skip to Main Content

In the News

How Green Standards is Helping Offices Reduce Waste by Selling or Donating Their Furniture 

Oct 13, 2021 – Nearly 90% of executives plan to shift their office real-estate strategies in the next year as they go fully or partially remote, according to a recent PwC survey. This includes consolidating office space and opening smaller locations. Green Standards, which has worked with General MotorsUnited Airlines, and Expedia Group, uses an assessment to decide whether reselling or donating an office’s items is the best fit.(Business Insider)

Is remote working better for the environment? Not necessarily

Is Remote Work Working Better For The Environment? Not Necessarily

Aug 3rd, 2021 – Reducing office footprints can reduce carbon footprints, but that, too, comes with caveats. To achieve a hybrid model, companies are closing offices or redesigning them to accommodate fewer workers: Nearly three-quarters of Fortune 500 CEOs expect to downsize office space post-pandemic. But many executives may fail to consider the climate cost of downsizing, said Trevor Langdon, president of environmental firm Green Standards. (The Guardian)

Green Standards helps companies donate office furniture they no longer need

4 Ways Donated Furniture Energizes a Makerspace

Apr 30th, 2021 – Perfectly sound furniture that might have ended up in a landfill now fills out a makerspace and activity lounge at Donald Meyer Elementary School in San Jose, California. (District Administration)

Cigna Logo

Earth Day 2021: Cigna and Green Standards Partnership is Helping Our Environment and Our Communities

Apr 22nd, 2021 – Cigna makes Earth Day commitment to reduce environmental footprint and help communities. Through this partnership, Green Standards will keep Cigna’s surplus office furniture and equipment in use and out of the landfill through resale, recycling and in-kind donations locally. (Cigna Newsroom)

Hootsuite and Green Standards partnership

Earth Day 2021: The Hidden Environmental Costs of Downsizing an Office: What Hootsuite Learned

Apr 21st, 2021 – When redesigning their Vancouver office with more inclusivity and flexibility in mind, Hootsuite, a leading social media management company, partnered with Green Standards to ensure any desks, chairs and monitors that wouldn’t be needed would find a second life in their community. (Hootsuite Blog)

Green Standards recognized on The Financial Times List of Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2021

Green Standards recognized on Financial Times List of Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2021

Apr 13th, 2021 – Green Standards is ecstatic to be recognized again as one of The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2021 after appearing on FT’s list in 2020. For the second straight year, Green Standards ranked in the top 250 companies and second overall in the Waste Management and Recycling category. (Financial Times)

Green Standards and Expedia Group in Waste Advantage Magazine

Landfill Trips Canceled During Expedia Group’s Headquarters Move

Apr 5th, 2021 – The partnership between Expedia Group and Green Standards resulted in the management, removal and repurposing of more than 834 tons of surplus office assets like chairs, desks, tables and file storage from those offices alone.  (Waste Advantage Magazine)

Girls Incorporated of Halton

The Growing F-Waste Issue and How to Handle it

Mar 30, 2021 – Richard Beaumont discusses the F-Waste (furniture waste) issue and how Green Standards is working with global corporations to solve it.  (Canadian Interiors)

ABC7 News

Richard Beaumont of Green Standards speaks on ABC7 Bay Area News

Mar 26, 2021 – David Louie of ABC7 covers Green Standards and our efforts to reduce furniture waste globally. This segment features San Jose non-profit POSSO and the furniture donations they received through our local client. (ABC7 News)

New England Facilities Development News

Green Standards Benefits New England Nonprofits

Mar 03, 2021 – A donation of office furnishings for Operation ABLE is helping them to focus their resources and continue to provide their students the training they need to get back into the workforce. (High Profile)

Seal Award Badge 2020

Green Standards Wins SEAL 2020 Business Sustainability Award 

Feb 18th, 2021 – Celebrated for leadership, transparency, and commitment to sustainable business practices, Green Standards have won SEAL’s Environmental Initiative Award for the third straight year. (SEAL Awards)

Real Leaders' Impact Awards

Green Standards Wins 2021 Real Leaders Impact Award

Jan 13, 2021 – Green Standards wins the Real Leaders Impact Award for our circular economy-inspired office solution, joining other top impact companies. (Real Leaders)

