Purchasing office furniture can be a significant investment for any business. However, have you ever considered the long-term environmental consequences and sustainability of your furniture purchases? This is where closed circle purchasing comes into play. It is a procurement process that not only greatly benefits your business but also the environment.
What is closed-circle purchasing?
Closed-circle purchasing is also known as a circular economy. Put simply, it is a process in which products are creatively designed to be reused. This includes being repaired or recycled instead of being thrown away at the end of their useful life cycle.
This process emphasises the longevity of products, whilst conserving natural resources, and reducing waste, particularly by avoiding landfills.
Closed circle purchasing is the opposite of a linear economy, where products are made, used, and then disposed of when they are no longer needed or have any use. A good illustration of this is choosing furniture that is made from materials that have been used in other products. An example of this is choosing seating and screen fabrics made from recycled marine plastic pollution. Find out more about eco friendly fabrics here.
Why is closed-circle purchasing important?
Traditional procurement processes rely heavily on natural resources to produce new products using energy, water, and non-renewable resources, creating excess waste and pollution. In contrast, closed-circle purchasing reduces the environmental impact associated with the manufacturing of new products. This is done by reducing disposal and landfill costs, as products are designed to be reused or recycled.
But what are the real benefits of closed-circle purchasing for your business when it comes to office furniture?
By choosing closed-circle office furniture, not only will it reduce the environmental impact on your business but will also signal that you prioritise sustainability and an eco-friendly culture. This approach provides greater longevity for sustainable products and will also reduce the administration’s need to source replacements which can be costly and time-consuming sourcing suitable replacements.
How to buy closed-circle office furniture
Closed-circle purchasing can be the smartest and most sustainable choice for your budget and the environment. To implement this procurement method, you need to partner with trusted suppliers like us here at Combined Office Interiors (COI) who will prioritise sustainability and offer a range of closed-circle products to suit your business’s needs.
Being office furniture dealers, we have the opportunity to offer a diverse selection of environmentally friendly products from well-known UK manufacturers. By embracing our manufacturer partners’ principles, we can present a range of sustainable solutions that align with our values and provide our clients with environmentally conscious furniture options.
Benefits of a circular economy include:
- reducing environmental impact,
- lowering costs,
- and promoting employee health and productivity.
At COI, we offer consultancy services to help our clients source the best-value office furniture that meets their individual needs. Our approach doesn’t just focus on the circular economy it also focuses on our philosophy to “Maintain – Repair – Reuse,” which ensures we reduce waste and take active steps to prevent furniture from ending up in landfills.
If you’re thinking about refurbishing your workspace, it doesn’t always mean everything has to be brand-spanking new. We can complete an onsite audit and assess your existing furniture pieces and make environmentally friendly recommendations. We can incorporate existing and new furniture into our designs, creating a functional, stylish, cost-efficient, and climate-friendly workspace.
In summary, if you would like to discuss closed-circle procurement and learn more about our manufacturing partner’s eco policies, get in touch. We’d be delighted to guide you through our environmentally friendly ranges and help your business move towards a sustainable future.
Last Updated on November 23, 2023