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Sustainable Furniture Features for Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is an age old custom that can benefit office operations by removing old papers, cleaning electronics and making a room a little bit greener, cleaner and more sustainable.

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Spring cleaning around the office is  in the air -- and furniture is a great place to start going green in the workplace.

Furniture recyclers and refurbishers represent more than $1.2 billion of the $13.6 billion in the US commercial furniture industry. The used furniture boom indicates that companies are catching on to the inherent benefits of buying used.

Opting for gently used furniture saves money and helps keep perfectly good products out of landfills.

"Green" means high performance with low impact.  If you prefer to buy new furniture, consider these high performance features in the furniture you buy:

Sustainable materials: Consider the material source, manufacturing and finishes of the materials that go into that new chair. With wood furniture, choose products that are sourced from sustainably managed forests like FSC-certified from the Forest Stewardship Council.

Durability: If you are buying new, buy for the long term. Nothing says unsustainable like a new product that becomes trash in a few years. While buying higher quality furniture requires a larger initial investment, the longer it lasts the bigger your return.

Good Corporate Practices: The company you are buying from should at least have an eye on sustainability.

GreenerAssets brings you advice on greener workplaces.


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 1/1/2010
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