Green Standards sustainably manages the resale, recycling, and donation of office furniture and equipment across North America.
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We're helping organizations like yours make a difference
+ projects of all sizes
% landfill diversion rate
+ metric tons of CO2e offset
$M+ in surplus asset donations
Helping you do the right thing and demonstrate it
We provide you with detailed cloud-based reporting to track the environmental and social impact of all your projects.
We then explore the potential for PR based on the positive community impact of your donations to non-profits.
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Client Success Stories
EPA estimates 8.5 million tons of office furniture and equipment are sent to landfill each year in the US alone. By working with like-minded organizations, we can keep these items in use and out of the landfill.
See how we’re making a difference.
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United Airlines partners with Green Standards in Houston to responsibly decommission 14 floors of office furniture and equipment with a 99% landfill diversion rate on 728 tons handled. Through a strategic combination of resale, recycling and donation efforts, United generated $278,779 worth of in-kind donations to 18 local non-profits.
Featured donation stories with non-profits from around North America.
"We are so grateful to the team at Green Standards for their generous furniture donation. Thank you for your continued support through this difficult time!”Read More
“The furniture donated through Green Standards has enabled RAIN to support government health agencies and our local medical facilities during this Pandemic. We were able to quickly convert an office space into a working laboratory dedicated to COVID-19 research and the development of assays to determine at risk areas in our community. The desks and chairs that were replaced by GS donations would not have been usable in a lab setting and we would not have been in a position to make such a critical impact both locally and globally.” Rebekah Ryan at RAIN Incubator.See How
North Rowan High School was revitalizing its design centers and needed new furniture. Green Standards was able to help out by facilitating in-kind office furniture donations from one of its clients – a local, Fortune 100 financial institution.Watch the story
The in-kind donations, valued at $534,584 to date, have benefited numerous organizations across North America including Youth Speaks, Habitat For Humanity and Educare of California at Silicon Valley.More info
Green Standards worked with TPS Theatre to facilitate in-kind donations from a corporate partner in Seattle. The non-profit Theatre company was able to completely replace their older seating in their studio. By donating these furniture items, our client was able to divert 100% of their surplus furniture and equipment from landfill, while supporting more than 60 local community organizations in the process.Read More
The MukiBaum Accessibility Centre is 1 of 17 beneficiaries that received furniture and equipment donations from OMERS through our partnership. OMERS was able to repurpose valuable products with a 99% landfill diversion rate on 400+ tons of surplus assets. The OMERS project has received multiple sustainability and CSR awards for these efforts.See how
Through the transformation of GP Center’s 500,000 square feet of office space in downtown Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific partnered with Green Standards to sustainably decommission 700+ tons of office furniture and equipment, while providing in-kind donations to 50+ non-profits, including Zoo Atlanta.Watch the story
“This donation and what we’re celebrating is revitalizing this workspace to make it more hospitable, more efficient and more professional so that we can go about doing the business of the Red Cross.” - Henry Van de Putte, American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast RegionSee How
"On behalf of our entire KIPP LA Team and Family, I want to thank you so much for the incredibly generous furniture donation – it’s beautiful! Your support means so much to our schools and students who will be able to enjoy this modern and innovative furniture." - The KIPP LA Team & FamilySee more
"We want to thank Green Standards for coordinating and delivering donations of teller safes and file cabinets to our Habitat affiliate. Several of the file cabinets will be used in our offices and the income raised through the sale of your donated products at our ReStore will be used to purchase building materials for the construction of Habitat homes in Union County, NC this spring." - Mike Reece, Executive DirectorSee more stories
“This is huge! Thanks to Green Standards and its corporate partners, we were able to launch a first rate Neighborhood Resource Center and completely furnish a computer lab, library, conference room and set up offices for 7 employees,” said Richard Logan, President and CEO of Attack Poverty.More info
"Thanks to this donation, Life Remodeled will be able to offer comfortable seating to students and community members who visit the center. Thank you for making the space look extra special." - Kelly Cleaver, Development DirectorSee more
"Working with Green Standards has allowed us to have a great space for children and youth to come in and to manage. We can now focus some of that energy and time and money towards more meaningful tangible things for our participants within our programs. The donation has revitalized our space and transformed it drastically" - Shawn Burgess, Community Director at St. Alban's Boys & Girls Club.Watch the story
“In an effort to feed 58,000 people each week, we rely heavily on donations that help us function in a professional and efficient manner,” said Eric S. Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, one of several non-profit agencies benefiting from Frost’s furniture donations through the decommission of the Rand Building.Case Study
While transforming the GP Center’s 500,000 square feet of office space, Georgia-Pacific partnered with Green Standards to sustainably decommission 600 tons of office furniture and equipment, while providing in-kind donations to 50+ non-profits in Metro Atlanta, including the Salvation Army.See how
"Thank you Green Standards for the wonderful donation of desks, chairs, and tables. The donated equipment created an open workspace, a comfortable lunch area, and a more enjoyable working environment for our staff." - Jonathan Jump, Vice-President of OperationsSee more
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Looking to move or renovate your office but don't want your furniture to go to landfill?Get a Quote
Does Green Standards provide this service for free?
