Environmental Impact of Remanufacturing
Remanufacturing? What's that?
Remanufacturing involves the dismantling, cleaning, repairing, replacing components as necessary, and reassembling to produce a like new product that is functionally and cosmetically as good as or better than new.
Remanufacturing consumes far less energy and fewer raw materials than the original manufacturing process.
Did you know?
- Each year, the remanufacturing of office panels alone, throughout the US, results in energy savings that could power over 35,000 average U.S. households for one full year. Restated, each year we remanufacture panels, we save 850 million pounds of raw materials and avoid creation and release of 690 million pounds on carbon dioxide into the environment, thus helping reduce the "Greenhouse" effect on Mother Earth.
- The energy savings from remanufacturing a single office workstation could power 10 average American households for one whole day. Doing 500,000 (as we do) powers 5 million houses for a day - or your house for 13,700 years!
- And that the Office Furniture Remanufacturing Industry is second to none in-
- Conserving Natural Resources: Office furniture recycling reduces the exploitation of limited natural resources by extending the lives of resources in circulation. National resources, such as wood and aluminum, as well as steel, plastics, and fiber, may be reused over and over to the fullest extent possible.
- Solid Waste Stream Reduction: By recycling office furniture, the products as well as the natural resources are diverted from the solid waste stream. For example, fabrics on panel systems tend to wear out and the colors become outdated. By remanufacturing, the fabrics can be replaced and the office furniture returned to the market for a second life. Recycling results in fewer products filling up limited landfill space.
- Energy Conservation: Recycling office furniture conserves labor and manufacturing energy. Labor energy is conserved in post-consumer product because the amount of labor required altering an existing product is less than the labor required manufacturing a new product. Manufacturing energy is conserved when metals are kept out of the re-melting process as well as in other manufacturing processes.
- Air Pollution: Recycling reduces rge pollution caused by the manufacturing process. Carbon monoxide (CO), Carbon dioxide (CO2), Sulfer oxides (SOx), nitrous oxides (NOx), violatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particulate matter are all reduced by recycling office furniture. By reducing the amounts of these contaminants, global warming, acid rain, photochemical smog, and other forms of air pollution are also reduced.
- Relevant Statistics:
- Based on a survey of OFRF (Office Furniture Recyclers Forum) members, their sales of recycled furniture are $1.2 billion, which represents only 9% of the commercial furniture industry - don't you see a 91% opportunity?
- Recycled office furniture has a recovery content of about 86%. This includes recycled wood, metal, plastics, fabrics, paint, laminates, and cardboard. This dwarfs the EPA's recommended levels of 25 - 30% for these materials.
- Conclusion: Remanufacturing is the ultimate form of recycling. It provides both societal benefits and added value to products. Remanufacturing conserves natural resources, reduces the amount of products filling landfills, and saves manufacturing and labor energy while adding value to the post-consumer product. Remanufactured office furniture is stripped to its bare parts, reassembled, and made to resemble a new product - all at lower costs!
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