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TCG Sustain

What Is TCG Sustain?

 

Director & Co-Owner Sam Coggin developed the brand we know today as TCG Sustain in mid-2017. We have now fully committed our recycled office furniture to the concept of a more circular economy and launched TCG Sustain to support the awareness and adoption of supporting a more circular economy across the commercial furniture industry. All our recycled office furniture sits proudly under our TCG Sustain brand.

Our key focus is to prevent as much commercial grade office furniture from going to landfill as possible. We work with clearance companies all over the UK as well as providing our own ethical disposal services in the effort to provide a more ethical and affordable approach to large office clearances.

TCG Sustain is our stamp of approval and commitment to providing quality recycled commercial office furniture. Be sure to look out for our TCG Sustain products you may just be sat on one of our recycled chairs or working at one of our resized/recycled workstations!

All office furniture which sits under the TCG Sustain brand is recycled. This enables us to provide affordable office furniture for owner-managed and large multi-national organisations across the North West. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, exceptional skills and the processes we implement within the business to ensure all our recycled products are finished to the highest possible standard.

  • We have a number of internal processes in place to ensure the recycling of all used office furniture is systematic and delivered to a high standard of finish.
  • Office furniture enters our recycling facility, this could be off the back of an office clearance or collecting directly from a customer.
  • Products will be inspected and any faults identified.
  • The furniture is either cleaned up, refurbished or repurposed.
  • The furniture is then reassembled and tested to ensure the product functions correctly.
  • All products are then either returned to the customer or offered for sale.

Benefits of reuse Case Study: Office Furniture by WRAP

Office Desks

Approximately 200,000 desks (ca 5000 tonnes) are reused in some way in the UK every year. This is approximately 14% of desks reaching the end of their life each year. The remainder go to landfill, energy recovery and recycling.

The key environmental, financial and employment benefits associated with this reuse activity are:

  • Current levels of reuse of desks avoids 3,600 tonnes CO2-eq per year.
  • Providing 1 tonne of desks for direct reuse e.g. second hand shop or eBay can result in a net GHG savings of 0.4 tonnes CO2-eq when compared to landfill.
  • Providing 1 tonne of desks to a preparation for reuse network can result in a net GHG saving of 0.2 tonnes CO2-eq compared to landfill.
  • Each desk reused can yield over £80 net revenue to reuse organisations / government in combination (discounting wider costs or losses to householders, offices or businesses)
  • Businesses are estimated to spend £9 million per annum disposing of desks to landfill.
  • Businesses benefit by £8.2million per year as a result of purchasing reused desks in place of new desks. However, they also spend £13.9 million per year on reused desks which do not displace new products, giving a net cost to purchasing businesses of £5.7 million.
  • The net employment benefit of dealing with all desks that reach the end of their life today (business-as-usual) is 200 jobs. There are approximately 150 jobs in reuse organisations.
  • The most important parameter for all indicators is the extent of avoiding the purchase of new desks as a result of reuse – the so-called displacement effect. Figure i below shows how greenhouse savings vary with different displacement effects for preparation for reuse, with the current, business-as-usual situation highlighted in red. If all desks reused through this pathway were bought in place of new items, the greenhouse gas savings could increase to almost 2.5 tonnes CO2-eq per tonne desks. This highlights that the impact of reuse is determined by whether or not the person purchasing a reused desk does so in place of a new item or not.

Office Chairs

Approximately 295,000 office chairs (3,500 tonnes) are reused in some form in the UK every year. This represents 14% of all office chairs reaching the end of their life each year. The remaining 86% are sent to recycling, energy recovery or landfill.

The key environmental, financial and employment benefits associated with this reuse activity are:

  • Current levels of reuse of office chairs avoids 12,000 tonnes CO2-eq per year.
  • Providing 1 tonne of office chairs for direct reuse e.g. second-hand shop or eBay can result in a net GHG saving of 3 tonnes CO2-eq. This is just over 35kg CO2-eq per chair.
  • Providing 1 tonne of office chairs to a preparation for reuse network can result in a net GHG saving of 2.6 tonnes CO2-eq net. This is approximately 30kg CO2-eq per chair.
  • The proportion of chair requiring refurbishment does not significantly alter the environmental benefits of preparation for reuse. This is illustrated in figure ii below. The reason for this is the relatively low impact of refurbishment compared to the higher impact of avoided production.
  • As well as the carbon benefits, there are parallel resource and energy savings as a result of this reuse activity.
  • Each chair reused can yield over £6 net revenue to reuse organisations (discounting wider costs or losses tohouseholders, offices or businesses)
  • Business users and households benefit by over £6m per year as a result of sale of items through reuse exchange and avoiding purchase of (more expensive) new items.
  • The net employment benefit of dealing with all office chairs that reach the end of their life today (business-as- usual) is 20 jobs.

WRAPS estimates that office desks and chairs for about 21% and 13% respectively of all office furniture that reaches the end of its life in any particular year. The net benefits of reusing all office furniture are obviously even higher than for the individual categories above. The results above can be extrapolated for all office furniture, especially for the financial benefits. For the employment opportunities and environmental benefits, we recommend more caution as the results are strongly dependent on the question of whether or not reused items are more or less likely to substitute for imported or domestically produced goods and the material composition of the product.

The environmental impact of reuse is also influenced by the material composition of the reused item, and the item it displaces. Office chairs typically comprise several materials including materials with high carbon intensities. Desks generally comprise wood and small quantities of metal and plastic. As wood has a relatively low environmental impact under the indicators selected, the burden avoided by reuse is relatively small.

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