Samen Maier GmbH was founded in 1967 in Ried im Innkreis by Mr. Franz Maier and taken over by Mr. Johann Huber in 2001. Five years later, the company decided to move to Taiskirchen im Innkreis with the aim of establishing a new, CO2-neutral business location. As a family company with 30 employees, we were awarded the Climate Alliance operation in 2008. At the beginning of 2015, Mag. Johann Huber handed over his business to his son Mag. Johannes Huber.
Samen Maier has been offering a diverse range of flower and vegetable seeds, flower bulbs, onion sets and lawn seeds for all garden enthusiasts for generations.
We are committed to the principle of sustainability out of conviction.
Find out more about our beliefs here (German)!
Climate alliance and climate:active business
CO2-neutral operating location
Solar and wood chips
Photovoltaics and certified green electricity
only seed-resistant varieties
no chemical-synthetic sprays
no mineral fertilizers
close cooperation with local herb gardeners and seed propagators
Elimination of long transport routes
no intermediate storage in cold stores
Wildflowers from Upper Austria
Electric car with its own electric filling station
Natural gas cars (less CO2 emissions, no soot and fine dust)
targeted selection of logistics partners according to their environmental measures
Energy efficiency training
We set a clear signal for environmental protection by opting for a careful handling of nature and its resources. As a company with 30 employees, we were awarded the title of Climate Alliance company in 2008. Learn more about us here!
Sustainable management in harmony with nature also requires social commitment.
We have been supporting aid projects in Austria and around the world for years.
We currently support the following projects:
FAB Association for the Promotion of Work and Employment: www.fab.at
VOLKSHILFE AUSTRIA: www.volkshilfe.at
NUMEROUS PRIVATE INITIATIVES
We also support the sale of socially sustainable Solar Jar.
The Solar Jar is made by hand in a socially sustainable way in South Africa.
How it works: The principle of this solar lamp is simple and ingenious: the Sonnenglas® stores energy during the day using solar cells, which it then emits again at night in the form of light. This method of light production is sustainable, is an easy way to live environmentally conscious and is just fun. More information about the product can be found here.
Environmental protection and sustainability are very important to us. As a climate alliance and climate:active company, we have implemented many environmentally friendly measures: from an environmentally friendly power and energy supply for our company to a logistics concept that has been awarded by the Ministry of Food – it helps us to protect our environment. As a company with 30 employees, we were awarded the Climate Alliance company in 2008.
The first step
Four locations in Ried im Innkreis that are harmful to the climate and energy were the reason for the complete relocation of operations to Taiskirchen im Innkreis in 2006 with the aim of establishing a new, CO2-neutral operating location.
The following measures were taken in the area of ecological sustainability:
The existing wood chip heating was overhauled and reactivated. The material required for this comes from the farmers in the region.
The existing oil heating was removed and replaced by a solar system with 20,000 liters of buffer storage.
Since February 2007 our company has been using green electricity from 100% renewable energy.
Award for the Climate Alliance operation in December 2008
In November 2009 we started up a 10,000 kWh photovoltaic system, and another 20,000 kWh system went into operation in April 2013.
The vision of “electricity self-sufficiency”, namely to produce the required 70,000 kWh yourself, lives.
By renting two external warehouses, switching to natural gas cars for the field staff and by specifically selecting our logistics partners according to their environmental standards, we are making a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions.
From 2019, we will switch to an environmentally friendly and sustainable grass paper solution for the packaging material for organic seeds and lawn seeds. This measure deliberately dispenses with plastic as packaging material in the company.
Award for competence in climate protection in October 2009 (climate:active)
The sustainability debate is seen in our company as a permanent process and not as a cost factor.