If you’ve considered purchasing a stand-up desk for yourself or your company and have been put off by the price, you’re going to want to sit down for this.
Oristand, a new company from Hootsuite founder and CEO Ryan Holmes, promises to “democratize the stand-up desk” by offering a functional, affordable and even recyclable model for just $25. A quick web search of traditional hand-cranked or automatic models shows the price is usually hundreds of dollars above that.
“Many companies want to provide stand-up desks as an option to enhance the work environment and promote the overall health and well-being of employees, however cost is a big barrier,” Holmes said in a news release. “The investment is simply not feasible for many small-to-medium sized businesses. We wanted to create a product that would solve this problem for both companies and employees.”
What’s even better is that you, or that person in your office who always gets stuck putting furniture together, won’t have to lift a wrench to set up the Ori. Made of industrial-weight cardboard, the unit sits atop a traditional desk and can be put to use in under 10 seconds, a news release boasts. When not in use, the stand is easily collapsible and storable.
“I’ve personally found great benefits from having the flexibility to stand or sit while working, and don’t believe a stand-up desk should be a luxury,” Holmes said. “Our intention with Oristand is to make it accessible to anyone wanting a flexible work station.”
Indeed, the Oristand website smartly promotes the wave of recent articles which point to sitting as the new smoking when it comes to health hazards.
“Sitting is killing you,” Time magazine says. But, finally, “there is a stand-up desk that is good for your back, your wallet and our planet,” Oristand counters.