Sustainable design in the UK office furniture sector - a scoping study
This scoping study was commissioned by the DTI to asses the barriers that exist to prevent the office sector operating in an optimal sustainable fashion. Recommendations are made for improvements in many areas and an action plan developed.
- Background to the sector
- Sustainability - current situation
- Recommendations and action plan
- Appendix I: Sustainable Technologies Initiative (STI) matrix
- Appendix II: Sustainable Technologies Initiative
Packaging must ensure that a finished product reaches the end-user in the desired condition. Furniture companies spend an average of 1.85% of turnover on packaging, including associated raw materials and labour. With annual manufacturer sales of around Â£7 billion, this equates to a bill of Â£129 million per annum for...
With damage return rates as high as 15% in some businesses, improving packaging and packaging practice (without upward spiralling costs) is key to maintaining profitability and protecting customer confidence.
With the threat to profits from damage so high, a report into improving packaging was deemed a necessity.
This report forms part of the Biffaward Programme on Sustainable Resource Use. The study suggests that nearly 90% of the 1.5 million tonnes of wood that was used in packaging in 2002 was used for the production of pallets. The main receivers of wood packaging were identified as non-timber related...