Green Standards Ltd. is a paid service for companies undergoing large moves or renovations at their corporate offices.
We specialize in the responsible and cost-effective redistribution of surplus and obsolete durable goods, including office furniture, fixtures, supplies, and IT equipment.
Conventional liquidation is typically expensive and will result in lots of waste to landfill on most office decommissions. Our turnkey service is an alternative to liquidation and combines resale, recycling and in-kind donations to local non-profits for triple bottom line results.
As the size of a project increases we get a lot more cost-competitive.
Is my project too small for Green Standards program?
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We are best suited for large corporate projects or floors of offices with at least 75-100 employees and/or 15,000 square feet worth of office furniture and equipment to be removed, resold, donated or recycled.
Majority of our projects are in the 100 thousand square foot range and as the size of a project increases we get a lot more cost-competitive.
If you're interested in hearing more about our service or you're looking to donate office furniture through Green Standards, please follow the link below for a quote.
Do you pick up office furniture donations?
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Cost-competitive to conventional solutions that add to the landfill, Green Standards provides sustainable office decommissioning through the tear down, removal, pick up and redistribution of no longer needed furniture and equipment items.
Green Standards Ltd. is a paid service for companies undergoing large moves or renovations at their corporate offices.
On a turnkey basis, we efficiently channel surplus office assets according to our client’s priorities for charitable donations, recycling, and resale. We simplify the process by taking responsibility for vendor selection, third-party valuations, furniture removal, title transfers and IRS-compliant documentation.
We are best suited for large corporate projects or floors of offices with at least 75-100 employees and/or 15,000 square feet worth of office furniture and equipment to be removed.
The way our service works, there are some fixed costs that might make it impractical to remove only a few items. We hire movers to physically remove/deliver items and we have our own management cost. As the size of a project increases we get a lot more cost-competitive.
If you're interested in hearing more about our furniture pick up and removal service, please follow the link below to speak with a Green Standards representative.
How will I know where my furniture ends up?
We collect a suite of supporting documents to demonstrate industry-leading transparency and accountability. Each piece is designed to protect your company from liability, track items to their end-destination and provide insight into the environmental and social benefits of the project.
We’re committed to measuring and sharing results, including the landfill diversion rate, greenhouse gas offset, and community impact of each project. To make your achievements accessible and easy to use, we’ve designed a cloud-based reporting portal that our clients can access 24/7.
Our reporting enables clients to share their project outcomes and achievements for LEED accreditation or in their CSR reports, while working with them to create press releases and positive PR stories for target publications and internal stakeholders.
I'm part of a non-profit interested in receiving donations, what should I do?
Have you signed up to receive notifications about free office furniture available near you?
Green Standards donates office furniture free of charge to our Green Standards Charitable Network of 17,000+ registered non-profits and charitable organizations across the US & Canada.
Please note, you will only get notifications by email if and when furniture and equipment donations are available in your region. After receiving the notification you’ll be able to view and place requests on what’s available near you.
How can I see what type of furniture you have available currently?
Our website does not feature furniture and equipment that we have available on an ongoing basis as we have hundreds of projects in multiple regions and cities running simultaneously.
If you’re interested in receiving future furniture and equipment donations for your registered non-profit or charitable organization, please follow the below link for more info.
Responsible. Affordable. Effective.
Each office decommission is another opportunity to turn your excess office furniture and equipment into measurable value — value for your business, your community, and the greater environment.
Leverage a unique redistribution strategy that diverts 98% of your surplus office furniture and equipment away from landfill.
Work with specialized project managers that save your organization time and money from inventory collection through to pick up and close-out.
Generate valuable in-kind donations for non-profit and charitable organizations without any additional effort or investment.
Benchmark performance, utilize data, and share the achievement from all of your projects with our cloud-based reporting portal.