Article Title: How Steelcase’s Initiatives Support a Circular Economy
Author of Article: Mallory Szczepanski
Date of article: September 6, 2017
An estimated 8.5 million tons of furniture waste goes to landfills annually. According to Steelcase, the root cause is “an economic model that is built on taking, making, and throwing away.” This Grand Rapids, Michigan furniture designer and manufacturer is looking for ways to enhance an organization’s bottom line, and open up new ways to conduct business. Their Eco-Services and Phase 2 programs help companies evaluate their furniture inventory for opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle.
1. What are the benefits to companies of participating in the Eco-Services or Phase 2 programs?
Guidance: Discuss the concepts of triple bottom line/sustainability, of waste management, leaning a business.
2. How could the Steelcase initiatives be applied to other business uses?
Guidance: A great opportunity to re-imagine/brainstorm ways to repurpose waste or excess inventory. Steelcase has found a way to turn the concept of reducing furniture waste into a business opportunity.
3. What is the tipping point for you or your organization to pay more for products that have a positive Continue reading