When Christoph Rochna’s girlfriend said that she wanted mismatched, flea market chairs for their dining room table, he knew that it would take time to find the perfect furniture. So, the designer from Germany decided to create a temporary product.

Rochna explained to business and technology blog Entrepreneur that he took corrugated cardboard from IKEA packaging and fashioned a set of chairs that lasted for six months. If that simple idea could work, he thought, maybe there was something more that could come from it.

With help from former colleagues Mario Bauer and Benjamin Kwitek, Rochna founded Papernomad, which makes biodegradable sleeves for mobile electronic devices. While the original plan had been to create biodegradable furniture – for outdoor events – Rochna told the news source that he got the idea to make cases for mobile devices because the current ones last so much longer than the product.

According to Rochna, it’s important for Papernomad to stay true to its sustainability roots. The production is done entirely in Europe, rather than overseas mass-production. All packaging is made from 100 percent recyclable paper and cardboard and printed with nontoxic inks.

“Compromising the things we believe in would mean betraying ourselves and the people who buy our products,” Rochna told the news source.

Using lamination equipment to stay sustainable

The push to “go green” and stay eco-friendly has increased over the last few years. Companies who want to save money and keep their environmental footprint small can invest in quality laminating equipment. This will allow important documents to be protected and be able to withstand multiple handlings along with reducing the amount of copies printed.

Furthermore, professional binding equipment will hold papers together in an orderly fashion, decreasing the likelihood of lost pages. When documents stay in place, they do not need to be reprinted, which will cut down on superfluous prints.