There is no government department, major corporate or business in New Zealand that isn’t concerned about the environmental harm caused by non-sustainable work practices and the wastage of resources. Companies are now looking to integrate the principles of sustainability into their policies and programmes. They are also expecting their suppliers to do the same.
FIL Furniture are committed to servicing these organisations through the delivery of environmental, social and economic benefits. We are New Zealand’s market leader in the sale and leasing of upcycled, environmentally sustainable office furniture.
The Circular Economy
Our philosophy is to strive for a ‘circularity’ within our business. The circular economy offers a sustainable alternative to the repeated culling and manufacturing of virgin resource, the need for recycling and the need for waste and landfill. Most commercial grade office furniture is made to last a lifetime, that’s why our selection of upcycled inventory is difficult to distinguish from brand new. Circularity is a regenerative system aimed at driving cost savings for customers, by making the most of available resources.
FIL Furniture specialise in upcycling secondhand commercial grade office furniture and equipment. Upcycling, is a form of recycling that involves turning an unwanted item into a better quality product and sending it back up the supply chain. The purest form of upcycling is immediate reuse with minimal remodelling. However, upcycling can also involve the resizing of desk tops, re-laminating surfaces, new fabrics on screens and chairs, new castor wheels or a funky new paint job on your old filing cabinets.
FIL Furniture Usage Hierarchy
Our goal is for zero furniture going to landfill. To achieve this we have a usage hierarchy designed to ensure that nothing goes to waste.
The Benefits of Upcycling vs Recycling
While both upcycling and recycling have similar goals, there is a clear distinction.
Recycling is the process of converting waste or unwanted materials into a new product or adding it to a reusable product.
Upcycling is a form of recycling something unwanted, and making it reusable, fit for purpose and great to look at.
The difference between upcycling and recycling is clear. For example, when we return glass drink bottles back into circulation they are impossible to distinguish from bottles that are brand new. This is upcycling as the bottles are going back up the supply chain. As a comparison, plastic food containers can’t be reused for their original purpose as the integrity of the plastic has been compromised. As a result, they are re-manufactured into something different like clothing, carpet or toys. This is recycling as it goes down the supply chain rather than back up.
Working With FIL Furniture
FIL are both buyers and sellers of office furniture and equipment. The circular economy only works if we commit to reducing the consumption of virgin stock and natural resources while taking waste out of the system. If you have quality commercial grade furniture and are remodelling, re-branding, clearing space or planning an office relocation, we are happy to assess it and discuss the options. If our furniture assessors see value in your surplus furniture we often offset the clearance, relocation and installation costs through cash back deductions. We can also sell on your behalf.