The trend for swapping out furniture at regular intervals is causing difficulties. Witness the current number of adverts for sofa and bed retailers; and the ‘disposable furniture’ mind set has extended from households to the commercial sector.
A lot of furniture waste is currently disposed of to landfill or otherwise destroyed – yet the vast majority of it can be used by others in its current form and/or re-generated into new furniture and other useful objects.
VisionRe helps all sectors and all sizes of organisations to recycle furniture, either among their own offices and branches or selling/donating it to other organisations. We manage chairs, desks, pedestals, sofas, tables – plus electrical and electronic items.
We also work with household furniture retailers which operate take-back schemes.
When Essex County Council reviewed its office spaces to allow for more flexible working, it identified the need to swap out a large proportion of its office furniture. However, we had an alternative solution. Instead, we co-ordinated the transformation of much of the old furniture into high quality alternatives for the new-style spaces.
As an example, we converted redundant desk pedestals into to new lockers, that initiative alone saving an estimated £400,000 over three years.
Any remaining furniture we diverted to other organisations which could use it for many years to come.*
*This includes our own offices – all our furniture is ‘pre-owned’ (but you’d never guess)!
Approximately 1,100kgs of CO2 emissions were avoided and nothing went to landfill.