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.
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.
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.
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.
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