Ahrend – creating sustainable working environments
Ahrend is an international leader in office furniture and space solutions. In the last 30 years, sustainability and circularity have played a big part in their corporate strategy.
Ahrend uses the ‘less is more’ approach for its products. It starts with modular design, allowing components to be removed or replaced, which facilitates reuse and saves natural resources. Product value retention is also achieved through large scale refurbishment, re-manufacture or re-purpose activities.
‘By definition, the design of long lasting furniture delivered via a circular business model will create advantages and benefits to business, customers and society more broadly.’Ellen MacArthur Foundation
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For closing the loop, Ahrend offers ‘Furniture as a Service’, maintaining ownership of their products and assisting the user with different services. Being a company focused on eco-design and well-being, it is not an option to see their products end up in a basement or become waste. For a fixed monthly fee, they deliver work-spaces that can easily be adapted to the changing needs.
This also acts like a Sharing platform, on which they exchange furniture based on supply and demand between organizations. You can return used products as a customer, your old furniture is refurbished and re-used with another customer. This prevents waste products and materials and contributes to achieving CO2 objectives.
Asset management is a standard part of Furniture as a Service. If something breaks, it will be repaired free of charge, as the warranty applies during the full term of a contract.
Their production process uses 100% renewable energy now and takes place in a CO2 neutral environment.
Ahrend’s global carbon footprint decreased by 56% since 1990, while opening four new factories.
Manufacturing a 100% recycled chair generates 60% less CO2 compared to a ‘virgin plastic’ chair.
Ahrend is globally active, present in more than 25 countries and has a global supply chain including 5 production facilities. As early as 2011, it became the first Cradle-to-Cradle company in the office industry. They are always interested to find scaled circular material solutions to integrate in their products.