Scandinavian Business

Taking Business in Scandinavia was one of the best decisions I could have made.  The experience I gained and the business visits have been a priceless adventure.   As the trip comes to an end and I look at the many companies we visited, I have decided to give an award to one special company.  The one that left the biggest impression on me.

And the Award Goes to…Orbital Systems

Orbital Systems wins the award for Most Interesting New Company!  Our visit with Orbital Systems was comforting.  Being able to see a business on the peak of design, development, and innovation is a wonderful experience.

Orbital Systems has created a solution for our environment.  They have developed a closed loop shower, with a re-purification technology to recirculate 5-10 liters of clean hot water at the ideal temperature, pressure and flow rate.  The shower is made of a shower head, housing panel, control wheel, handheld nozzle and a filter bay.  The filter makes sure you receive the cleanest water you can shower in, regardless of how long you shower. It purifies water from all unwanted particles, including viruses, bacteria and 99.9% of all toxins, metals, and oils.

As a commercial or residential user you have the ability to view your inputs; water cost, energy cost, shower length, daily shower count, and preferred temperature.  In addition, to inputs you can see your savings on water (in liters/year), energy, and a total cost savings.  This is ground breaking technology, the first time I have seem something of this magnitude.

Walking around the office you see the drive in a staff full of men and women who share a vision and know that their contribution to the company’s success are equally important.

Orbital systems was not the first, nor the last company we visited, but it was definitely the most impressive in my eyes.  The company has found a clean, green way to take showers.  Just one step closer to bringing the mission of Mars to Earth.


Baking Sweetness into Scandinavia

‘Baking with History’

This is the motto of Sweden’s oldest large-scale bakery, Pagen, in business since 1878. It was started in by a husband and wife team, who baked their bread and sold in the Tallgatan in Malmo. Anders Pahlsson who was a carpenter before becoming a baker; he was given an ultimatum to choose between carpentry or baking. Anders chose baking. With the help of his wife, Matilda, he build the company that is still in his family.


At Pagen HQ and baking. 

Pagen bakes breads, cookies, and pastries and ships them to the Scandinavian countries. Their name is known Sweden but it was not until 1950s when the bakery start to ship to the rest of Europe. One of the most popular item that is ship internationally is ‘Gifflar‘ Cinnamon pastries. The sweet cinnamon bread is so popular that it is a featured item in local US Ikea. The delicious snack is synonymous with Sweden and when a consumer is eating the snack; they will think of Sweden.

Baking with the Environment

Pagen is proud to produce delicious breads, cookies, and pastries. In addition to the quality baked goods, the company works hard in keeping their method green and sustainable. The company uses local farmers for raw materials and baking ingredients,  this helps reduce the carbon foot print from sourcing out of the country. The two bakeries are upgrading to help reduce the carbon emissions; creating a cleaner and leaner manufacturing process. The bakeries can proudly say they have reduced emission by 15% in 2016! If you look into the company’s website, you will find creative ways to use the ends of the breads. Pagen advises their consumers to ‘make breadcrumbs, use it in your cooking, toast the bread, feed the birds, or Make Swedish toast’ from the ends. Pagen promotes a zero waste initiative.

Sweet Scandinavia

With Pagen goodie bags

Pagen clearly is an extraordinary example of Sweden’s high standards and teamwork mentality.  Every step used to produce their goods is heart-warming.  I will have to admit that I have a huge sweet tooth; visiting a bakery whose goal is to produce high quality baked good and socially responsible was an ideal ‘treat’!

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