Have less. Throw less away. Share more.
Switzerland is anything but a good role model when it comes to producing waste. That has to change! And there is considerable potential for greater sustainability in the way we use our workspaces and office infrastructure in particular. So it is high time that it was exploited.
League leaders for waste instead of zero waste?
We Swiss produce huge amounts of waste – in fact, around six million tonnes of household waste each year. That is a considerable quantity. It equates to 716 kilograms per person, to be precise – from the «classic» forms of rubbish and kitchen waste to used glass, scrap paper and electrical waste. This makes us clearly above-average among the EU countries. Zero waste? We are a still a long way from achieving that, although the movement is growing slowly but surely.
No longer fits the bill? Throw it away!
Surveys show that we are also anything but restrained when it comes to disposing of items of furniture. Year after year, up to one million tonnes of furniture are thrown away and burned in Switzerland. And in many cases this is done long before the products are actually past it. In terms of office furniture in particular, numerous desks and chairs frequently end up among the bulk refuse. This may happen, for example, as a result of a company relocating, restructuring or adopting new working models. After all, the infrastructure needs to perfectly match the company’s new space and its latest needs.
Buy furniture sustainably? With vision.
If we want to protect our environment properly, we must generally be a great deal more considerate in the way we use our resources. This takes a rethink and calls for action at various levels. The good news is that there are many different ways of changing our consumption and disposal habits and doing something for a more sustainable future – also in relation to our office furniture. For instance, there are already plenty of office furniture manufacturers who consistently use recycled materials in their products or obtain their wood from socially and environmentally compatible forest management sources. Equally as important are acquisitions that are made with vision. It goes without saying that our working world is permanently changing – and at an ever faster pace. Yet if businesses actively anticipate potential changes and opt for items of furniture that are multifunctional and flexibly adapt to their users, then they are making a sensible investment. This significantly increases the chances of the furniture being perfectly suitable not only in the medium term, but also in the longer term.
Use shared office space – share resources!
Modern shared offices and co-working spaces also help to ensure that resources are used more sustainably. In simple terms, the entire infrastructure – from the coffee machine to the screen and office desk – is shared and does not have to be purchased by each party. If there is a change in the company’s staffing requirements or order situation, it also means that nothing has to be thrown away or purchased at short notice. The business simply rents the desks and the items of furniture that are needed at the time. And when they are no longer needed, they can be used and appreciated just as flexibly by the next user. What’s more, many shared offices are particularly committed to sorting waste, using water dispensers instead of PET bottles and installing equipment with low power consumption. Small steps that make a big difference.
Spoom makes a difference.
Why buy office furniture when you can share it? Why use unnecesary resources when there is another way? How? With Spoom, for example. Here you rent precisely the office space you need – fully furnished so that you can get to work right away. The high-quality infrastructure – from the espresso lounge to the meeting room – is simply shared with your office neighbours. And if your plans change in the future? Then simply move on. Thanks to attractive prices and flexible terms starting at just one month, you can remain completely flexible. That is how sustainable and adaptable an office space can be these days. So, see you Spoom!