The Sustainable Brand

koziol is the sustainable brand. And has been for 95 years. Sustainability has always been and remains a core value of the brand – since the company was founded, it has been manufacturing exclusively at its headquarters in Erbach in the Odenwald forest.

Since 2021, the company has been operating in a climate-neutral manner, and since the beginning of 2022, it has been processing predominantly bio-based and recycled plastics.

The state-of-the-art machinery enables energy-efficient and environmentally friendly in-house production, all materials and products are certified, and all processes are continuously monitored and regularly audited. The koziol team is made up of the best engineers, specialists, and designers from all over the world.

With our great expertise, we are unique on the market. We help our customers operate more sustainably and stand for unique, award-winning products, responsible use of resources and environmentally friendly production.

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koziol products are climate neutral

For 2023 we can proudly guarantee that our products are CO₂ neutral. We will achieve 70% of this neutrality by saving CO₂ emissions through our own measures. 30% we compensate through intelligent reforestation of existing forests with new, climate-resilient tree species and the maintenance of the current existence. Our climate compensation preserves a forest area of 32 ha or the equivalent of 19,193 trees.

These trees are already fully grown and thus bind a maximum of CO₂. In addition, these original areas provide protection for many endangered animal and plant species, thus making a valuable contribution to biodiversity.

We regularly undergo a comprehensive sustainability audit in the areas of ecology, economy and social competence in accordance with the Code of Practice B/17-400780. With the Analysis and Audit Report No. 50202332, we received the 2023 Seal of Approval for Assured Sustainability from the German Institute for Sustainability and Economics in Münster.


koziol has been manufacturing products since its founding in 1927 exclusively in Erbach/Odenwald in Germany. Design, development, construction, mold making, manufacturing, shipping and administration all under one roof.

koziol and its philosophy of manufacturing exclusively in Germany represent a responsible, future-oriented corporate strategy and design with a good conscience. Made in Germany was and remains an essential part of koziol’s successful philosophy. Made in Germany was and remains an essential part of koziol’s successful philosophy.

koziol has been producing exclusively with green energy since January 1, 2013, saving around 1,276 tonnes of CO² annually. German raw material suppliers are preferred and manufacturing under one roof rule out long transport routes. For the logistics of finished goods, koziol cooperates with a worldwide partner company who shares its strict sustainability principles.

Plastics are sustainable

Is it possible to buy plastic today with a good conscience?

It is. You even have to, if you want to be live responsibly and happily. Plastic is the modern material. It has undeniably made our lives easier, more democratic and more hygienic. Without plastic there would be no cars, no airplanes, no mobile phones, no computers, no modern medicine, no prosthetics, no pacemakers, no intensive care units, no science… plastic is the material of the 21st century.

Worldwide, there is no material that is just good or just bad and certainly not just sustainable. Even natural materials aren’t always the best choice – just think: monoculture, pesticides, high water consumption. With each new product development, the most sustainable material for the use of this product has to be chosen and utilized economically.

It’s about time to rethink, show more appreciation and a more differentiated consideration to different materials. Because not all plastics are alike.

koziol has always relied on pure materials without additives and on pigments free of harmful substances.

The Material

koziol focuses exclusively on thermoplastics, which are 100% recyclable. Thermoplastics are the most environmentally friendly materials on the market. Not only are they food- and dishwasher-safe, production is also done without any harmful additives like formaldehyde or softeners.

In the production process of thermoplastics, 90% less energy is used compared to the production of glass, ceramics or aluminum. Due to its resource-saving production, plastic is currently the most ecologically and economically reasonable material on the market.

It is of course no surprise that on many occasions koziol has received scores of “very good” from the German consumer magazine ÖKOTEST.

Plastic is too valuable to just throw out. This is why koziol manufactures long-lasting and genius products, for which no other material would be suited.


Nature inside. This innovative material development consists of biocircular plastic and wood fibers.

The circular thermoplastics are obtained from disposed sunflower and rapeseed oil from industry and gastronomy. The oils are collected and converted in a special recycling process. This is the first time that these materials have been put sensibly to further use; previously, they could only be thermally recycled. Moreover, no additional “new” resources are required.

The added wood fibers are obtained from trees that are left over from forest maintenance and paper production waste. All wood comes from Europe and is FSC®-certified (FSC-C159458).

The material is free of melamine and bamboo, of course food-safe and fully recyclable.

Design & Function

Already in the design phase, great attention is being paid to sustainability – focus lies on the longevity of the products. And not only because of their unique combination of function and emotion, products made from thermoplastics are used year after year, thus proving their ecological advantage.

koziol never makes one-time use products, but rather companions for life. koziol products are robust, lightweight, unbreakable, ergonomic, and suitable especially for children and seniors thanks to their easy handling.

Thermoplastics are virtually unbreakable and lightweight, demonstrating a huge advantage over materials like ceramics, glass or metal!

Resource conservation is also considered in the design phase: Construction in one-piece, optimized wall thickness, and short cycle times allow for efficient and energy-saving manufacturing.

Social Responsibility

No man is an island in today’s world. That’s why koziol energetically supports local communities and regions.

For over 15 years, the company has been funding a grant at the Odenwald Music Academy, enabling talented students to live and learn for a whole academic year.

koziol is also active in the fields of art and arts sponsorship, and supports club activities and projects in schools and kindergartens.