The ecochair.ch association was founded with the objective of reducing the social and environmental impact of primary production (forestry, mining, oil and gas extraction), processing and manufacturing, by reducing consumer demand for new furniture, in turn reducing the demand for resources needed to manufacture it.
Basically, we're trying to save the planet and slow climate change.
No small task. However, we believe that as individuals we need to urgently make changes in our day to day lives, to reduce our impact. The easier it is to make the 'right' low-impact choices, the more people make them.
We think ecochair.ch provides a triple win, where you the consumer benefit by improved access to great furniture, local businesses benefit from your patronage, and your impact on the planet is reduced, which is good for all of us.
We have a legal form of an association ('verein' in German). We are a non-profit organisation, which means we have no shareholders, and the revenues from any commercial activities are used to sustain the operations, to extend our impact, and in some cases, may be donated to charities or civil society organisations whose projects or activities are aligned with our objectives.
At its core, the ecochair.ch verein strives to have a positive impact: our work is about promoting reuse and repair more widely, which are key tenents of the circular economy (that is, an economic system aimed at minimising waste and making the most of resources). For us, that means in addition to selling second-hand furniture ourselves, we also sell on behalf of others, promote local businesses, actively seek win-win partnerships and educate the public about the options available to them.
As an organisation, we also believe in bringing a sense of meaning and mission in the workplace, while balancing this with personal life.
The day to day work is done by the operations team, who share a passion for meaningful work - whether it's trying to save the planet, the satisfaction of solving a problem, or simply doing work that we're good at and proud of.
Interested in joining the team? Get in touch - we're especially interested in creating opportunities for those of you who have recently arrived in Switzerland. At the moment we can't offer paid positions, but it's a good way to keep your skills sharp and work on an important topic.
Read more about our association and how to become a member here >>