Garden Trade International bvba

Deense Wijersstraat 6
3740 Munsterbilzen

België


T 0032 89 51 03 60
F 0032 89 51 03 65


E info@giardino-online.com


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History

John Lips founded his company BELGARDEN on 6 September 1990. On 30 April 1992, the name changed to GARDEN TRADE INTERNATIONAL BVBA.

Edwin Lips, the Managing Director today, joined the company as an employee on 15 August 1995.

John’s experience, the success with which father and son worked together and hard work all contributed to healthy growth each year. The product range and customer base also expanded each year.

The first 1600 m² warehouse on the current site was built at the end of 1997 and the administration offices were accommodated in containers.

In 1998, Edwin took over from his father as Managing Director. However, John continued working for the company, focusing on sales and new product development.

John is now enjoying his well-earned retirement.

The GIARDINO own brand was born and has since grown into a household name in consumer gardening, especially because of its excellent value for money. GARDEN TRADE INTERNATIONAL BVBA therefore rightly deserves its position as market leader in Belgium.

As a result of the growth, which led to more material needing to be stored and a steadily growing workforce, the business outgrew the container-based offices and the 1600 m² warehouse and in August 2004, the administrative staff moved to an office building and the second warehouse, 3700 m² in size, was opened at the beginning of 2005.

A third, and for now last, warehouse was added in 2010.

25 years on, the company has covered storage space of 11,000 m² and today’s 23-member Giardino team generates a turnover of EUR 12 million from sales within Belgium, to 8 other European countries and a number of countries outside Europe.

Giardino Team

Edwin Lips


Managing Director

Buyer - Export



Jelle van Outheusden


Sales Representative

Flanders & The Netherlands

+32 (0)497 41 50 37


Gaëtan Lequeu


Responsable Commercial

France

+32 (0)499 53 77 40


Michel Troilo


Délégué Wallonie

Luxembourg

+32 (0)495 10 85 95



Emmanuel Pesa


Customer Service


Lydia Garcia


Office Manager


Dominik Wils


Logistic Manager



Anja Kowalczyk


Bookkeeping


Carmen Kowalczyk


Assistant Buyer


Kristine Nuyens


Graphics



Warehouse


Roy, Necmeddin, Björn, Cédric, Filip, Marcel, Raf, Steven, Claudio, Philip, Dimitri, Tim



Giardino goes green

Environmental protection is a fundamental aim and we take our responsibility seriously. That is why we have chosen to use green energy for the production of our products and packaging and, being conscious of our energy consumption, we have moved to a digital version of our catalogue and documentation to replace paper versions.

In short, in every process in our business and that of the companies that manufacture for us, we are constantly looking at how we can act with more awareness of the environment and, in so doing, reduce our ecological footprint.

 

Green energy 

Solar panels were installed on our warehouses in 2010, which means we avoid considerable volumes of CO2 emissions every year. We have also chosen an energy supplier that undertakes to supply us with electricity that has, as far as possible, been generated by natural elements, such as solar and wind energy.

Furthermore, with effect from the end of 2015, Giardino will use energy-efficient LED lighting in its warehouses, made by TriLED.

 

Product

More sustainable developments start with working on sustainable products.

Giardino always strives to optimise its production process and to reduce the number of steps in that production process. That automatically reduces our CO2 emissions and we avoid unnecessary waste of raw materials.

 

Of course, the service life of a product is key. The service life of plastic coated Giardino products is longer than for galvanized products without plastic. Giardino has been investing for years in the factory that coats such products for us. The result of this investment is that only “green” coatings are used (without harmful or toxic components such as lead and cadmium). The state-of-the-art filter systems also ensure that emissions of vapours and gases are 100% compliant with prescribed environmental requirements.

Furthermore, almost all our products can be recycled, which results in fewer waste materials.

 

Production

All our steel products are produced from recycled material. The steel comes from steel processes that use recycled raw materials. This results in steel components containing between 15% and 80% recycled material, depending on the product.

 

Paper consumption

Think before you print! This is Giardino’s motto and when it is necessary to print, of course we only use FSC paper.

We also use electronic documentation as far as possible, we keep our packaging to a minimum and we are members of VAL-I-PAC, Grüner Punkt etc.

 

Working environment

Giardino provides a stimulating working environment for all its employees.

In order to support their professional and personal development, we offer them education, training and courses every year as well as refresher courses if they want.

Extra effort is made to create a safe working environment with the goal of achieving an accident-free workplace, including by appointing an internal safety co-ordinator and by means of an annual plan, with the intention of being one of the top 50% of Belgian companies. 

 

Other initiatives

Giardino’s vehicle fleet has registered CO2 emissions.

Giardino encourages its staff to cycle to work, to car-share, to buy hybrid or electric cars and in future will install charging points on its site.

Charities

In 2009 we started consciously supporting charities and each year our employees are given the opportunity to choose a good cause.

  1. Each year, every employee is allowed to donate an amount of € 250 to a charity (based on the poverty line in 2009, as specified by the World Bank of $ 1 per day, given the then $ exchange rate).

  2. A good cause is chosen by the employee, with the only provision that it must be outside the Western world and preferably support children or be for the purpose of educating the local population.

 

In the meantime, we support the following charities:

  • Doctors without Borders;

  • Cunina (where so far we have adopted several children and provide them with an education);

  • Unicef;

  • Cordaid Micro Credit;

  • Mobile School;

  • Red Cross;

  • Jua Children’s Home Foundation;

  • Plan Belgium;

  • SOS Children’s Villages.

 

Currently the World Bank indicates the poverty line at $ 1.25 per day, so for 2015 we can increase the amount from € 250 per employee to € 400 (naturally this always depends on the $/€ exchange rate).

 

Giving feels good! Every year this is borne out by our Giardino team.

 

In addition, every year our employees reconsider their annual good cause, which means they make a conscious choice which increases a sense of involvement from our employees and management alike.

 

A small effort for us, but a gesture with a huge impact on the people in the world who can make good use of our commitment and who greatly appreciate it.