Helsinki, Finland (Sept 29th, 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.
With examples from six continents, the solutions in the link above range from circular fashion to magnetic ink and from up-cycling solar panel waste to podcasts and games demonstrating a circular economy in practice.
Managing office furniture donation, resale and recycling while achieving a 98% landfill diversion rate.
The decommissioning of office furniture prematurely ends the lifecycle of valuable resources. Green Standards prevents unnecessary waste by redistributing surplus furniture to nonprofits in need.
Green Standards helps corporations resell, recycle or donate their furniture to local organisations in need, creating a positive environmental and social impact. In the process, Green Standards demonstrates to its partners the value that the circular economy can unlock.
Green Standards began as a service coordinated between nonprofits and corporations with surplus office furniture. The company quickly learned that to scale, they needed to expand beyond charities into the recycling and resale channels. Green Standards has evolved into a solution that includes corporate project management, multi-channel asset redistribution, non-profit engagement and story-telling, and industry-leading environmental reporting.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 8.5 million tonnes of furniture and equipment are sent to landfills each year in the US alone. Corporations are paying up to 634 million euros annually in landfill tipping fees for office decommissions, while many nonprofit organisations across North America lack access to quality office furniture and equipment.
Green Standards manages the office furniture removal and redistribution process for companies with the goal of reselling, donating or recycling the assets so that they are saved from landfills. To ensure clients have the most redistribution options and cost-efficiencies possible, Green Standards has built a preferred network of resellers, strategic recyclers and over 17,000 nonprofit partners across North America. A fully transparent social and environmental impact report is provided to customers at the end of the process.
Green Standards is building a web of participating organisations that might not otherwise contribute to or benefit from the circular economy. Green Standards aims to change corporations’ mindsets to prioritise a circular impact from their office decommission projects rather than paying a fee to send the furniture to landfills. Partnerships through the furniture and waste recovery value chains are a critical part of this process, including with recycling facilities, hundreds of charities and furniture manufacturers who are under pressure to demonstrate the end-of-life impacts of their products.
Green Standards has diverted over 70,000 tonnes of workplace furniture and equipment from landfills at a 98.6 per cent diversion rate, offsetting over 171,033 tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions. Green Standards coordinates with charities, recyclers and furniture resellers to ensure that almost all of a company’s used office furniture finds a second life.
The essence of Green Standards’ model is to extend the life of furniture by finding it a second home with social service organisations who would have otherwise invested programming dollars to purchase new furniture. By granting these 5,000 organisations the freedom to reallocate funding toward fair employment wages or serving community needs, Green Standards is contributing to building resilient communities.
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About Green Standards Ltd.
A Circular Economy-Inspired Office Solution
Green Standards sustainably manages the resale, recycling, and donation of office furniture and equipment across North America.
Millions of tons of office furniture and equipment are sent to landfill each year in North America. We’re here to change that. By working with forward-thinking corporations we’re able to recover usable resources and repurpose valuable products to the benefit of businesses, the environment and communities across North America.
Our sustainable decommission program has diverted 73,000+ tons of surplus furniture and equipment from landfill and donated more than $31 million worth of in-kind donations to 5,000+ non-profits across North America since inception.
The 73,000+ tons diverted equals more than 175,000 metric tons of CO2e emissions reduced with a 98.6% landfill diversion rate on more than 1,500 projects.
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