Tips for more sustainability in the office
Renting instead of buying and promoting sustainability
At Lendis, we want to fundamentally change the way companies furnish their offices. With our Office-as-a-Service approach, we are more than just an office furniture rental company.
Sustainability has played a central role for us from the very beginning. We are convinced that our rental model is not only advantageous for our customers in many ways, but can also contribute significantly to climate protection. Furniture and other office equipment that is no longer needed is not disposed of at the end of the rental period. Instead, all products are recycled to a high standard and can then be rented out again. In this way, we ensure a gradual change from a linear to a circular economy and a significant reduction in the resources used and CO2 emissions released.
Sustainable office furniture and technology
However, reusing office furniture and technology that has already been used is only the first step towards more climate neutrality. Because in addition to production, CO2 emissions also occur in other areas. In the area of office equipment, inbound and outbound logistics as well as the use of furniture, laptops or smartphones are responsible for large amounts of greenhouse gas.
But Lendis also wants to contribute to climate protection here. For this reason, we compensate for all emissions caused by Lendis products. How do we do this? By supporting various climate protection projects around the world. In India, for example, we support the feeding of renewable energies into the power grid. In Cambodia, remaining rainforests, which are known to store large amounts of CO2, are being protected.
What does this mean for our customers? Companies that rent their office equipment with Lendis receive sustainable and climate-neutral office furniture and technology. In this way, they are already making a significant contribution to the protection of our environment when furnishing their workspaces.
Tips for more sustainability in the office
There are also numerous other ways to ensure more sustainability in the office in everyday life.
Drink coffee and do good
Coffee and office work - they simply belong together. However, the consumption of coffee also produces vast amounts of packaging material. The frequently used capsules alone cause an estimated 40,000 tonnes of waste every year. And their production is also resource-intensive and therefore anything but environmentally friendly.
The solution to the problem: practical fully automatic coffee machines that process fresh beans into aromatic coffee. At the same time, this also saves costs, because the beans are significantly cheaper than coffee capsules. If you also want to avoid the high purchase costs for professional machines, you can take advantage of the rental offer from Lendis.
"Sharing is caring" - people like to share with their colleagues
Working in an open-plan office also has its advantages. Sharing printers, coffee machines or other equipment with your colleagues is very advantageous, also in terms of sustainability. To counteract an uncomfortable atmosphere caused by the increased noise level of the IT equipment, it is best to use acoustic solutions. They insulate effectively and allow you to continue working in a relaxed atmosphere.
Use devices that can multitask
Supposedly, it's a myth that we humans can multitask. It's good that we can programme software and devices to work for us. But what does that have to do with sustainability? It's simple: instead of buying lots of different devices, it's worth investing in a multifunctional device. All-in-one" products combine a printer, scanner and copier in one - which saves resources.
Separate properly, without the pain of separation
Germans have been diligently and not so diligently separating their waste since 1991, because this is even compulsory in private households. Place three to four different bins in your office for residual waste, waste paper, recyclables and maybe even organic waste. Perhaps you should also place easy-to-understand explanations on the bins so that no one separates waste incorrectly and possibly gets annoyed by agitated colleagues. According to a survey by ZEIT ONLINE, the error rate when separating waste is 35 per cent.
Be enlightened with a clear conscience
It is well known that LED lamps are the perfect way to save electricity and costs in office lighting. Although they cost a little more to buy than normal halogen bulbs, they have a longer battery life and are much more sustainable for our environment. They also manage to produce a lot of brightness with little power consumption:
According to tests, a halogen lamp achieves an average of 10 lumens (brightness) per watt, while an LED lamp (e.g. Osram) even manages 146 lumens per watt. Converted to the same amount of light, LED lamps achieve a cost saving of up to 90 percent! So you can be illuminated with a clear conscience. But you shouldn't overdo it either: In general, lights are left on far too often in rooms such as the toilet or the hallway. Although you can regularly draw attention to this, it is more sustainable to sensitise the light sources using sensors so that they switch on and off automatically.
Without paper planes through everyday working life
Technology dominates our everyday lives and this has its advantages. Avoid permanently printing out emails and other documents. It is usually sufficient to save them digitally. Printed paper that you don't really have a use for can still be used (if it's not sensitive information). Place an empty box in the office where printed documents that are no longer used can be stored. They now serve a new purpose as notes.
It only takes a few steps to make your office more sustainable. Wait and see, the changes will not only have a positive impact on costs, but also increase the respectability of your company - and all for the sake of the environment!