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Sustainably excellent – uma wins German Design Award 2024

Redaktion PSI Journal

Published on 10.01.2024

The family-run company uma Schreibgeräte Ullmann GmbH from Fischerbach in the Black Forest has been distinguished with the renowned German Design Award 2024 in the Excellent Product Design – Eco Design category for its uma RECYCLED PET PEN PRO ocean. The uma OCEAN writing instrument series is fully produced in Europe, 100% climate neutrally.

A partnership with Plastic Bank is behind the concept. Along the coastline and in estuaries, Plastic Bank collects plastic waste which has been either washed up or left behind on beaches. The particularity is that not only is plastic pollution reduced, but members of the collecting community are given a chance of a better life through appropriate remuneration.

Besides the climate protection aspect, the uma RECYCLED PET PEN PRO ocean thereby also stimulates social sustainability.

“The award affirms our concept of not only investing in writing instrument design, but also convincing in terms of material use and processing. The uma OCEAN writing instrument series thus represents timeless design with a sustainable effect at multiple levels at once,” reports uma CE0 Alexander Ullmann. For more information see:

Picture: © uma Schreibgeräte Ullmann GmbH