Making Informed Choices When Choosing Office Furniture Can Lower Your Company's Carbon Footprint

By Bt Office, PRNE
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

POOLE, England, March 17, 2010 - The sustainability movement is upon us, with new government initiatives
and campaigns such as '10:10'* popping up every week many of us are making a
conscious effort to be more environmentally friendly and help meet the new
government recycle targets.

According to a recent study by the BBC, businesses produce over 40% of
carbon emissions in the UK! And given that for most of us workers, we will
spend the majority of time in the workplace rather than in our homes -the
office is an ideal place to start cutting our carbon emissions.

Here at BT office ( we suggest how making a few
changes to your office furniture ( choices can make
a substantial difference to your carbon footprint:

Furniture Materials

Whilst it is easy to implement recycling practices when it comes to
paper, materials and waste - it may not be so easy to apply to office
furniture and equipment. If you are an upscale professional office -
purchasing second hand, used office chairs ( and office desks ( are probably going to be a no go area.

But did you know that brand new office furniture can also be
environmentally friendly? Simply make smart choices when purchasing, for

Look for furniture that is produced using recycled materials - they may
be recycled but will look brand new. For example reclaimed wood. Look for FSC
certified products whenever possible (You have probably seen the FSC logo, it
stands for Forest Stewardship Council and identifies products made from
socially and environmentally responsible forestry).

Also buy with a view of recycling later. Look for new office furniture
that you can recycle in the future. Selecting sustainable materials can be
difficult but most product guides will list the materials used and this
little guide may help:

    - Melamine Faced Chipboard - Can be recycled with processing
    - Veneered Chipboard, Plywood and steel - Easily recycled
    - MDF - Can't be recycled, only reused
    - Compact Laminate - Indestructible and non-recyclable
    - Plastic - Difficult to recycle

Location and Shipping

Purchase office furniture from a nearby supplier - it is easy to forget
how much carbon emissions result from transportation! Buying local can
counteract this. If you do have to have your office furniture delivered
choose a UK company rather than an overseas supplier, and opt for unassembled
items where possible - the packing cartons will be smaller.

Replacing old office furniture

It is not just about buying new office furniture ( or equipment; consider how you dispose of your old
items. If a piece of office furniture is damaged consider refurbishing it -
for example a soiled reception sofa can easily be reupholstered.

If you want to throw out old furniture to bring in new pieces then sell
them on to other companies as second hand goods, recycle them if the
materials are recyclable, or try and give them away by placing an ad in your
local paper/gumtree or exchange them on the freecycle ( website.

For more advice about office furniture visit the BT office blog:

Notes to Editors

*10:10 - 10:10 is an ambitious project to unite every sector of British
society behind one simple idea: that by working together we can achieve a 10%
cut in the UK's carbon emissions in 2010, visit for
more information

*Freecycle is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who
are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about
reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Visit
for more information.

About BT Office Furniture

BT Office Furniture is a national, privately owned company founded in
1994 which supplies and installs office furniture in the UK. BT Office has
concentrated on providing great value for money without compromise on quality
and service. Their furniture portfolio includes executive ranges that cover
both contemporary and classic designs. For orders and queries please call
0800-298-7033 or visit the website to find out more.

Press Information

For further information on BT Office Furniture, its products and services
please contact Derek Flood, Unit 9 Benridge Park, Holy Rood Close, Poole,
Dorset, BH17 7BD

Tel: +44(0)1202-699-900 Email:

For further information on BT Office Furniture, its products and services please contact Derek Flood, Unit 9 Benridge Park, Holy Rood Close, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BD, Tel: +44(0)1202-699-900 Email: mail at

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