17 Apr Recycled Office Cubicles 101
Office cubicles are a recyclable product! Just because an office cubicle has become “out of date” or “worn” over time, does not mean that it needs to be sent to the landfill. Remanufacturing, refurbishing, and/or reusing office cubicles will divert them from the solid waste stream and send them back out into the commercial world with a “face lift”. You can purchase your remanufactured, refurbished or recycled office cubicles from a company like New Life Office. There are many benefits including average savings of 30 to 50 percent. Recycling office cubicles is not only good for the environment but it makes good business sense too!
A common question for someone looking into purchasing cubicles is what is the different between recycled, remanufactured, refurbished and reused office furniture? Here is a little office cubicle 101 to help answer that question:
Recycled office cubicles is a term often used for any post – consumer office cubicles that have been diverted out of the solid waste stream and back into the market with or without repairs. This includes remanufactured, refurbished, and re-used (often called as is or used) office furniture, all of which are being used again. Panel walls, worksurfaces, file pedestals, binder bins, shelves, task lighting, support hardware, power poles, power raceways, pencil drawers, and keyboard trays call all be recycled.
Remanufactured office cubicles are recycled cubicles that have had value added to the product. Products are completely disassembled, parts are inspected, cleaned, repaired or replaced, reassembled and refinished to “like new” conditions, and returned to the market for sale.
Refurbished office cubicles are recycled cubicles that have had value added to the product by being touched up or cosmetically improved and then returned to the market for sale. Most often, refurbished cubicles will include a blend of both new and touched up components. For example, visible metal parts will be sanded down and painted but upholstery will be replaced.
Reused office cubicles are also known as “used”, “as is” or “pre owned” cubicles. Reused cubicles are recycled product that have been returned to the market for sale without repair or improvement to its appearance.
For the past 19 years, New Life Office has offered all three types of recycled office cubicles. We purchase top of the line Steelcase panel systems from local companies that are going out of business or downsizing. If the product is gently used and in good condition, we can offer it to our customers “As Is” at a great savings. Typically, New Life Office will purchase gently used office cubicles and refurbish them to look like new. We take painstaking care to sand down all of the metal parts like panel frames, file pedestals and binder bins. We then repaint all of the metal parts with our low VOC paint in a color chosen by the customer. Our panels are re-upholstered with new fabric in a color/pattern picked out by the customer. New Life Office offers new worksurface made with Greenguard approved laminate or we can recycle existing worksurfaces that are in good condition and coordinating colors. When it comes to storage needs, the end user can choose to use refurbished file pedestals and binder bins or purchase new ones.
No matter which of the above options you determine best fits your needs, be assured that any of them is a choice that is better for the environment than purchasing brand new office cubicles.