The rise of the sustainable office


The rise of office sustainability has every organisation considering new ways of becoming more environmentally friendly. Once considered a thing of luxury to opt for natural, recyclable materials, the sustainable office is now on the verge of becoming a necessity.
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One of the key reasons for this eco-friendly change is the emergence of evidence that correlates workforce productivity and ‘green’ offices. Employees can be satisfied or dissatisfied with sustainable building attributes, so in order to get the most from your team, your organisation might want to align office design with the needs of your staff.

1950s office

The 1950’s office paved the way for the subsequent thirty years. Efficiency was key, so open-plan spaces that were locked away from the outside world were favoured. During this period, the workspace lacked a human-centric approach, so working hours were undoubtedly long and tedious for employees.

Grey, barren colour schemes became on-trend during the 80’s, and private office cubicles were abundant. Though personal spaces were intended to improve employees lives and create a sense of importance, they did little but dishearten and isolate workers from colleagues. Collaboration was not considered a necessity.

In the late 2010’s, the significant introduction of biophilia as a workplace concept set a new, human-centric precedent. Fluorescent lighting and air conditioning were replaced with natural light and fresh air. The incorporation of natural materials, living green walls and water features gave rise to an environmentally friendly workspace that provided greater wellbeing and happiness amongst employees. The office as we knew it was changing for the better.

Cut to 2021, where organisations are transforming eye-catching architecture into sustainable buildings. The Marco Polo Tower in Hamburg has built each floor just a few degrees from the one beneath, creating overhangs to protect residents from direct sunlight and negate the need for air conditioning. The Pixel Building in Australia generates its own power and water on site, while eye-catching panels are utilised to maximise daylight.

Unlike the above, sustainable choices don’t have to cost the earth and can organically evolve over time. You can begin small, by making intelligent furniture choices that utilise natural materials. Showing your workforce that you are taking strides to protect the environment and promote wellbeing will result in a happier, more productive environment. In turn, you will be contributing to a substantial reduction in waste, harmful chemicals and pollution thanks to well-informed design. Commercial buildings produce around 18% of the U.K.’s carbon emissions, so you can see how much advancement is still necessary.

Relic at work

We can all play a small part, and at Frövi, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We consider waste throughout the process of a products life-cycle, from raw material through to sustainable production methods. And our processes are clearly working, as our Furniture Industry Sustainable Programme (FISP) score has risen from 56% in 2016 to 90% in 2020.

Sustainability and luxury are not mutually inclusive. Nowadays, you can incorporate environmentally friendly options and actually improve the appearance of your office.

Our Bamboo office furniture range epitomises the sleek and minimalistic office design that many companies now desire. As one of our most environmentally friendly range, Bamboo offers a contemporary way of zoning and organising spaces that is configurable to any workspace. It is also made with recyclable PET, meaning that plastic bottles are going into product use and not the ocean.
For a functional furniture option, Frövi’s dual-purpose Kork Stool can be customised for both seating and side-table use while bringing a beautiful, natural feel to any office space. Made entirely from sustainable materials and 100% recyclable, the Kork Stool offers a natural cork finish that is well-suited to any environment. Whether you choose to use it as a seat, or combine it to make a side-table, its super light weight means that you can move it around with ease.
Orbit Table

Every break and relaxation area requires a coffee table. It’s virtually an unwritten law!

At Frövi, our Orbit Coffee Table is made from recycled fridge freezer plastic, is timeless in design and unrivalled in functionality. Designed to replicate a celestial body, Orbit comprises a smaller recycled plastic table that ‘orbits’ and floats around the larger glass top. Much more than just a satisfying aesthetic, it is durable and hard-wearing, and designed to withstand the robust needs of any working environment.

With many companies making the move to a more sustainable future for the workspace, we encourage you to participate in this ever-growing shift. By illustrating to your workforce that you have their wellbeing at heart, you will be rewarded with greater productivity and loyalty. You will also gain an immense feeling of self-satisfaction that you are part of the solution to create a healthier environment for all.

Let Frövi be your choice for sustainable furniture by getting in touch and speaking to one of our experts.

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