Trevor Langdon on Bloomberg QuickTake

Green Standards’ President Trevor Langdon on Bloomberg QuickTake 

Dec 18th, 2020 – Green Standards joins Tim Stanovec to discuss the issue of furniture waste and how our solution helps Fortune 500 companies donate, resell, and recyle what they won’t be reusing. (Bloomberg QuickTake)

CoreNet Global Innovators Award

Green Standards wins CoreNet Global Innovator’s Award for Excellence in Corporate Real Estate

Oct 26th, 2020 – CoreNet Global recognizes Green Standards as winner of the prestigious H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator’s Award (GIA) for professional excellence and sustainable leadership in corporate real estate. (CoreNet Global)

39 circular economy inspired solutions

Green Standards on Sitra’s list of inspiring Circular Economy solutions.

Sept 28th, 2020 – Organisations and businesses need inspiration to take part in the circular transition.  In the lead up to the WCEFonline, Sitra set out to discover some of the most inspiring circular economy ideas around the globe. The result is an extensive list containing 39 inspiring circular economy solutions. (Sitra)

2020 Report on Business Logo

Green Standards places No. 166 on The Globe & Mail’s ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies

Sept 25th, 2020 – For the second consecutive year, Green Standards is proud to have placed among Canada’s Top Growing Companies with a three-year revenue growth of 279%. (The Globe & Mail)

Multiplying Good logo

Green Standards is a One in a Million Award recipient

Aug 24th, 2020 – Multiplying Good recognizes Green Standards for helping to meet the needs of others – making a difference by using service as a solution to the problems we’re facing. (Multiplying Good)

The America's Fastest Growing Companies

Green Standards Ranks 192/500 of The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies

Apr 6th, 2020 – Financial Times recognizes Green Standards as one of The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies in 2020.  A special report was available in print as part of the May 12th, 2020 edition of the Financial Times. (Financial Times)

2019 SEAL Award

Green Standards Recognized by SEAL Among Most Sustainable Companies In The World

Feb 12th, 2020 – SEAL Awards announces the winners of the 2019 SEAL Business Sustainability Awards, celebrating corporate leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices. (SEAL Awards)

Georgia-Pacific and Green Standards

Georgia-Pacific Center Renovation Project Brings Blue Skys

Jan 16th, 2020 – The transformation came about when Georgia-Pacific partnered with Green Standards to find ways to reduce waste from the renovation of their corporate headquarters. Numerous Atlanta-area non-profit benefited from in-kind donations of furniture and equipment that helped these organizations upgrade their facilities. (Georgia-Pacific News)

CoreNet Global REmmy Awards

Green Standards wins 3rd REmmy Award at CoreNet Gala

Nov 19th, 2019 –  CoreNet Global’s Canadian Chapter recognizes Green Standards with the CSR Leadership Award, as exemplified through work with multiple corporate partners and the social and environmental impact of these office decommission projects.(CoreNet Global)

Trevor Langdon at Lang Sustainability Conference

Lang Business Students Welcomed Delegates at the Lang Sustainability Conference

Nov 13th, 2019 – Green Standards’ president, Trevor Langdon joined a team of panelists speaking to delegates from universities across Canada, exploring and discussing business solutions to the social, environmental and economic challenges facing the world. (

Office Furniture Donations

F-Waste Is A Huge Climate Issue: How Smart Businesses Are Solving It

Nov 10th, 2019 – Sustainable office decommissioning is great for businesses AND the planet: Green Standards works to help businesses, like Adobe, United Airlines, and Georgia Pacific, sustainably repurpose their office furniture through a combination of resale, recycling and in-kind donations – and they are doing a lot of it. (

Green Standards among Top Growing Companies in Canada

Green Standards Among Canada’s Top Growing Companies

Sept 27th, 2019 – Green Standards is pleased to announce it placed No. 123 on the inaugural Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies. (

Green Standards Ranks on Growth 500 for 3rd Straight Year

Sept 12th, 2019 – Green Standards makes the annual Growth 500 list for the 3rd straight year among Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. (

curbed on Green Standards furniture reuse program

Nine million tons of furniture go to landfills every year. This company has a better plan

