Go Green with Upcycled Office Furniture.

Go Green with Upcycled Office Furniture.

Climate change is one of the most important environmental issues and concerns facing modern society: temperatures are rising, glaciers are melting, rainfall patterns are changing, the global mean sea level is rising. There is strong evidence that human activities, such as burning of fossil fuels (coal, gas and oil), deforestation and emissions from manufacturing processes are the main causes of climate change.

In order to address the causes of climate change, governments around the world have agreed on targets for the reduction of harmful greenhouse gas emissions. A number of greenhouse gases impact the environment negatively, and the most significant of these is the carbon dioxide (CO2) - the greenhouse gas most commonly produced by human activities, responsible for 64% of man-made global warming.

The furniture manufacturing industry is of a substantial size and, similar to many other manufacturing industries, generates carbon emissions. Therefore, there is great scope for the industry to assess and reduce its carbon impact.

One of the main trends in office furniture production concerns ergonomics and functionality: producing chairs, designed to move with the body, allowing people to naturally shift their position when seated for long periods or chairs that enable permanent contact between the back and backrest. In terms of materials used, there is a trend away from the use of wood in office furniture production towards plastic and metal.

The typical office task chair’s final product carbon footprint is due mainly to the use of two materials - metal and plastic, which account for about 70% of the total footprint. For a task chair, the greatest variation is within the key construction materials, i.e. metal and plastic. The largest variation between footprints is due to the metal content. Many task chairs have a predominantly plastic construction, with minimal metal content restricted to the gas lift cylinder and seat reclining mechanism. However, some modern design products often use metal components as a style feature. Significant reductions of the carbon footprint can be achieved by minimising the metal content, followed by plastic and then other materials.

The frequent replacement of office furniture contributes to the increased production of solid waste. In addition to growing waste volumes that are expensive to handle, concerns about chemical inputs in furniture production are raised. These environmental challenges call for a more efficient use of office furniture, which could significantly reduce waste volume as well as the quantity of hazardous raw materials used for furniture production.

One solution to the carbon impact of office furniture manufacturing, is buying upcycled office furniture. Upcycling helps minimise the effects of the manufacturing process and reduces the amount of waste that is dumped in landfills.

2ndhnd.com is the biggest used office furniture retailer in the UK supplying top quality, branded second-hand office furniture at prices that are a fraction of the new cost. When you make the decision to purchase a restored piece of second-hand office furniture from 2ndhnd.com, you become part of the global solution to the world's crises rather than part of the problem. 

 

References

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313677641
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