Embracing Circularity: Kraft-Heinz Leads the Way in Low Carbon Office Spaces
November 15, 2023
Kraft-Heinz’s new 55,000 sq/ft Canadian Headquarters isn’t just another corporate office – it’s a trailblazer in the world of sustainable design. This isn’t your average “green” initiative; it’s a bold statement in the fight against climate change, particularly in the realm of furniture and interior design. Let’s dive into why this is such a big deal.
A New Standard in Sustainability
The term ‘sustainability’ gets tossed around a lot these days, especially in design circles. But what Kraft-Heinz and their design team, Syllable Inc, have achieved here is something far deeper. It’s not just about looking green; it’s about being green in the most impactful way.
A 2022 RESET report threw a spotlight on a staggering fact: 91% of CO2 emissions from office interiors come from raw material extraction and disposal. Kraft-Heinz’s Toronto HQ has tackled this head-on, setting a new industry benchmark for decarbonizing our workspaces.
The Furniture Factor
Here’s a shocker: furniture can account for up to 30% of a commercial building’s lifetime carbon footprint. With the frequent makeovers that modern interiors undergo, the embodied carbon in these fit-outs is significant. This is where Kraft-Heinz’s approach shines. They’ve embraced a strategy that prioritizes reuse, refurbishment, and remanufacturing. It’s not just eco-friendly; it’s economically savvy too.
The Game-Changing Approach
Jenn Chen from LMN Architects puts it perfectly: “The embodied carbon of interiors really adds up.” This project has been a masterclass in budgetary efficiency and environmental responsibility. By incorporating 70% remanufactured and certified pre-owned products, the project not only saved nearly $1,000,000 compared to traditional new furniture approaches but also cut down embodied carbon by a whopping 50%.
Syllable Design didn’t just design a space; they revolutionized the procurement process. Their approach seamlessly blended new, remanufactured, and certified pre-owned products together, setting a new standard for low carbon furniture procurement.
The Big Picture
Kraft Heinz’s Toronto Headquarters is more than a sustainable project; it’s a beacon of what the future of commercial office furniture and interior design should be. It’s a testament to what can be achieved when effective planning and financial foresight meets design excellence and environmental commitment.
Join the Revolution
This project isn’t just a case study; it’s a call to action. It shows that sustainable design is not just possible; it’s profitable and practical. If you’re inspired to take your organization down a similar path, contact us today and see how you can be part of the Remanufacturing Revolution.
Kraft-Heinz’s new Canadian headquarters is more than an office – it’s a statement, a blueprint, and a challenge to the status quo. It’s a big deal, and it’s just the beginning.