25 Nov 2021

Creating a sustainable workplace with modern technology

The term “sustainability” as we know it today was coined just over three decades ago, laying an intensifying pressure for society to adopt more sustainable practices. That pressure has built over the years, moving companies to rise to the challenge.

With the UN Climate Change Conference 2021, many companies are rethinking their sustainability goals. With a summer full of floods and fires, countries are taking climate change more seriously. Before long, new governmental ideals and mandates will be implemented, affecting businesses across UN nations.

In fact, many of today’s leading tech companies are pursuing remarkable sustainability goals. For instance, Apple Inc. has already reached “carbon neutral” and aims to reduce its entire carbon footprint to zero by 2030 — eight years from now. And it is not the only one. 

We, at Joan, have been building innovative and sustainable solutions for more than a decade, starting the environmentally-friendly practices way before the latest wave of greenwashing. We’ve always been in it for the long haul and it shows across all our processes and innovations. 

How Joan became carbon-neutral and the most sustainable workplace device on the market

Joan is a strong advocate for sustainable practices and offers the perfect devices to support our aims - low-powered, ePaper meeting room management systems. We’ve staked our entire company, entire product line, on supporting a sustainable office display alternative.

Unlike other tech companies that have had to change direction midway and veer toward sustainability, Joan started off right with sustainability in mind. Here’s how:

Low energy consumption. Out of all digital displays, ePaper is incredibly sustainable using 99 percent less energy than LCD screens. In fact, Joan can run for a year on the power required to make a cup of coffee.

The base model, Joan 6, for example, can last up to three months on a single charge. This display includes touchscreen and Wi-Fi capabilities: pretty impressive for a small display that lasts months before needing a recharge.

However, in 2021 we pushed our innovation even further by releasing the Joan 6 Pro. The pro comes with all the same great features as the baseline model but with a sleeker design and longer battery life of a whopping six months. This long-lived battery has a 0 carbon footprint, considering it requires so little power to use.

Recycled or recyclable materials. Each Joan display is made with some of the most recyclable materials on the planet: glass and aluminum. These two resources are long-lived, as they can be recycled over and over again. Each display is designed to leave a virtually traceless, carbon-neutral footprint.

Built to last. Replacing products every year or two is not sustainable. Joan devices last at least 5 years and boast a failure rate of only 0.63% – the lowest in the industry.

Sustainable packaging. Joan takes packaging seriously. Every device is bundled efficiently in recycled pulp-based, mono-material, and plastic-free packaging. Rather than a chip bag that’s half full and twice the size it needs to be, every Joan device is nested in just enough packaging to keep the device safe during transport. 

Environmental restoration. In today’s age, it’s impossible to manufacture products while producing no carbon emissions. Therefore, finding alternate ways to remove CO2 from our environment is key to producing a “zero” carbon footprint.

Joan plants one tree for every device sold

One of the most prevalent goals for the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 is “protecting and restoring habitats” — a goal Joan is ready to support. Not only does protecting and restoring habitats help save ecosystems but reduces the CO2 in the atmosphere to boot.

Starting in 2021, for each and every Joan device sold, Joan will plant one tree. 

Joan is planting trees in Indonesia where deforestation is a prevalent problem. In the last 50 years, more than 74 million hectares of Indonesia's rainforest have been lost due to logging, wildfires, and unsustainable agriculture techniques. 

Moreover, Indonesia is consistently ranked in the top 3 countries in the world for the highest rate of deforestation, at times overtaking Brazil, as it is destroying the biodiversity of the region. 

To address the problem, Joan will plant mangroves through the project Treecelet Neutral Footprint. Moreover, Joan offers affordable products that are growing more sustainable by the day — literally. 

With one tree planted per device sold, Joan is taking strides toward having a carbon-neutral footprint. To learn more, check out Joan’s sustainability goals.