Green office solutions are not just important for businesses in the United States, and a report from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in the United Kingdom recently asserted the large role that reusing furniture can play in cutting down on needless trash. According to this document, furniture makes up for more than 40 percent of the average composition of “bulky waste,” and reusing 1 ton of sofas would “save almost 1.5 tonnes of CO2.”

Although the report uses a sofa as a prime example of wasted furniture, it also broaches the larger issue of creating and supporting furniture that can be easily repurposed. To curb inefficient practices, companies and consumers alike can educate themselves about the real costs of throwing old furniture away: as the source notes, waste costs are “hidden,” dampening the impact of the burden this actually poses for society.

“The ideal scenario for bulkier products in a circular economy is that these items are designed for longevity,” the report asserts. “Indeed, investing in something that will last a long time is often less expensive on a per-use basis than buying the cheapest alternative.”

Among the many recommendations the document calls for is the desire to “encourage longevity by providing longer warranties for products” and “introduce finance models that enable longer term investments in product.”

For a company that needs to make a direct change to their current furniture buying and use strategy, used office furniture liquidation experts will accommodate businesses by helping them get rid of unwanted pieces in a sustainable way.