How can we better understand the benefits of increased sustainability in the office furniture industry? I think part of the conversation has to include asking ourselves, What is the office furniture life cycle? One business, Envirotech Office Systems has provided a well designed, and helpful graphic to show the various stages in the life cycle of your office furniture. FlexForm Technologies Wonderphyll fire retardant substrate could be added to the office system at any stage in the process for increased overall sustainability over the existing fiberglass substrate. You can see the original graphic on Envirotech’s website here.
In their post, Envirotech Office Systems explains 7 steps in the life of office furniture as follows,
“7 Steps of Recycled Office Furniture Lifecycle
When office furniture is no longer needed or wanted, there are companies, such as Envirotech Office Systems, that can help. Call to discuss what options are available and what is right for your situation.
- Unwanted furniture is removed from the customer’s facility
- Product is inspected for usability and market value
- Furniture that is to be sold ‘As-is’, receives minor cleaning
- Refurbished furniture receives minor cleaning with additional cosmetic touches, and then sold
- Remanufactured furniture is disassembled; usable parts repaired or replaced, reassembled, refinished, and then sold as ‘better than new’.
- Parts and materials that that could not be reused in the remanufacturing process because they have come to the end of their lifecycle, are either sent to be recycled or sent to the landfill.
- Customers choose to purchase recycled office furniture.“
FlexForm Technologies Wonderphyll fire retardant product would be a great addition to remanufacturing office furniture. Our material would replace the existing fiberglass and make the remanufactured product create a better environment for the worker by improving air quality.