Motion sensors in rooms
not in constant use
Organic bistro
Roof planting
Insulation
Carbon-neutral printing
Geothermal energy
Company bikes
Green IT
Insect paradise and lavender field
Energy-efficient production machines
Green electricity
Low-energy house
Paper recycling in regional paper factory
Carbon-neutral postage of letters and parcels
100 percent recycled paper,
environmentally friendly office materials
Solar heat and overnight cooling
Mixed orchard
Production and storage area lighting
adapted to outside conditions
Plenty of daylight in the offices
Pond for insects, plants, amphibians,
birds, fish and staff (for relaxation)
Bushes and hedges
as a refuge for birds
Heat recovery facility

Mixed orchard

Our mixed orchard is situated behind our production building: big and small, young and old fruit trees of different varieties provide a habitat and food for bumble and honey bees, butterflies, birds, hares and sometimes even deer. The large meadow thus contributes to the biodiversity on our company grounds.

Low-energy house

In 2001, we constructed our company building in such a way that the energy that we use to heat our offices does not leave the building unutilised. This is ensured by excellent insulation of all walls, ceilings and windows.

Insect paradise and lavender field

We are not alone on our company grounds. Around our pond and above all in the lavender field bees, snails, grasshoppers and all kinds of butterfly feel at home.

Bushes and hedges as a refuge for birds

The numerous bushes and hedges around our company buildings are not there to protect us from espionage. They provide numerous species of bird with a sanctuary between moor and meadows.

Carbon-neutral postage of letters and parcels

We send all our parcels, packages and letters by Deutsche Post’s carbon-neutral ‘GoGreen’ service. Subscribers to our customer magazine also receive post from us four times a year sent in this way.

Paper recycling in regional paper factory

Our wastepaper and all cardboard packaging waste that we accumulate gets taken to a regional paper factory for recycling.

Heat recovery facility

Using our heat recovery facility, we draw double benefits from hot air: as we ventilate our production halls we utilise the outgoing air, drawing off, for instance, any heat created in the machines. It is precisely this heat that we use to warm up the new air before it is fed into the halls. In this way we ensure provision of fresh air and a consistently comfortable temperature.

Production and storage area lighting adapted to outside conditions

In order to save power in our logistics centre, the lighting is only ever switched on when we need it. And that happens all by itself: the switching on and off of the artificial light is controlled on the basis of northern Germany’s mercurial sunlight. Whenever sufficient sun is shining through the numerous skylights, the lights simply remain off.

Plenty of daylight in the offices

The large number of windows in our Lebensbaum offices is no coincidence: lots of daylight saves electricity. Quite apart from that, everyone’s mood is lifted whenever the sun is shining on their back.

Motion sensors in rooms not in constant use

In all our communal rooms, such as washrooms, the copier room and the storeroom as well, we use motion sensors: a good and simple aid to saving energy. Whenever there is no one in these rooms, the light remains off. And anyone with their hands full wanting to go into the rooms doesn’t have to first put everything down in order to feel for the switch in the dark.

Carbon-neutral printing

Since January 2011, all our printing has been carbon neutral. Be it letters, price lists or our customer magazine, we have an identification number for all printed materials. Using this number, it is possible to trace how much environmentally harmful gas was released in the production process – and which project we are supporting in order to compensate for this elsewhere.

Geothermal energy

Geothermal energy is the environmentally friendly means by which we have been controlling the temperature of our production building since 2009. Our geothermal energy facility utilises the temperatures prevailing at depths of 100 metres to heat our production building in the winter and to cool it down in the summer. It is one of the most high-capacity facilities of this kind in Lower Saxony and is operated using green electricity. Since the facility has been in use, our production operation has been running carbon-neutral.

Energy-efficient production machines

Our machinery is designed to assist us in producing and packing products of finest organic quality in an energy-efficient manner and for as long as possible. Simply throwing things away is not our policy at Lebensbaum. Our tea machines, for example, consume less than one kilowatt, thus not even as much as a standard domestic hair dryer.

Green IT

Efficient technology keeps electricity consumption as low as possible in all our offices. We use energy-efficient devices, which, when they have served their time with us, also get reused – by our employees at home. Should that not happen, they are broken up into their individual parts and sent for recycling.

100 percent recycled paper and environmentally friendly office materials

Our printed materials, including business stationery, customer magazines and staff newsletters, are made of recycled paper. Without exception, all our printed materials also carry the FSC label. For notepads, folders and ballpoint pens as well we look for the most environmentally friendly alternatives possible – and seek to utilise them for a long time, for example by using ball pen refills.

Green electricity

In 2002, we approached the local municipal utilities department to express our wish to be provided with electricity from regenerative sources. The resultant pilot project was a success. We have now been using this clean energy alternative for over ten years. In combination with our geothermal power facility installed in 2009, production at Lebensbaum runs today without having any impact on the environment. For our green electricity we pay a ring-fenced surcharge, which goes towards new regenerative power plants in the region.

Company bikes

We cover short distances, for instance the less than 400 metres between our logistics centre and production building, by bicycle. Three load-carrying bikes are very popular among the staff and get loaded with packets and small packages. From our Indian suppliers, however, that brings just a weary smile: they would transport a full day’s production of tea on these three bicycles. We admire such acrobatic accomplishments, but for safety at work reasons certainly don’t want to emulate our tea suppliers.

Insulation

So that our company building does not get too hot in summer and no heat is lost in winter, we use above-average insulation. Even back in 2001 during its construction, we fitted insulation that was way ahead of its time and still more than fulfils current insulation requirements. When undertaking subsequent building work in 2007 and 2009, we also fitted what for the standard of the time was outstanding insulation.

Roof planting

Our roof planting does more than just look good: as a result of the natural vegetation covering some of our roofs we have not only gained additional thermal insulation, but are in this way also utilising a further opportunity to create habitats for flora and fauna.

Organic bistro

At lunchtime our bistro is probably the most popular place at Lebensbaum. Freshly prepared organic dishes give staff energy for the rest of the working day. On one day of the week there is meat, on another fish. On three days of the week we live happily without any meat. The variety ranges from vegetable lasagne to baked potatoes with bell peppers and cabbage. Salads are always available. For all who live a vegan lifestyle, there’s vegan cooking. The same applies for any employee with a food intolerance, be it to gluten or lactose.

Pond for insects, plants, amphibians, birds, fish and staff (for relaxation)

Our ecotope at the edge of the bistro terrace is not only a wonderful backdrop of sight and sound for our staff. Numerous varieties of flora and fauna have also made this area their habitat and announce this at higher or lower levels of volume, varying by species and season.

Solar heat and overnight cooling

To manage the temperature of our logistics centre we make good use of nature, both for heating and for cooling. In order to cool our warehouse halls in the summer, we simply exchange the air at night: warm air out, cold air in.