4 Factors to Consider When Choosing Sustainable Classroom Furniture
Schools with eco-friendly initiatives are on the rise as educators aim to create sustainable classrooms. Today, sustainable classroom storage, chairs and desks are popular options for classrooms in Australia. When selecting sustainable classroom furniture, consider choosing pieces that will meet the needs of your class and students. Take note that your furniture should not only be durable but also stylish.
Here are four factors to consider when selecting sustainable classroom furniture.
Vision and Goals
The first two things to consider are the vision and goals of your classroom. What classroom activities will your students do? What do you aim to achieve by using sustainable furniture? You can consider broader questions before selecting your furniture to ensure that your classroom is conducive to learning.
After your vision and goals have been established, you can browse through our range of classroom furniture to find the pieces that match your preferences. You can also give us a call to request one of our classroom furniture specialists to visit your classroom to determine the right furniture that is aligned with your vision and goals.
Robustness is an important factor to consider when selecting sustainable classroom furniture. Most traditional sustainable furniture uses responsibly sourced wood such as bamboo, walnut and eucalyptus. These types of wood are very durable and can withstand the test of time.
If you are looking for contemporary materials, choose our Flexistack ™ mobile tray storage units. This range is made in Australia from E0 material and uses the Gratnells tray storage system, which is recyclable and manufactured by a company supportive of initiatives of The Carbon Trust. The durability of these units is backed up by a comprehensive 10-year warranty.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is a type of certification that helps consumers identify which products are eco-friendly. GECA set the standards for environmentally responsible products that are sold in the Australian market. The standards and the certification process helps manufacturers take action to improve the environmental impact of their products. By choosing GECA-certified school furniture such as the Okidoki Range, you’ll have the confidence that you are using products that lower the impact on the environment.
Made from Recyclable Materials
Classroom furniture that’s manufactured from sustainable materials is often made of polypropylene, renewable timber or steel. Using furniture made of these materials allows you to divert waste from being delivered to landfills. Instead, you can bring this waste to recycling firms to reprocess the material into a new product. Using recyclable, renewable raw materials means that less fumes and harmful gases will be produced through the manufacturing of the products, and using local manufacturers like Office Line means that production processes are closely controlled and emissions produced by factories and transportation are minimised.
If you are looking for durable and sustainable classroom furniture, look no further than Office Line. We have a wide range of desks and chairs that are made of polypropylene and have GECA certification. All our classroom furniture is made to sustain daily use and come with long reliable warranties. Our new EN One Eco Chair is now made from 100% fully recycled materials.
We also have a product care and maintenance service that increases the life of your furniture. This service involves refurbishing of exiting furniture. Not only is this a sustainable service, but it is an economically sound decision for schools. We also offer responsible disposal of old furniture and, in some cases, reuse of old furniture for not-for-profit organisations.
For more details on our sustainable classroom furniture and services, give us a call on 1800 333 116.
- Amanda Firman