April 11th, 2019 – As the popularity of disposable flatpack furniture has risen, so too has the amount of furniture waste. Green Standards is helping Fortune 500 companies and startups donate, resell, or recycle their office furniture. (

CoreNet Global's REmmy Award

Green Standards Wins 2018 REmmy Award at CoreNet Gala

November 15th, 2018 – CoreNet Global’s Canadian Chapter recognized Green Standards with the coveted Corporate Citizen Award for its Green Workplace Decommission Program, as exemplified through a major 2017 project with OMERS and Oxford Properties. (CoreNet)

Sustainability Award

Most Sustainable Companies In The World Honored at SEAL Sustainability Awards

November 13th, 2018 – Green Standards received a 2018 SEAL Environmental Initiative Award for exemplary waste diversion efforts on corporate real estate projects.  (

2019 Clean50 and Clean16

Canada’s Sustainability Leaders honoured at Clean50 Summit in Toronto

September 27th, 2018 – Canada’s 2019 Clean50 winners include Green Standards’ Trevor Langdon as a Clean16 leader in the Primary Resources category. Trevor joins 49 individuals from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada. (

Toronto crain watch

How Jonathan Milnes and his partners created an industry with used office furniture

July 12, 2018 – Since its launch in 2009, Toronto-based Green Standards Ltd. has built its business on finding new homes for surplus furniture, whether by donating, reselling or recycling. Working with large North American corporations such as Google, United Airlines, GM and Rogers Communications they have diverted 40,000+ tons from landfill (98.6% landfill diversion rate) across 1500+ projects. (

TELUS Shines Light on Furniture Waste and its Partnership with Green Standards in 2018 Sustainability Report

May 3, 2018 – Long-time partner and Canadian sustainability leader, TELUS, demonstrates leadership and creativity in its furniture waste reduction efforts and shares the positive impact it has had on communities across Canada since the partnership began in 2012. (

Green Standards decommission

Turning Waste Into Change: OMERS Donates Furniture

March 15th, 2018 – OMERS was consolidating 3 offices into a single newly constructed tower. As part of the transition, they partnered with Green Standards to responsibly decommission 400,000 square feet of office space, to ensure excess furniture and equipment would be kept out of landfill and channeled into local communities. (

8.5 million tons of office furniture waste sent to landfill each year

A Hidden Waste Stream: 9 Million Tons of Office Furniture Goes to Landfill Annually

November 7, 2017 – Consider ways to responsibly manage your waste through a circular economy-inspired approach. Although liquidation can seem like the easiest option, it most often leads to landfill. When you donate, resell, and recycle, you’re keeping assets in use, giving them new life to someone in need and turning your waste into change. (

Students Benefit From a Better Learning Environment Through PNC Bank and Green Standards Partnership

August 10, 2017 – Since 2016, PNC Bank and Green Standards have collaborated on several office decommissions, achieving nearly 100% landfill diversion and benefiting dozens of non-profits. This feature examines the impact of PNC’s furniture donations to schools in Pittsburgh. (

GM and Green Standards Collaborate on Detroit Waste Diversion Efforts

March 15, 2017 – Many of GM’s sprawling offices and research centers are in the midst of a makeover. The result is heaps of office furniture and other building materials that could end up in Michigan landfills, which would complicate the company’s recent push to go zero-waste. (Triple Pundit)

GM Campus Decommissioning Diverts 99.7% of Office Assets from Landfill

March 14, 2017 – Since 2016, General Motors and Green Standards’ have successfully diverted 99.7% of GM’s furniture and equipment from the landfill and benefited more than 30 non-profit organizations. (Environmental Leader)

How Companies are Addressing the Issue of F-Waste

March 09, 2017 – To combat the estimated 8.5 million ton annual trash problem, companies across the globe are developing innovative programs and initiatives to divert f-waste from landfill. (Waste360)

Bloomberg: Green Standards Saves Furniture From Landfills

January 19, 2017 – Bloomberg’s Pat Kiernan features Green Standards’ general manager, Trevor Langdon, to discuss what happens to outdated office furniture and equipment. (Bloomberg)


