It’s important that your office be functional, with everything you need to make your work as efficient and trouble free as possible. It’s equally important to have a fully-furnished space that can make you feel good and ready to do your job right. Working in a vibrant, enjoyable space gives you more energy to face the tasks at hand, and believe it or not there’s no need to invest a lot of money to make that happen.
How can your office furniture meet these critical requirements, while still being kind to the environment and your budget? The sustainability movement has grown in modern times, so that eco-friendly choices are more numerous than ever. While some of these can be pricey, not all environmentally conscious choices need to break the bank. Here are some ideas to help you find furniture for your office that’s both eco-friendly and budget-friendly.
Not every office needs to have a slick, modern look. Using vintage furniture pieces can lend a unique style to your office that has far more character and appeal than mass produced contemporary pieces. If you shop from second-hand stores, or even yard sales, you can find some excellent prices. It’s typical to find furniture of higher quality than you could buy new for the same price. This is also the ultimate eco-friendly solution. You’re avoiding the manufacturing and resource costs of creating new furniture, and ensuring the second hand piece you buy isn’t headed for a landfill.
Get certified sustainable wood
Don’t contribute to chopping down the rainforest by purchasing exotic wood furniture of unknown origin, no matter how attractive it may be. Wood does make excellent furniture, however, and you don’t need to avoid it altogether. There are sustainable ways to produce wood office furniture, including using reclaimed wood, and sustainably harvested tree farms and forests. Look for a certification of sustainability when shopping for wood office furniture.
When you’re shopping for budget-conscious office furniture, consider buying modular styles. This lets you buy just the pieces you need right now, and then it’s easy to add on and expand as your needs (and budget) increase. Modular office furniture is available in a wide range of styles, and you can fit the pieces together as needed for your unique office space and requirements. To make this a win for the planet too, look for companies that sell reused and refurbished modular furniture. This can save you a bundle, and it’s good for the earth.
Use recycled materials
If you’re buying office furniture made with metal and plastics, can you find something using recycled materials? More and more companies are using such eco-friendly resources in their furniture, and you have more selections than ever. Recycling technology has improved too, so that the quality of items made with these reused materials is better than it used to be.
Bamboo is great
This versatile material is eco-friendly, and is used for everything from furniture, to flooring, to window blinds. Though it looks like wood, bamboo is actually a grass that grows to the height of trees, in dense forests. It is incredibly fast growing, which makes it an ideal renewable replacement for wood. This green material can also be budget friendly, so look for bamboo options when you’re shopping for office furniture.
Buying furniture from the web is no longer something only corporate businesses can afford to do. Everyone buys online today, so if you’re looking for budget-friendly furniture, the web can be your best friend. The smartest way to invest in quality pieces is to opt for an independent contractor. They’re usually a lot cheaper. Call in advance and talk about the size of the office you’re looking for, and don’t be shy to negotiate.
Shopping for eco-friendly furniture is not easier than ever. Whether you’re looking for an office desk, a chair, or a storing cabinet, one thing’s for sure: everyone wants a modern space with little money. Buying new items to decorate an office space can cost a fortune, especially if you’re looking for quality. Believe it or not, it is possible to have quality at an affordable cost. Second-hand furniture shops and vintage boutiques are great places to start. Let the shopping begin!
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