands such as Chanel, Kenzo, Hermes, Chloe, Givenchy, and Gucci.

 

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Signing a letter of intent for business and development cooperation between the Secondary School of Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Media and Steklarna Hrastnik

Collaborative partnerships between companies and schools help society to grow. This is crucial for facing new challenges brought about by new opportunities and issues in the labour market. With that in mind, Steklarna Hrastnik has entered into a business and development partnership with the Celje School Centre, where we plan to undertake research and development, collaborate on projects, and enable practical training, as well as the transfer of skills and knowledge.

We look forward to the challenges ahead, as we firmly believe that the best results can only be reached through working together and making it possible for young people to get a solid start in the labour market.

 

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In November 2011, Steklarna Hrastnik  was proud to receive the basic Family Friendly Company Certificate.

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