Why go eco?
Office furniture is a great place to start making environmentally and socially responsible decisions in the office. Desks, shelves, chairs and most office furniture can be manufactured from non-renewable or unsustainably sourced materials, manufactured in an irresponsible manner or may even be manufactured with toxic materials that could harm you and those around you in the office. Old furniture may also be ergonomically unsuitable and due an upgrade, so with a range of environmentally-friendly products on the market, why not choose green furniture?
Herman Miller have made a name for themselves by designing comfortable furniture for the workplace, but their environmental record is similarly outstanding. They have married functional design with the highest standards of recyclability, significant reductions in packaging, and minimal waste in the production process. Their aims to achieve zero waste and a 50% reduction in energy reduction are ambitious in any industry, and are figures that ensure your products are backed by sustainably manufacturing. The facilities the company operates out of are also backed by sustainable energy and directly support the nature around them. There are, of course, several other manufacturers and suppliers for eco-friendly chairs that will suit a variety of budgets, so make sure to shop around and choose what suits your business!
Whilst there are many reputable providers for sustainable office furniture, Orangebox have taken a transparent and commendable approach to sustainability, using FSC certified and recycled materials. Orangebox also strive to use local suppliers as much as possible, 70% of which are in the UK, and as close to them as possible in the Welsh countryside. The company has also had significant focus on waste and the ‘end-of-life’ aspect of their products. When it comes to waste, their recycling schemes cover every aspect of production, and their ‘end-of-life’ approach for products is also admirable, either re-using or recycling products as much as possible. While Orangebox have a very special approach, there are other manufacturers that can satisfy your needs to be a green office.
Whilst many providers offer a range of environmentally friendly tables and chairs, it is many other aspects of an office that can have negative impacts on the environment. Consider your suppliers for the general day-to-day items your office may use. If these are not available in eco-friendly ways, then carbon-offsetting could also be a worthwhile consideration, as it can be a fantastic way to reduce the environmental impact of your office activities. While choosing green furniture is a great start, it is only a part of the bigger picture when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint. If you have any more questions regarding this, please do get in touch via our contact page.