Why Get Green?

According to statistics from BIFMA - the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing Association, approximately 11.4 million dollars was spent in furniture production alone in 2007. Usually any old furniture is sent either to a landfill or stored in a warehouse never to be seen again. The costs attributed to either of these solutions are considerable. The amount of energy used, waste created and vigin materials consumed makes the remanufacturing of furniture a much more desirable option.

Buying new office furniture is usually a major investment for many companies. Used furniture can save you anywhere from 50 to 75 percent off of new furniture.

CBR prides itself on setting an example to not only our employees but to our customers by sending a message that conserving and reducing waste is our new corporate goal.

Myth #1

The cost of environmentally beneficial furniture are cost prohibitive - Where this may ring true for the initial cost, the long term effects on our environment is far more costly. We need to factor in the cost for disposal or recycling or even how much it may cost us to replenish our earth.

Myth #2

"Used office furniture means scratched or dented products". CBR can take your end of life products and re-engineers them to like new conditions. We even offer environmentally safe electrostatic painting for your used files. Just remember that refurbishing involves repairing structural damage for example, a broken arm of a chair and refreshing the appearance. Remanufactured furniture means that it is completely reworked both structurally and aesthetically.

Myth #3

By choosing recycled/remanufactured furniture your finish and fabric options are limited. On the contrary, CBR offers sustainable reupholstery and refinishing services. Your options are now limitless.

Recycling office furnishings helps cut back on the 3 million tons of office furniture and furnishings that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates is thrown out each year.

A few statistics according to The Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing team at Rochester Institute of Technology currently known as the National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery

  • Just by remanufacturing office furniture rather than buying it new, U.S. business could avoid $93 million in disposal costs and small companies could save 30-50% in purchasing costs.

  • Purchasing a remanufactured product can cost consumers 50 to 75 percent less than a new product.

  • "Today's furniture recyclers . . . contribute more than $1.2 billion of the $13.6 billion commercial furniture industry."

  • Annual energy savings resulting from remanufacturing activities worldwide is 120 trillion Btu's, which equals the electricity generated by eight nuclear power plants, or 16 million barrels of crude oil (about 350 tankers).

  • Annual material savings resulting from remanufacturing activities worldwide is 14 million tons a year, which is the equivalent of a fully-loaded railway train 1650 miles long.

  • The raw materials saved by remanufacturing in a year would fill 155,000 railroad cars forming a train 1100 miles long.

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