Sustainable Office Furniture from Rype Office
Currently, one third of office furniture is sent to landfill. WRAP estimates that in 2012 this amounted to 75,000 tonnes in the UK, including 11,000 tonnes of office chairs and 19,000 tonnes of desks. Remaking furniture returns it to its original condition, continuing to use undamaged parts for the purpose that they were intended.
Avoided raw material mining reduces damage to biodiversity and preserves finite resources, avoided transport saves greenhouse gas emissions and avoided processing from virgin raw materials saves substantial energy and water.
Experts have quantified these benefits from remaking/remanufacturing as:
- 85% production energy use reduction (Giuntini & Gaudette, 2003)
- 80% materials saving (McKenna, 2012)
- >90% water saving (Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC))
- >80% reduction in emissions (ARTC)
We are happy to quantify these benefits for our customers to include in their sustainability reporting.
Because our remaking occurs here in the UK, skilled local jobs are created. The remaking process requires a range of skills and technical know-how to disassemble each item, assess the condition of each component and re-assemble the furniture to a high quality standard.
And because remaking involves both disassembly and re-assembly, it creates twice as many jobs as assembling from virgin materials.
The economics of remaking mean that these jobs must be local – transport costs to ship overseas and back again prohibit off-shoring of remanufacturing.
Remaking improves the national balance of payments – which means we are sending less of our country’s wealth overseas.
It also creates jobs, stimulating the national economy.
A further benefit is improved resource security so we rely less for our prosperity on the supply of raw materials and goods from other countries and are less exposed to commodity price rises in the future.
Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre, Singapore, website http://www.artc.a-star.edu.sg/about-artc/remanufacturing.aspx [accessed April 2014].
Giuntini, R., Gaudette, K. Remanufacturing: The next great opportunity for boosting US productivity, Business Horizons, Nov-Dec 2003, p. 44.
McKenna, R. President and CEO, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, Testimony before the International Trade Commission on: Remanufactured Goods: An Overview of the U.S. and Global Industries, Markets, and Trade, Investigation No. 332-525, Feb 2012.
Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), personal correspondence, 30 January 2015.