Sustainable Building Materials in Ireland

Buzzwords abound in the business world. And this decade’s buzzword is sustainability. This puts our generation at a cusp in history. If we implement sustainability in our workplaces, and our lives, we might be able to halt global warming and save the planet.
Sustainability is far more than just another buzzword.
So let’s get down to brass tacks – what is sustainability, specifically in the context of building furniture?
Sustainable building furniture is produced and used in ways that minimises its environmental impact while maximising its efficiency and durability. In other words, we use materials that are easy to get without destroying the environment, and that work very well. In Ireland, there is an increasing awareness and adoption of sustainable building practices and materials.
The good news is that it is not difficult to go sustainable. For instance, one of the most commonly used sustainable raw materials in Ireland is timber. Timber is a renewable product, and has a low carbon footprint compared to materials such as steel and plastic. Once you use steel it is gone, unless you recycle. But with timber – just plant a tree for every one you rip up.
Wood is tough, versatile, and can look beautiful. In addition, using wood for furniture can help to support the Irish forestry industry and promote sustainable land use.
So next time you need an office chair, consider wood instead of plastic. It’s that easy.
Recycling is another option. Don’t buy new, buy second-hand.

Sustainable site office furniture

Site office furniture is furniture designed for use in temporary workspaces, such as construction sites, or at events such as conferences, or other short-term projects. Such pieces are generally light-weight and easy to move. Sometimes they can be almost disposable, but sustainability is still possible in this environment.
A key principle of sustainable site office furniture is the use of environmentally friendly materials – materials that are renewable, recycled, or sustainably sourced.
At one stage built-in obsolescence was the thing. Design products to have a limited lifespan, so that you could make new sales when they wore out. But that is not a sustainable strategy. Sustainable site office furniture is designed to last, even site furniture. This means that it is built to withstand heavy use and can be easily repaired or refurbished if necessary, rather than being replaced. By designing furniture to last longer, manufacturers can reduce waste and promote that other buzzword, the circular economy.
Finally, sustainable site office furniture is designed with ergonomics in mind. This means that the furniture is comfortable and promotes good posture, reducing the risk of workplace injuries and improving productivity. We love helping you find furniture that is good for you, and good for the planet.

Sustainable building furniture

Building furniture, unlike site furniture, is designed for use in permanent structures, such as offices, factories, schools, and other commercial buildings. The pieces are usually larger and more complex than site furniture, and are designed to last longer.
This means they will be heavier and more substantial, and may have decorative features that site furniture lacks.
Sustainable building furniture follows the same principles of sustainable site furniture – reuse, recycle, build from renewable materials such as wood or bamboo, and so on. And with building furniture it is very easy to find old pieces that can be repurposed.
Sustainable building furniture is designed to be long-lasting and durable. This works great for building furniture, which can withstand heavy use and can be easily repaired or refurbished if necessary, rather than being replaced.
Overall, sustainable building furniture is an important consideration for architects, builders, and designers looking to reduce their environmental impact and create healthier living and working environments. By choosing sustainable furniture, we can promote a more sustainable future while also improving the quality of our built environment.

The benefits of sustainable furniture

The obvious benefit is environmental – sustainable furniture has a lower carbon footprint than non-sustainable furniture. It protects the planet and allows you to do your own bit to control global warming.
Then there are the health benefits – sustainable materials normally do not contain harmful chemicals or toxins. Furniture made from natural materials like wood, bamboo, or organic cotton can help reduce exposure to synthetic chemicals that are found in plastic and synthetic furniture.
And sustainable furniture is often built to last longer than traditional furniture. This means that it can withstand wear and tear better, which reduces the need for replacement. Items of furniture can be taken from site to site, and reused. By investing in durable and long-lasting furniture, you can save money in the long run and reduce waste.
Lastly, there is the look. If you spend some time browsing a second hand store you can often find a gem of a piece that has character and style, and that will bring you joy as well as being useful.
Overall, the benefits of sustainable furniture go beyond just reducing your environmental impact. Sustainable furniture can improve your health, save you money, and support a more responsible and ethical world.
It’s not just win-win. It’s win-win-win-win-win.
We are a second hand (pre-loved) furniture store, so we are the essence of sustainability. When you dump a piece of furniture and buy a new one, you are acting in the old, irresponsible way. But when you reuse – either by selling on your old furniture, or buying second hand, you are supporting the sustainability agenda. And that benefits us all.

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