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The Circular Economy Model in Office Design

In today's fast-paced world, the traditional linear economy model in which people buy products, use

them, and throw them away is both wasteful, unethical, and harming the planet for future

generations to come. An increasingly popular way of tackling this 'transactional' approach to

consumerism has come to the fore in recent years.


The circular economy approach takes the fight to short-term thinking, championing sustainability and eco-conscious decisions throughout the supply chain. It is a transformative concept reshaping industries, including office design.


This blog post dives into the circular economy, its environmental impact, and how Fluid is at the

forefront of this sustainability revolution.


We will look into some of our repurposed furniture, discuss Fluid's unique approach to designing entire office spaces sustainably, and highlight the cutting-edge FluidSpace Flex™ service that lets you rent eco-friendly furniture for your organisation.




Understanding the Circular Economy


What is the Circular Economy?

The circular economy is an innovative approach to producing and consuming materials that

minimises waste, promotes sustainable methods, and expands the lifespan of goods. Unlike the

traditional take-make-waste economy model, the circular economy consists of five consumerism-

altering concepts: reduce-reuse-refurbish-repair-recycle, creating a closed-up cycle that eliminates

the need for disposal. This circular approach conserves resources, reduces environmental impact

and promotes a more sustainable future. 


At Fluid, we have fully adopted the circular economy model due to its potential to increase resource

efficiency, promote a more sustainable economy and reduce furniture costs. Below, we will explain

how your company or organisation can reduce their ecological footprint by prioritising the circular

approach and choosing repurposed furniture. But first, let's look more into the environmental

impact of traditional office designs.


Environmental Impact

The traditional office design industry contributes significantly to environmental degradation through

resource depletion and furniture ending up in landfills. Did you know that approximately 8.5 million

tons of furniture end up in landfills yearly?


But why is this a problem? Daily, landfills produce millions of cubic feet of methane gas and carbon

dioxide-CO2 (greenhouse gases), natural invisible results of the decomposition of organic matter.

Due to the continuous and enormous increase of waste in landfills, it is only possible to convert a

small percentage f the emissions of these gases into energy. As a result, significant amounts of

methane and CO2 escape into the atmosphere, where they warm it by trapping solar energy, causing

the Greenhouse Effect. 


Choosing repurposed office furniture in your business is a circular economy approach that helps

reduce the negative impacts of waste in landfills. Continue reading to discover how Fluid repurposes

materials such as gym floors to create furniture and how they can help you transform your entire

office.




Fluid's Circular Economy Mission


Eco-friendly Furniture

One of the ways Fluid actively embraces circular economy principles is by repurposing old materials.

Below, you'll find some of our top eco-friendly furniture picks.


Collodi

The Collodi Chair uses sustainable design to improve ergonomics and aesthetics while addressing the

problem of plastic pollution. The frame is made of local beech wood, and the shell is crafted from

compressed and molded felt created from recycled PET bottles. Around 52 bottles are used for each

chair, and the shell is shaped with only heat and pressure, without any glues or adhesives.



The Gymfloor

These wooden tables and benches have been crafted from a 40-year-old gym floor! It shows how old

materials can be reused and upcycled instead of disposed of. Read more about The Importance of

Eco-Friendly Office Furniture.



Eternity Swivel

The Eternity chair's shell is made from upcycled fibre-based waste materials provided by Danish

coffee producer BKI Kaffe and plastic waste from Grohe. Instead of burning industrial waste, this

technique allows for efficient upcycling while reducing carbon emissions.



These examples highlight the beauty of giving old material a second chance while minimising your

environmental footprint. Discover more of our sustainable furniture here, or keep reading to explore

how we can help you transform your office.



Designing Your Whole Office Sustainably


Fluid goes beyond individual furniture pieces, offering a holistic approach to sustainable office

design. By collaborating with businesses to reimagine entire workspaces, Fluid helps create

environments that reflect modern aesthetics while being environmentally responsible. This

approach involves selecting repurposed furniture, incorporating sustainable materials, and

optimising the layout for efficiency and flexibility. What is even more exciting is that at Fluid, we

offer innovative furniture rental schemes like FluidSpace Flex™.




The Unique Furniture Rental Scheme


Furniture as a Service

FluidSpace Flex™ 's unique subscription-based office furniture rental scheme embodies the spirit of

the circular economy. Instead of purchasing furniture wholly, businesses can now rent their office

furnishings and pods giving them the flexibility to increase or reduce their furniture on demand. It

also reduces the market for new production, which uses extremely high levels of energy, and

ensures that furniture can be reused, extending its lifespan and minimising waste. Still, the benefits

of furniture rental schemes continue. 


Financial and Environmental Benefits

Renting furniture with FluidSpace Flex™ offers significant financial advantages by eliminating the

need for significant upfront costs. Businesses can allocate service budgets more efficiently and

quickly adapt to evolving trends. From an environmental perspective, this actively contributes to a

circular economy by reducing the demand for new furniture production and curbing disposal of old

items.




Fluid's commitment to the circular economy is a beacon of innovation in the office design landscape.

By repurposing furniture, designing entire offices sustainably, and offering the revolutionary

FluidSpace Flex™ service, they set the standard for a more responsible and eco-friendly approach. As

businesses increasingly prioritise sustainability, Fluid Furniture is a partner in creating workspaces

that look great and contribute to a healthier planet. Choose Fluid for a transformative journey

towards sustainable and more budget friendly circular office design.


If you're looking to transform your workspace in the best possible way, don't hesitate to get in touch

with us today.





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