Making new furniture from existing components
One of the most important pillars within the circular economy is a high-quality level of reuse of products and raw materials.
First you try to reuse the products one-to-one. This can be achieved by reusing them within the organisation, or by using them elsewhere (reuse and redistribute). In both cases maintenance is often necessary. If it is not possible to reuse the products one-to-one, we will see if the parts can be reused or recycled.
Below we will tell you more about the reuse of existing components in new furniture, also known as refurbish and remanufacture.
Components are reused as much as possible in refurbish and remanufacture.
In short: refurbishing is renovating furniture. Damaged legs of a conference table, for example, are repainted or the torn upholstery of a chair is replaced. We have repainted the frame of the Van Der Sluis 555 chair on the right.
However, more and more we reuse furniture, but use the components in a completely different way. For example discarded sliding door cabinets that are used for new concentration workstations. We call this remanufacture.
Remanufacture is making new products of old components. Like this table. The table legs of the 6 meter long conference table were damaged, the colour of the tabletop was out of date and besides that the table was too big for the space it stood in.
By halving the tabletop, choosing a new colour for the tabletop and lacquering the table legs, it fits in perfectly with the new furnishing.
This proves that throwing away furniture and components just because they no longer fit in with the furniture is certainly not necessary.