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Workplace and classroom furniture broader outcomes

The government has made it a priority to achieve broader outcomes that go beyond the immediate purchase of goods and services.

See below for details on how the workplace and classroom furniture contract can be used to support your agency’s sustainability goals.

Environmental certifications

Suppliers are working to increase the proportion of their products that have environmental certifications.

Environmental certifications like Australasian Furnishing Research and Development Institute (AFRDI) Green Tick, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) or GreenTag, indicate the product has been manufactured sustainably. You can help reduce the carbon footprint of your office or classroom fit-out by taking a more intentional approach to purchasing products with environmental certifications.

GECA, Green Tag Level A and AFRDI Green Tick are the highest ‘tier 1’ certifications for furniture. Certified products are not harmful to the environment, are sustainably manufactured and built to last.

Not all products can achieve the above ratings. Greenguard is a certification that covers chairs and soft seating, but these products would struggle to achieve a tier 1 rating.

New Zealand manufacturing

Buying New Zealand-made products promotes local industry and creates jobs for New Zealanders. It has the added benefit of reducing carbon emissions associated with imported products. Suppliers are working to increase the proportion of their product catalogue that is made in New Zealand.

Packaging and repurposing

Suppliers are working to reduce the amount of non-recyclable packaging used when installing furniture during fit-outs.

Selected suppliers can repurpose and re-use old furniture instead of sending it to landfill. This reduces waste by increasing the useful life of furniture.


It is a contractual obligation for our panel suppliers that they must track and aim to reduce emissions throughout the full term of the contract. Suppliers will report to GPG on their emission reduction efforts each year.

Supplier specific broader outcomes

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Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

Vidak was able to support MBIE’s move towards activity based working by converting standard desk stations into sit-to-stand desks. The existing tech adjust legs on the engage workstation system were removed and replaced with sit-to-stand legs. Repurposing the existing workstations resulted in less waste to landfill and was more economical than purchasing brand new workstations.


New Zealand Customs Service

Aspect partnered with New Zealand Customs Service to convert large amounts of existing corner workstations into straight desks. They were able to repurpose almost all components whilst allowing New Zealand Customs Service to align with the Government National Property Strategy (GNPS) principles. This is a good example of reusing existing furniture rather than disposal or recycling.

Government National Property Strategy (GNPS) principles


Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)

LINZ outlined a brief that had clear economic and sustainable requirements. Europlan helped LINZ convert six floors from a fixed height desking system to electric height adjustable. This meant they were able to reuse the existing desk tops and cable trays. The old aluminium and steel components were recycled through a metal recycler. This initiative has achieved successful outcomes for this project in managing the lowest possible carbon footprint and minimal waste throughout the furniture life cycle.

Packaging was reused project to project and when it became no longer useful, was recycled appropriately. Blanket wrapping was Europlan’s primary form of transport protection ensuring reduced use of cardboard.