The short answer is, yes! But you might not believe us, so we’ll prove it.
Traditionally, eco-friendly – or “green” – options have been more expensive. But going green doesn’t have to put you in the red.
The Sticker Shock of Going Green
If you’ve decided to go green in your business, you may have already encountered these arguments.
1. Going Green Can Be Expensive
Price differences between traditional products and green options can be pretty extreme at first glance. A plastic shopping bag may cost 5 cents, while a reusable bag may cost $5. However, if you take home five plastic shopping bags of groceries every week you’ll spend, at minimum, $13 per year. Up front, five reusable shopping bags will cost you $25, but you’d break even just before two years. Most reusable shopping bags are built to last, and will carry your groceries home for more than two years.
On a larger scale, building a new natural gas plant may cost about $1,000 USD per kilowatt, while the installation of a solar energy system may cost upwards of $2,000 USD per kilowatt. But, again, the environmental and financial savings of solar energy are greater in the long run.
2.Going Green Takes More Time to Implement
Investing in green technology can also mean adding time to complete a project. Installing solar panels or building windmills takes longer than calling the utility company and flipping on a switch. But in the long run solar panels will save money on your utility bills, and can even make you money if you end up putting power back into the grid.
3. Green Solutions Can Be Difficult to Source
Not only is there some sticker shock when considering going green, it can also be difficult to source eco-friendly options. Initial development of these options means there is usually low availability, and few locations available to purchase from. However, as the demand for eco-friendly products increases, more manufacturers will make them, and more places will sell them.
The Sustainability Trifecta: High Quality, Affordable, Eco-Friendly
Luckily, with Envirotech, you can find the office furniture trifecta: a high quality product for a fraction of the price that is environmentally friendly and sustainable. We refurbish and remanufacture many top brands, like Haworth and Hermann Miller, and sell them for a significantly lower price. Not only is remanufactured or refurbished furniture cheaper, it is also more environmentally friendly.
Refurbishing and remanufacturing furniture requires 85-90% less energy than original production.
It also means we’re keeping all of those old out-of-style or worn out pieces of office furniture out of the landfill. Used office furniture comes to our warehouse where it is deep cleaned, parts are replaced or repaired, fabric and cushions are replaced, dents are repaired, and metal components are painted. Furniture leaves our building looking and feeling like it’s brand new.
Envirotech can also do custom refurbishment or remanufacturing projects. So you don’t even have to buy new office furniture; we can simply update it for you. We also have a whole range of office furniture for rent, so your team can keep on working while we update your resources.
Buying remanufactured or refurbished furniture for your office will save you money (think a BMW for the price of a Kia), help your company meet its sustainability goals, and show your clients and investors that you really care about the environment. That’s a win for everyone!