We not only want to reach net-zero but we actually don’t see another solution. Lowering ones emissions can seem like an impossible task but even small measures can make a difference. Some things are even easy to implement and can have a high impact.
It’s the small things like saving energy, making sure the electricity you receive comes from green sources or switching to a rather plant-based diet. All this knowledge we gained from books, speeches, workshops, studies, exchange with experts and scientists and others that have decided to save this planet for us and future generations.
We believe that each and everyone of us is a Global Changer. We give our best to support everyone to advocate climate protection and act worldwide.
We align our work with Sustainable Development Goals 12 and 13: “Responsible consumption and production” and “Climate Action”. Based on economic data – this is what drives us daily.
For us as a start up in the sustainability sector it is especially important to keep our emissions as low as possible.
Our highest CO2e emissions result from our digital products and our work online. That is why we selected a green energy provider and regularly offset our emissions.
Our hosting provider Plantary Network is a Berlin based company with a TÜV- certified quality management system. All servers are located in Berlin and the provider as well as both data centers (Tempelhof and Spandau) run on green energy and are certified.
Our electricity is green and we installed LED lights in all of our rooms. We use connector strips to make sure to really switch off all lights at night and if someone left a light on anyway, all our lights switch off automatically at night.
Besides working online we try to be a paperless office. We forgo any kind of print outs, communicate via slack and save our documents digitally in the cloud. If it is necessary to mail something via post, recycled envelopes from old maps or reused carton are used.
In product development Figma and Miro (boards) are our go to software. Even though Miro boards are a great tool for digital collaboration, we have to admit we haven’t yet found a worthy substitute for post-its. What we do use for the collection of our ideas are re-writable foil posters and we use the back of scrap paper as scratch paper.
The whole team, including the management only uses public transport, bikes, cargo bikes and car sharing. We don’t own any company vehicles but have “Bahn Cards” to get around. We also like to support startups like Avocargo by using their cargo bikes frequently to transport furniture, to do our shopping or to drive all our stuff to a team event in the park.
Our office is solely equiped with second hand or upcycled furniture and we try our best to prevent buying new electronic products and use ours for as long as possible.
Recycling, separation of waste and conscious avoidance of packaging is self-evident for us as well as saving water with according devices. Our laundry is being washed with the eco programme, we only use eco-friendly detergent and our cleaning products are from Ecover, Frosch and Blaue Helden. In our bathroom we use the awesome Goldeimer toilet paper from Viva con Agua and upackaged soap made from natural materials.
Our coffee comes from the small roasting house Friedl close by (our favorite is Dark Blend). Cravings for chocolate and nuts are satisfied by Bon Vodoo and the in between refreshing fruits are regional and from the organic supermarket. Anything industrial is banned from the office.
We support the vegan lifestyle of our employees 100%. Who ever prefers animal products will have to get them for themselves. Why? Because a vegan diet saves the climate! If you eat 2 vegan meals a day and one meal with the animal products of your choice you will still have a better carbon footprint than a vegetarian. If you need tipps on how to switch to a vegan diet, ask us!
We had our tab water tested and got reasured that it has top quality. So we are saving packaging and don’t need to carry any water bottles. If we do want it sparkly we spice it up with our Sodastream.
Plant-based milk substitutes are the real deal for us! To avoid more packaging we went even further and now use the oat milk powder from Blue Farm. This way we save at least 10 packages per week and the froth is just barista like!
All our groceries are regional and bought in organic supermarkets. Actually we can’t really get around it because it seems like our office is right in the epicentre of organic supermarkets with Bio Company, Kutzner und Kutzner, Denns, Veganz and many more. From time to time someone even makes it all the way to Sir Plus but so far this is quite the ride…
Our company culture and communication is based on respect, diversity and openness. We value a sense of community, avoid unnecessary hierarchies and work together in an office area with flexible work spaces. In the future we plan on following more and more the economy of common goods matrix.
We work remotely whenever we want and try to conduct the mayority of our meetings with clients digitally as well to avoid business trips. If a trip to a client is necessary we use the train and public transport. We also prioritise to stay in hotels that aspire to be green and have sustainability certificates.
Sharing is caring… so we try to share wherever possible. Our beloved internal exchange is complemented by a bookshelf where everyone can offer their favourite books preferably related to sustainability, social topics, economy, ecology and so on. We also save plants from the garbage and give them a new home which in return beautifies our office and improves our air.
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