OUR GREEN INITIATIVE
On average, 1,502,000 tons of commercial office furniture goes into a landfill every year.
155 pounds per square foot is the solid material waste from a gutted office space.
It’s MyOfficeLiquidator’s mission to prevent as much environmental damage
as possible, but the decision to “go green” starts with you…
WHAT IS YOUR COMPANY’S SUSTAINABLE ORIENTATION?
Most companies today can be classified in one of five stages as our corporate culture advances toward sustainability:
AWARENESS – Your company becomes aware that environmental concerns are permeating conversation, though the value of sustainability is apparently absent in corporate culture.
RESISTIVE – Your company becomes aware of its own environmental impact of doing business, but demonstrates no commitment to environmental responsibilities, and possibly some reaction to it.
LEGALISTIC – Your company strictly focuses on compliance to minimum environmental regulations with no commitment to raising the standards for conservation and energy efficiencies.
REACTIVE – Your company recognizes the strategic value of sustainability opportunities, but pursues only opportunities that do not create new risks.
STRATEGIC – Your company uses a proactive approach to sustainability opportunities and evaluates the impact of sustainability initiatives on a long-term basis of the enterprise.
Once you realize where you stand, you then have a better idea of where you need to go. Each step toward these goals is a positive one, so make a decision. This can range from “a toe in the water” to “diving off the deep end”. This is your choice, but take a moment to understand the benefits, rewards, and ALL the return on your investment.
BUYING RECYCLED OR PRE-OWNED OFFICE FURNITURE
In past years and even today, buying used or pre-owned furniture is an increasingly popular option for small and mid-sized firms for one main reason: it’s a good option for any business’ bottom line. Surprisingly enough, Fortune 100, 500 and 1000 companies have caught on to the idea. With the cost of new furniture on the rise, maybe it’s not such a bad idea to mix new with the pre-owned option to keep the costs down.
Recycled or pre-owned office furniture – which currently accounts for $1.2 billion of the $13.6 billion dollar commercial office furniture industry – typically costs 30 to 50% less than new furniture. Once you take a look at how much money you can save, buying another company’s discarded furniture begins to sound like a pretty good idea.
REMANUFACTURED furniture has been restored to its original condition: new fabric, new paint and new laminates. Purchasing remanufactured furniture is similar to purchasing new furniture because you can select the color, fabric and finish.
REFURBISHED furniture has been cleaned, repaired and touched up with fresh paint and sometimes new fabrics.
REUSED furniture also referred to as “Used” or “As Is”, describes furniture that hasn’t been altered or repaired.
A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Recycled furniture isn’t for everyone. If you are flexible about designs, colors and styles, you’ll probably find what you need. Remember that you’re buying from the used furniture dealer’s inventory or “coming-in” inventory. You are not special ordering from a manufacturer’s catalog. If you will not settle for less than perfect, even if it means saving a lot of money, recycled furniture is probably not for you.