Did you know every year, an estimated 3 million pieces of office furniture end up in UK landfills? This contributes significantly to environmental pollution and drives additional resource use.
So what can manufacturers do to improve their carbon footprint and reduce wastage? And what about consumers, how can we make better eco-friendly purchases?
Our blog explores the importance of purchasing sustainable furniture, and an insight at what just one of our partner manufacturers has introduced in steps toward a positive circular economy.
What does sustainable furniture mean?
Sustainable furniture in simple terms means furniture with a minimal negative impact on the environment. Made from renewable or recycled materials, they contain minimal chemicals, protecting both our planet and the well-being of our communities.
The importance of procuring sustainable furniture
The collective actions regarding sustainability and circular economies are becoming increasingly important, and that’s why we’re committed to working with manufacturers that are preserving materials and helping to reshape a sustainable future for all.
When it comes to office furniture, sustainable options are a great way to make a difference for eco-conscious businesses. Not only will it help reduce waste and carbon emissions, but furniture is now being built to be more durable, flexible, and with a longer-lasting life cycle.
By investing in sustainable office furniture from the offset, consumers can feel positive about their purchase knowing that they are supporting eco-friendly practices and reducing their carbon footprint.
What is Sustainable Office Furniture Re-made?
Re-made is an initiative from our partner manufacturer Orangebox, The Smartworking Company. This revolutionary process from Orangebox was initiated to support closed-loop cycles and gives office furniture a second lease of life.
Select ranges of Orangebox furniture purchased from us here at COI including the Do Better Task Chair and a range of soft seating are specified with the initiative that long-term, our clients can reduce their carbon impact by making the most of the resources they already own, instead of purchasing 100% new.
The process couldn’t be simpler, once the furniture purchased through COI has reached the end of its useful life cycle, let us know! We can discuss alternative materials and upholstery, arrange for a quotation, and organise a collection to revitalise your furniture all under the Orangebox Re-made scheme.
Summary of sustainable office furniture Re-made benefits:
- Promote closed-loop cycles of materials used in the manufacturer.
- Dematerialisation and product development.
- Reviewed product designs for disassembly.
- A 5-year structural warranty is provided on all revitalised products.
- Consumers can revitalise existing furniture at the end of useful life cycles.
- Procurement savings for consumers.
- Increased social value for consumers.
- Reduced consumer carbon footprint/impact.
Get in touch
If you’re looking to invest in environmentally friendly office furniture and be a part of the movement towards a more sustainable future, please get in touch. As office furniture dealers, we have access to a wide selection of manufacturers, including a range of eco-friendly workspace ranges including desking, seating, storage, and soft furnishings.
Last Updated on September 6, 2023