Consumption & Waste

A concept of "sustainable consumption, maximising the value of incoming resources and minimising environmentally relevant emissions" was developed and students were involved through seminars.

The university has a waste management system, sustainable consumption (including Fairtrade University, sustainable catering), sustainable procurement and sustainable event management, and thus many processes that promote sustainable consumption and avoid waste. Many student initiatives are also committed to sustainable consumption and less waste.



The procurement guidelines of Leuphana University of Lüneburg include sustainable criteria. According to these, only products should be procured that have been manufactured in an environmentally friendly or resource-saving manner and that cause hardly any environmental impact during use or disposal. This includes in particular products and materials that have been manufactured from residual materials or waste, as well as durable, repair-friendly, recyclable or easily disposable products.


  • Central offer for sustainable office supplies since the beginning of 2017
  • 100 percent recycled paper since the beginning of 2017
  • In the merchandising shop, the products are arranged according to sustainable aspects


The campus can be an "in-between space" for different things. It is a place, a shelf, a space or time between different uses or users:


Used furniture is initially used and repaired at the university for as long as possible. Gradually, the furniture from the original equipment in particular is discarded. This discarded furniture is to be given a second life and can be used by students and employees of the university free of charge. In this way, the old and discarded furniture is given a second life.

Office supplies

The Student Services Department receives a lot of homework and documents in plastic sleeves, and old folders and many other things accumulate when employees move or leave the university. This used office material is given a second life through the interspace and can be taken away by students and employees.

Book exchange shelf

The book exchange shelf is located on the ground floor in front of C10.013 (in the anteroom opposite the lift). Here you can put books in or take them out.


The bee colonies for Leuphana honey are located in the biotope garden. The honey can be bought in the shop or in Studio 21.


For a sustainable use of resources, objects and materials at Leuphana are first avoided as far as possible, then sustainably procured, recycled and reused.

Recycling of the following fractions:

  • Waste paper and cardboard
  • Green waste
  • Packaging and "yellow sack
  • Electrical and computer waste
  • Printer and toner cartridges
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Mobile phones
  • Corks
  • Stamps
  • Old and empty pens are 100% recycled and made into new products. In addition, 2 cents per pen is donated to a student initiative.

Waste guide for university members on the intranet: Where to put your waste?

The data can be found in the environmental statements.


Examples of student engagement:

Tiny House Initiative LüneburgTogether we have realised a TinyHouse on campus. We have been working on minimalist living and using space in a way that works for us, turning the small into the big.
Zwiebel"Die Zwiebel" is a swap room at the "Rotes Feld" campus for swapping and giving away items that are no longer used. The idea is to give and take from each other - very uncomplicated.
EnactusENtrepreneurial - ACTion - US. With social commitment and a unique team spirit, we want to improve the world in small entrepreneurial ways: E.g. with the 2nd page blocks and the furniture home.
KornKonnektion (KoKo)KoKo is a regional buying group at the Campus Rotes Feld for organically grown food. Many products come directly from the producers. In this way, we avoid a huge structure of consumption, advertising, price pressure and save a lot of packaging.
Edible CampusEdible Campus is a community garden project in Leuphana's biotope garden. Vegetables, fruit and herbs are grown here.
HexenstichDo you want to sew but don't have a sewing machine? Would you like to knit a hat but not be alone? At Hexenstich we make something new out of something old, with a trained seamstress at our side.
Cradle to CradleCradle to Cradle is an alternative sustainability concept that is not about doing without and being less bad, but which offers a way for us humans to be good for the earth.
KonRadKonRad offers students the opportunity to repair and overhaul their bicycles in a well-equipped workshop, alone or with expert help. In addition, spare parts for bicycles can be purchased and bicycles and trailers can be rented.


"Sustainable consumption" and "Sustainable waste management" on campus is regular content in seminars. For example, in the transdisciplinary project seminars, students are encouraged and supported to identify problems and their own research interests in this subject area and to develop an independent question from this. The campus becomes a real laboratory for the students.