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Recycled Office Furniture Market to Reach Over $2 Billion by 2020

According to a research study conducted by leading global technology research and advisory company Technavio, analysts forecast the recycled office furniture market in the US will reach $2.68 billion by 2020.

Looking at a competitive market scenario, vendors are increasingly developing their operational efficiency to increase production and reduce costs. They are using wood waste for construction purposes and taking advantage of on-site and off-site recycling processes to increase production.

Brijesh Kumar Choubey, one of Technavio’s lead analyst for research on retail goods and services, says, “With the competition in the market becoming more intense over the years, many vendors are using online media to enhance reach and overall value for customers, which include corporate businesses, small business owners, and home office furniture buyers. Manufacturers are also opting for direct marketing through catalogs.”

Technavio consumer and retail analysts highlight the following three factors that are contributing to the growth of the recycled office furniture market in the US:

•   Rise in number of offices in the US

•   Growing demand for customization of office furniture

* Increased demand for eco-friendly office furniture

The rise in the number of office buildings and technology parks in the US has enhanced the sales of office furniture in the past few years. With multinational companies (MNCs) expanding their businesses into new cities and countries, and with the rise in the number of employees, office spaces across the country are also expanding. This is expected to lead to increased demand for recycled office furniture over the next five years.

Customized and made-to-order furniture made out of recycled materials has been gaining significant customer interest in the last five years. Companies like Contact Furnishings, RecycledBrooklyn, Business Furniture of Long Island, Davies Office, and others offer high-quality office furniture that is remanufactured and refurbished, and also furniture that is made completely from recycled materials such as industrial materials and old wood. With office and commercial spaces becoming increasingly conscious of the need to combine design with functionality and sustainability goals while also keeping costs to a minimum, a growing number of them are opting for customized recycled furniture. The rise of the home office culture has also led to considerable demand for customized recycled furniture. Domestic manufacturers are using mass customization as a strategy to maintain their competitive edge, particularly with the import of furniture gaining ground.

Rising concerns about the preservation of the environment are leading to an increase in demand for recycled and green office furniture. Furniture manufacturers are increasingly using eco-friendly materials for their products. Vendors today are considering long-term ecological sustainability while manufacturing furniture products, and use wood that is sourced from sustainably grown forests. Metals used include a requisite quantity of recycled content, and substances that have heavy metals or tri-organic content are not used.

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA), a non-profit trade association of business and institutional furniture manufacturers, has developed standards and guidelines to help office furniture manufacturers and suppliers to ensure that their business practices promote environmental equilibrium, health, and human wellbeing. The ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard and the ANSI/BIFMA M7.1-2011 FES Test Method are examples of guidelines that ensure the production of office furniture is eco-friendly and sustainable.

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