Are you aware that office furniture is a recyclable product? Instead of sending your used Ethospace cubicles and workstations to landfills, have them refurbished or remanufactured and get many more years of use out of them. Or purchase pre-owned office furniture to earn LEED certification for your business.
Most office furniture has a useful life of over 20 years; however, on average, 1.5 million tons of office furniture goes into a landfill every year because the owners don’t know what else to do with it. The consequences are that some of the materials (upholstery, plastics) disintegrate and leach toxic chemicals into the air and groundwater.
Furniture dealers, such as EthoSource, specialize in refurbished Herman Miller Ethospace cubicles and chairs. They can transform your old furniture with new fabrics, new finishes and new accent tiles, and arrange them in new layouts and configurations. EthoSource also offers refurbished desks, chair, cubicles and workstations at reduced prices to businesses interested in saving money and the environment.
We’re not talking about scratched and dented junk here. Refurbished furniture has been thoroughly inspected, repaired wherever necessary, cleaned to make sure that all the mechanisms are functioning properly, reassembled and refinished until it is hard to distinguish from new furniture. It’s also possible to choose new colors, fabrics and finishes.
The refurbishing process achieves the best of both worlds: the high-end look and functionality you have in mind for your office space and the prices that fit into your budget.
Refurbished office furniture can look as good as new (or better), but what about cost? You will be pleased to know that buying recycled furniture is an excellent cost-cutting opportunity, with savings of 30% to 50% off the cost of new furniture. And, if you supply your own furniture for refurbishing, the savings can be even greater.
You won’t have to pay waste disposal fees or labor costs for moving your old furniture into storage. There may also be depreciation advantages to extending the life of your existing furniture instead of incurring an additional capital expenditure. Recycling also sends the message that conservation and waste reduction is an important corporate goal for your company.
Recycling glass, paper, aluminum cans and other products are an everyday practice in homes and offices today. But buying recycled and remanufactured office furniture can help the environment in a variety of important ways:
- Remanufacturing conserves energy and natural resources because fewer raw materials are used.
- Recycling furniture extends the life of resources already in circulation, such as wood, aluminum, steel, plastics and fiber, using them to the fullest extent possible. For each pound of natural resources used to remanufacture furniture, an estimated 5 to 9 pounds are conserved.
- The EPA has estimated that approximately 3 million tons of office furniture and furnishings are discarded each year, mainly because the fabrics have faded or worn out. By replacing them, the furniture can be returned to the market.
- It takes 85% to 95% less labor and energy to remanufacture office furniture than to manufacture new products.
- Recycling reduces the pollution caused by the manufacturing process. Reducing carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds also reduces global warming, photochemical smog and other forms of air pollution.
- The annual energy savings resulting from remanufacturing activities worldwide is 120 trillion BTUs. This equals the electricity generated by eight nuclear power plants, or 16 million barrels of crude oil (about 350 tankers).
If you’ve been struggling with the cost of new furniture, consider the benefits of buying used Ethospace to keep both the environment and your bank account healthy.