The F-Waste Problem and How Companies Can Solve It

December 22, 2016 – In the U.S. alone, over 17 billion pounds of office furniture and equipment is sent to landfill every year. This waste is typically a result of necessary changes like moving, branch closures or revitalization projects. The furniture needs to be removed or replaced but it is what’s being done with the furniture or, “F”, waste that is the problem. (Huffington Post)

Green Standards in Financial Post articleHow Toronto-based Green Standards is helping GM divert 2,000 tons of furniture from landfills

December 13, 2016 – With a 500% revenue gain in five years, Green Standards finds this overlooked niche has legs. (Financial Post)

Detroit to Debut Mixed-Use Urban Agrihood

December 6, 2016 – The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) debuts America’s first sustainable urban agrihood with support from Sustainable Brands, BASF, General Motors and Green Standards. (Mother Nature Network)

Office Furniture donationsHow Adobe solved its old furniture problem might work for your company, too

November 29, 2016 – There were tons — hundreds of tons, actually — of stuff that had to go and the software giant could see that it would be moving stuff out for as far into the future as it could predict.  (BizJournals)

Decommissions Divert Office Debris from Landfill

November 28, 2016 – How organizations are tackling office waste resulting from moves, renovations and transitions by decommissioning their facilities.  (Globe and Mail)

GM partners with Green Standards on office decommission

General Motors Starts Landfill-Free Campus Decommissioning

November 23, 2016 – This circular-economy project not only diverts waste from landfills but is also expected to benefit about 100 Michigan-based community organizations. (Environmental Leader)

General Motors Office Furniture Skips Landfill, Heads to Non-Profits

November 21, 2016 – GM to repurpose tens of thousands of items and create $1 million of in-kind donations to local non-profits. (The Detroit News)

Circular Economy Reuses, Recycles – and Generates Revenue

August 24, 2016 – Toronto-based Green Standards finds new homes for old office furniture at non-profits who welcome old desks, work stations and office chairs. Unlike many environmental organizations, Green Standards has found a way to turn “reduce, reuse, recycle” into a workable business model.  (Toronto Star)

Office Chairs and Desks for DonationOffice Decommissioning: Landfill Waste or Recycle and Reuse?

March 24, 2016 – Office decommissioning has the potential to generate huge amounts of waste — or to recycle and divert potential waste from landfills while investing in the community. (Environmental Leader)

Great-West Life Features Green Standards in its 2015 Annual Sustainability Report (PDF)

May 14, 2016 – Green Standards and Great-West Life successfully divert more than 30 metric tons of potential waste and create $37,000 worth of in-kind donation in 2015. (Great-West Life)

Green-Office-Carbon-49Chevron and EllisDon Achieve 95% Landfill Diversion with Green Standards

April 26, 2016 – Chevron, EllisDon, and Green Standards joined forces to bring benefits to local charities, reduced their environmental footprint, and recaptured some of the assets’ residual values. (

Telus-Headquarters-2015TELUS and Green Standards Partner to Responsibly Decommission Office Spaces Across Canada

February 4, 2016 –  Green Standards and TELUS, Canada’s fastest growing telecommunications provider, have worked together since 2012 to decommission office spaces across the country, including spaces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. (

CPM-Feature-ImageOffice properties set high ‘Green Standards’

November 26, 2015 – In 2013, when TELUS was looking to meet its targeted environmental goals, the company increased its effort to bring in potential partners, engage recycling companies and non-profits, and document their sustainable initiatives. (

SEE-Change-ImageGreen Standards Gives New Social Value to Old Office Assets via SEE Change Magazine

October 26, 2015 – Green Standards is trying to change the way corporations perceive office assets, and the Toronto-based firm is developing a unique business model in the process—one that’s socially and environmentally conscious, yet tailored to business objectives. (

takeoff-greenstandards00sr2Globe & Mail Tells the Green Standards Story

July 17, 2015 – That successful meeting marked a turning point for Green Standards, which started out as a small grassroots social enterprise matching discarded office furniture with local charities. (Globe & Mail)

