When you’re purchasing office furniture but want to lessen your impact on the environment it’s important to consider where your furniture is coming from.
Are the materials recycled?
Many of our products use recycled materials in their production, from plastic to steel and wood. This reduces our footprint on the environment, but can actually also be a more cost effective solution when used correctly.
We use veneer and melamine finishes on a substrate made from chipped wood and resin, which can also contain wasted wood and forest trimmings (materials that would otherwise go to waste). These are glued with low formaldehyde glues to comply with Australia’s E0 standard. Wood isn’t the only material that can be recycled though, steel frames, workstation legs and modesty panels are just some of the other parts and products that are over 90% recyclable in the Krost collection.
Recycled (or recyclable) doesn’t mean lesser quality, however. All our products come with a minimum 3 year warranty, but most of our range features 5 year warranties.
Can I reuse the furniture in the future?
As well as being recyclable, the product’s lifespan, reusability and versatility are equally important. If you need to relocate, our workstation systems ensure your office furniture can be moved and refitted with your business. All Krost systems are adaptable and can be disassembled and reused in different configurations.
Is the company using processes that consider the environment?
We are one of the few company’s in our industry to hold the international certifications of ISO 14001for our environmental management system and ISO 9001 for our quality management system. ISO 14001 details how our products are designed and manufactured with a viewpoint on maximising our environmental efficiencies and also gives us a framework for continual improvement.
Further, products can undergo particular third party certifications, such as GECA or AFRDI reviews, to assure customers of quality, sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. Many of our products feature these certifications. Our raw materials are sourced from suppliers that offer chain of custody over the materials, ensuring that the wood is from well managed sustainable sources.
Wastage is also an important factor in the design and production of office furniture. With our ISO 14001 coupled with our ISO 9001 certifications, we have tangible and realistic management systems to reduce wastage, such as segregation, disposal, environmental reporting and effective record keeping. These measures ensure we can effectively control and minimise impacts to the environment.