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Upcycling furniture when its lifetime seems to be over

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Have you ever thought about what you can do with that chair, desk or drawer in your office once its lifetime seems to be over?

Surely you have heard, seen or even done some DIY at home, which might have included making something new out of something already existing. So you already know what upcycling is all about, basically!

Upcycling furniture

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But why only DIY at home? Why not bring it to your business too?! 

You don’t have to simply throw old furniture away and let it end up in landfill. You should rather upcycle it! There are various ways in which your old furniture can be upcycled and re-used.

One option could be to have an upcycling day on which you engage your employees in reassembling, repainting, and rebuilding of the furniture in your office that you would have other ways thrown out or that might need a new touch. This initiative can also have a great side effect on team building and team work. It also saves you the cost of buying new furniture!

Another option would be to give your old furniture to secondhand establishments instead of sending it to landfill. There are secondhand establishments specifically focusing on upcycling old furniture and reselling it.

Also, you can donate your furniture to church groups, youth centres, temples, and other societal establishments!

Upcycling furniture not only reduces the waste send to landfill, but it also reduces the waste generated in manufacturing processes and the used resources for producing new pieces.

You can read more about this under number 2 of these Green Business Ideas for Eco-Minded Entrepreneurs.

Under the points 38. to 40. on Tweak Your Biz you can find some ideas on Re-Using Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment.

And lastly, find out more about Upcycling Becomes a Treasure Trove for Green Business Ideas!


Central Hospitality InternationalCentral Hospitality International had their Sustainable event of Eco-friendly Holiday Tree competition 2015.

We create much waste each year and it is important to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Especially during the holiday seasons are the events which always create a lot of waste per year. There are many things we can do to reduce the waste we create and be able to celebrate guilt free festive season together. Central Hospitality International had 22 hotels in Thailand join the campaign and the awards go to:

1st Award Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi

2nd Award Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

3rd Award Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld

4th Award Centara Watergate Pavilion Hotel Bangkok

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Waste disposal is expensive – for your pocket and for our planet, our only home.

ed_DSC0499_lowAccording to Green Hotelier’s “Waste Management,” a hotel guest generates about 1kg (2lb) of waste per night, more than half of it in paper, plastic and cardboard. In addition to negative environmental impact, minimizing the amount of waste a business produces is important because waste has rising cost implications in both disposal and initial purchase, if the materials are not used. As described by Green Hotelier, in the UK, for example, landfilling costs are now £48 per tonne (1.1 tons) compared to £18 a tonne in 2005.

Tourism operators generate a range of different wastes. The size and type of operation will influence how much waste is produced. The location of the tourism operation will also affect the impact its waste has on the surrounding community and environment. By considering the availability of possible reuse and recycling options, we help reduce waste to landfills.

Reducing the amount of waste is one of the simplest and most effective ways for tourism operators to both reduce their environmental impact and improve their bottom line. Here are some more resources to help you start:

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In 1999, Kaikoura District Council adopted what is now known as the EarthCheck Sustainable Communities Program. This provided them with a framework to reduce the environmental impact of the community’s activities upon the increasingly popular region.    This case study outlines how EarthCheck was chosen as the environmental management system to help Kaikoura measure, monitor and manage the impacts of the town’s broad-ranging activities.

by EarthCheck