1 Jun

How Green is Your Furniture?

As you probably know, we’re big fans of recycling here at R & A Office Environments. For years now, we’ve been spreading the Green message and we have seen a steady increase in sales of used furniture. As everyone becomes increasingly aware of our impact on the environment, more and more of our customers realise that, not only are they saving money by buying used items, but they are doing their bit for the environment too. When someone no longer has a use for a completely good piece of furniture, there is no reason that it should wind up in a landfill so we really like the idea of putting such items to good use

However, we’re also aware that there’s a whole host of people out there who haven’t yet latched onto the idea of buying used rather than new.

So, if you still need convincing, here’s a quick recap on why we all need to do our bit;

Recycling Saves Trees

Although a large proportion of new furniture is made from wood from “sustainable” forests, world-wide de-forestation is still one of the biggest environmental concerns. Now we haven’t exactly worked out how many trees is takes to make a desk, but we do know that re-using existing office furniture can only serve to reduce deforestation and that’s a good enough reason for us.

Recycling reduces the use of toxic chemicals

When furniture is manufactured, there are usually a number of potentially toxic chemicals used in the process. Purchasing used furniture avoids the need for this and therefore reduces the impact of such toxins on the environment, particularly on the water supply.


Recycling reduces your Carbon Footprint

Buying recycled office furniture saves energy by removing the need for manufacture of new goods. This is turn reduces the amount of unhealthy greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, if furniture is being re-used, then less is sent for incineration and so helps reduce the amount of pollutants being released into the atmosphere. Additionally, a surprising amount of water is used in the manufacture of furniture and anything we should be doing everything we can to conserve this scarce resource.

Recycling Reduces Landfill

We live in a beautiful world, but it won’t stay that way if we constantly create new landscapes by committing more products to landfill. Every piece of office furniture we’re able to reuse means there’s less to be disposed of. This can only be a good thing.

We have a wide range of used furniture in our warehouse and it offers excellent value if you are a new business starting up, or an established business moving offices or expanding your workforce. The furniture we sell has typically only been used for a fraction of its intended life span and we ensure every item has been cleaned and tested for quality and safety.

So if you were thinking of buying new office furniture, perhaps think again and go for used. You’ll be investing in the planet at the same time and if you buy from us, we can promise you’ll be saving money without costing the earth.

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