Furniture holds a significant amount of embodied carbon, and its production contributes to the depletion of natural resources. Millions of items are sent for recycling each year when, instead, their use could be extended, reducing their overall carbon intensity through an extended lifespan. Further, many items are not able to be fully recycled and so there are elements of furniture that will end up in landfill causing additional environmental damage.
There is also considerable social and economic value lost when furniture is recycled rather than reused. For example, furniture poverty is an issue across the UK, but domestic applications can be found for many workplace items, as well as for charities, schools and social enterprises with limited spending budgets. In addition, the number of ‘green jobs’ that can be generated from increased segregation, furniture auditing, refurbishment and remanufacturing is considerable, and these jobs can be highly skilled and rewarding for those that do them, as well as contributing to our national economy.
JLL – sustainable clearance services managed the reuse of over 90% of the redundant assets, despite being during the Covid19 pandemic. This partnered approach delivered considerable savings all round.
City YMCA – the Renew Centre, combined with the Giving Back Project helped furnish this charity hostel for young homeless saving them thousands of pounds and delivering carbon savings.
CANVAS – Crown Workspace has been providing refurbished office furniture for over five years to Canvas, a company managing, renovating and furnishing office spaces in desirable areas of London. In 2020, Crown Workspace sold Canvas 93 items of furniture, diverting 3.09 tonnes from landfill and creating a carbon saving of 5.27 tonnes of CO2(e).
Barts and Skanska – On a monthly basis Crown Workspace refurbish furniture identified as waste from across the UKs largest NHS Trust and refurbish this back into reuse savings hundreds of thousands of pounds and considerable carbon savings.
Investec – Crown Workspace provided a full sustainable clearance of the client’s property collecting just under 2,000 items of seating, including 1,700 office chairs and various sofas and stools, which were refurbished and resold on behalf of Investec. This reused furniture represents a carbon saving of 134 tonnes.
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