Simplifying the kinds of materials your company uses for new and used furniture items may lead to a significant cost savings over time, as well as a convenient means of drawing from local sources. Businesses can easily save significant amounts of money if they make the effort to locate high quality furniture.

An article for the New York Times recently profiled Brad Sherman, a designer in Manhattan who specializes in creating offices that are inviting and also make use of cost-efficient reuse techniques.

He described one instance in which he gave common objects a new life in the office of the New Jersey company TerraCycle, working on a small budget for a site of 20,000 square feet. In tight spaces, companies can make the most of their resources by spending strategically on efficient furnishing material.

“We used everything we could,” he said of the TerraCycle job. “The desks I built out of old doors. Some of the bases were built out of old plastic buckets that I just stacked and screwed into the desk.”

According to information from the Environmental Protection Agency, durable goods (including furniture) made up more than 20 percent of Municipal Solid Waste in 2013, which translates into more than 50 million tons. In that same year, 2.47 million tons of wood were recovered from residential, commercial and institutional sources, as well as 3 million tons of plastic and 64.74 million total materials in products.

For startups and smaller companies planning on a budget and any business that needs to keep office costs low, working with a green office solutions specialist will make staying within financial limitations while finding high-quality furniture easy.