Office Furniture Illustration

The Tremendous Economic Loss in Old Office Furniture via

July 7th, 2015 – Office furniture, as innocuous as it seems, poses an major challenge for unsuspecting businesses. What do you do with it all when you move? (

GWL-Report-PhotoGreat-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Share Their Work with Green Standards in Annual Statement (PDF 1.4MB)

April 2015 – Since December 2009, we have completed 68 sustainability projects with Green Standards, a vendor that collects and redistributes these items. Through our 2014 projects, we diverted 81 tons of refuse from landfill, resulting in more than $93,000 of in-kind donations to charitable organizations. (The Great-West Life Assurance Company)

First-Services_Waste-Not_ImageFirstService Residential Discusses its Partnership with Green Standards (PDF 2.5MB)

Spring 2015 – This past summer, when FirstService Residential consolidated its previous two office locations into a single headquarters, they decided to do the right thing and spare our fragile planet the burden of taking on any more fax machines, chairs and filing cabinets. How did they do it? (FirstService Residential Connections)

Pratt and Whitney EnginesPratt & Whitney Canada donates furniture to non-profits in the Greater Toronto Area

September 23, 2013 – Through their participation in Partners in Project Green’s Material Exchange Program, Pratt & Whitney Canada connected with Green Standards to find reuse opportunities for $57,925 worth of office furniture. (GTAA Partners in Project Green)

Furniture decommissionEdwards Wildman Donates Over $25,000 in Furniture to Chicago Non-Profits

August 21, 2012 – Edwards Wildman is pleased to announce that it has donated approximately $26,000 in office furniture to 12 non-profit organizations in Chicago. (Locke Lord LLP)

Press Releases

Green Standards wins 3rd REmmy Award at CoreNet Gala

Dec 2nd, 2019 – Green Standards wins big at the 2019 REmmy Award Gala being recognized with the CSR Leadership Award – exemplified through our work with multiple corporate partners for the positive social and environmental impact of these projects.

Trevor Langdon among Canada’s Clean50

Sept 27, 2018 – Green Standards and our team of environmental stewards proudly congratulates its leader, Trevor Langdon, for being recognized as the 2019 Clean16 leader in the “Primary Resources” category of Canada’s Clean50 Awards.

Green Standards Reaches $20 Million Worth of In-Kind Donation to Non-Profits Across the US and Canada

October 6, 2017 – Green Standards, a specialized environmental firm that helps corporations responsibly manage their excess furniture and equipment, announced that it has worked with clients to donate more than $20 million worth of office furniture, equipment, appliances, artwork, and supplies to over 3,300 non-profits across the US and Canada since its founding in 2009.

Green Standards Manages Diversion of GM Office Assets; Boosts Crowdfunding Campaign for Urban Farm in Detroit

March 14, 2017 – Green Standards and GM reach 1,500 tons diverted from landfill and benefit 30 nonprofits, including the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. Green Standards donates $4,500 to support MUFI’s sustainable urban agrihood launch.

Enbridge and Green Standards help Calgary non-profits with more than $100,000 worth of furniture and equipment.

March 9, 2016 – Enbridge and Green Standards create over $100,000 worth of community investment by repurposing used furniture and equipment from headquarters renovation.

Frost and Green Standards Share $100,000 in In-Kind Donations with Non-Profits

May 5, 2015 – Frost Rejuvenates the Workspaces of Local Nonprofits Through In-kind Donations of More Than $117,000

About Us

Green Standards specializes in the responsible and cost-effective redistribution of surplus and obsolete durable goods, including office furniture, fixtures, supplies, and IT equipment.

On a turnkey basis, Green Standards efficiently channels surplus office assets according to corporate priorities for charitable donations, recycling, and resale.

A sustainable office decommission solution inspired by the circular economy. 


Media Contact

Marc Borins
Marketing & Communications Manager

T: 1-855-632-8036

Real Leaders' Impact Awards
CoreNet Global Innovators Award
Canada's Top Growing Companies in 2020
The America's Fastest Growing Companies
CSR Leadership Award
Canada's Top Growing Companies
REmmy Award for Green Standards
SEAL Award for Sustainability
2016 REmmy Award logo
Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice in 2018
Back To Top