Why source sustainable furniture, fixtures and fittings?
The term furniture, fixtures and fittings refers to the thousands of items purchased to fit out hotels – prior to opening, during refurbishment or simply as part of the ongoing operation. It does not include consumable items such as food and drink, newspapers or guest amenities. All furniture, fixtures and fittings have socio-economic and environmental impacts associated with their manufacture, use and disposal. By considering these issues as part of the purchasing process, you can greatly reduce your overall environmental impact and make a positive contribution to sustainability.
What are the issues?
In the past, the most important considerations for purchasing managers were whether what was being purchased was ‘fit for purpose’ and issues such as quality, effectiveness, value for money, design and product lifespan. However today, responsible hotel operators should also factor in other criteria which take into account the impacts involved throughout the product’s life cycle. They may include some or even all of the following, where applicable:
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