It’s imperative on both furniture and build projects that waste is minimised. Our first action is an attempt to re-use whatever we can on each new design, layout, refurbishment or relocation project. Any surplus furniture is either re-homed or sold as part of that process by ourselves or our clients. Furniture or build fabric is then broken down into parts that can be recycled. All our sites have material-separated waste bins to make that process easier for our waste provider.
Reducing both transport and waste is No. 1 on our schedule. Identifying components or products that can be recycled in any way possible reduces cost, waste and lead times. We always encourage clients to store furniture for re-use in the future whether it’s growth or expansion into additional space. Clients then have products that can be used instantly, in turn reducing shipping of new products from around the world and lowering their carbon footprint.
Coupled with reduction, reuse is fundamental to achieving a sustainable workplace. Encouragement and leadership through clever design, together with client buy-in is paramount in the re-use process. Our first course of action involves reaching out to charities, followed by engaging the broader community, particularly when it comes to repurposing furniture and salvaged materials.
Inevitably, our design and build team, along with our furniture division, generates waste. This is an unavoidable result of needing to safeguard goods during transit and to prevent damage to newly installed products. Despite this, we strive to not only minimise waste but also to ensure that whatever is recyclable gets processed appropriately.
In fact, we segregate all waste, breaking it down to its core components such as non-recyclable materials, wood, cardboard, metal, glass, stone, plastic, etc. These materials are then dispatched to a local recycling business for processing, or sent to larger specialised recycling facilities across the country in order to re-manufacture them into new products. In this way, we ensure waste is converted back into new, usable products.
In essence, waste that isn’t suitable for recycling is primarily channelled towards waste-to-energy facilities, where it is transformed into a source of energy.
By employing this method for handling disposal needs, we strive to reach a goal of zero waste going to landfill. Nevertheless, we remain pragmatic, recognising the near impossibility of fully guaranteeing this due to the varying types of waste produced and the fact that not all materials can be recycled or burned.