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© Abenteuerspielplatz Eimsbüttel-Nord, Hamburg

A new life for our old furniture

BDAE has been sorting through its furniture. And in the spirit of sustainability, the BDAE team has decided to donate two sofas to charity instead of getting rid of them.

BDAE's offices have been undergoing a major facelift for some time now. While the company offers attractive work-from-home options, it's just as important to make Altona's communal areas comfortable and varied. As part of the refurbishment, the team also had to part with old furniture, such as the sofas in the meeting rooms. But rather than throwing out the old sofas, BDAE opted for a more sustainable approach by redistributing them locally.

In June, two employees from the Eimsbüttel-Nord adventure playground collected the sofas from the Altona offices and took them to their new home. Abenteuerspielplatz Eimsbüttel-Nord is a non-profit centre for children and young people aged 6 to 16.

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Under the guidance of professional educators, children are able to experience a wide range of nature-related activities, something that is not a matter of course in a large metropolis like Hamburg. On the playground, they can climb, light a campfire, build huts, and let off steam. Inside, they can play table tennis, table football, and cook. The basic rule is that the space belongs to the children. That's why they can design it and take part in decision-making.

The BDAE team is delighted that the furniture has found a new home. It's important to support non-profit organisations, as they often don't have the means to buy furniture. They often depend on donations and are grateful when an opportunity arises. For more information on the adventure playground, visit

This article is from the 3/2023 issue of the magazine "Life Abroad".

The magazine is published four times a year free of charge with many informative articles on foreign topics.

It is published by the BDAE, the expert for protection abroad.