We understand our environment as our surroundings, and we really like it. That is why we do our part to preserve and protect it. We are a Registered Socio-Economic Company for the same reason. Not because it is something special, but because we want to contribute as much as we can, and live up to our own standard. On this page, we describe our modest results as soberly and structured as possible.
Inclusiveness in numbers
It's a standing joke that those in Buddha Bikes who do not already have a diagnosis, they should probably get one. And there must be room for people like us.
The municipality calls some of us "vulnerable citizens" so we also use that term when we have to measure and communicate.
Status - updated March 2022
31% of employees & internships are officially "vulnerable".
Number of apprentices completing education: 4
We reserve our training capacity for apprentices who will have difficulty finding apprenticeships elsewhere.
The training for a bicycle mechanic typically takes 3-4 years and the quality of this depends 95% on the workplace and the apprentice himself. That is why we have developed an educational program.
It consists of monthly evaluations, ongoing learning goals, strict rules, options for both cash bonus and written warnings.
Collaboration with Team V
At Team V's initiative, we at Buddha Bikes have a collaboration to our great joy and meaningful activity for a bunch of wonderful people.
Consumers create waste. We then get this "waste" in Buddha Bikes, and most of it becomes quality recycled bikes. But a bit of this, is also waste for us. But that's not the case for Team V!
They have regular excursions (the whole bunch) to Buddha Bikes, where our bicycle scrap is collected. In their workshop it is sorted and separated. And some of it can even be used at their own bicycle workshop and donated to social purposes e.g. Sandholm camp bicycle workshop etc. These will be bicycle components that we can not offer proper warranty on (because they are TOO worn), but therefore it can still be used.
It gives the people at Team V a nice sorting activity with motorical training etc. and it creates a meaningful activity.
Team V is an employment offer under the Social Administration in the City of Copenhagen for adults with "reduced physical and mental functioning". Which is newspeak for being heavily disabled.
That is why it is fantastic that the offer exists, and we feel enriched that we are visited again and again by the wonderful people in Team v's care.
CO2 emission is quickly complex to calculate if all factors are to be taken into account. Especially if you want to be honest, and avoid picturing people something false.
In 2022, we expect to put 1,100 recycling bikes on the streets. The total supply of recycled bicycles has thus increased by 1100. Recycled bikes are only available to a limited extent, as opposed to imported assembly line bikes that come in endless supply, as you can simply import a more.
So it is fairly safe to say that we have prevented the sale of 1100 NEW bikes. Our bikes cost an average of 25 kg C02 to repair. a new assembly line bicycle, incl. transport and packaging, costs 225 kg CO2
Has Buddha Bikes thus saved the globe 220 tonnes of CO2, corresponding to approx. 13 average Danes' annual consumption?
Maybe. We cannot prove it. But we intend to repair 1100 bicycles, each costing 25 kg of CO2. We cannot deny that.
Judge for yourself.