Buying Reused Furniture? 4 Quick Questions to Ask Before You Do
Get more involved with your company’s approach to green office solutions by asking some important questions ahead of time. In addition to wanting to reduce your carbon footprint, you should also follow guidelines to create a more consistent furniture buying strategy. Consistency is vital: as the Calrecycle website states, “You are not recycling if you send your waste to be recycled, but you do not buy products made from recycled content.”
With that in mind, make sure you’re really making a difference through your purchases by answering the following questions before you start:
Are you budgeting appropriately? A worthwhile furniture liquidator will help you spend just what you can afford and avoid extraneous costs.
Do you have special space concerns? Furniture may have to be customized to fit your office. In addition, the order will have to match the amount of space you plan to fill in the office itself.
How local is the provider? Is it sourced from somewhere near your business, or one of California’s Recycling Market Development Zones?
What percentage of recycled content is in your furniture? The answer may matter not just for LEED certification but general reuse measurements as well. MR Credit 3.1 under the LEED New Construction classification requires “salvaged, refurbished or reused materials such that the sum of these materials constitutes at least 5 percent, based on cost, of the total value of materials on the project.”
A specialist in new & used office furniture will follow all of your company’s specifications in filling the ideal work order. They will also find the best pieces for your office to meet environmental goals on your timeframe.