In an office, “reuse” can refer to a broad category of behaviors, not just simple recycling. By understanding the different ways that true reuse impact the workplace, businesses are in a better place to reap the benefits of a smaller carbon footprint while following government compliance guidelines. Repurposing used office furniture from local workplaces could be a crucial component of a reuse campaign as companies prepare other means to match it.

However, reusing materials can be more comprehensive than businesses may be prepared for. As such, here are three simple ways to bring reuse to your workplace without a hitch:

  • Make a realistic commitment: At the beginning of a year, your organization can set a goal it knows it can reach for reducing waste. This can extend to composting organic material as well as processing paper and plastic.
  • Invest in quality and reusability: The best office furniture pieces will be both sourced from local organizations and durable enough to stand the test of time. Professional furniture suppliers will have access to pieces that combine both of these things for the best overall use of the business.
  • Plan for an entire paper “lifecycle”: Sheet paper can be used multiple times to give companies the greatest value. Businesses can start by using both sides for printing, then shred it for packaging without having to spend on outside materials.

The furniture you reuse may help you earn LEED status and qualify for other environmentally important standards. As long as your organization takes on reuse correctly, the end results can be enduring.