In a postpandemic context, the circular economy can play a central role in the valorisation of the office furniture industry. The project between Hydro-Québec and Inovem, entitled Circular Economy at the Heart of Office Furniture Conception: Towards Furniture Reuse Within the Industry,' aims to revolutionize this industry by integrating the reuse of surplus furniture.
In fact, the reduction in office spaces due to telework prompts a reconsideration of the fate of thousands of pieces of furniture. However, in Quebec, the absence of a structured recovery system poses a challenge. The initiative aims to write new chapters in the industry, with specific objectives such as drafting public tenders, supporting partner companies, collecting data on environmental impact, and scaling up. This appoach promises to transform the industry by reducing its ecological footprint while opening up a new path in furniture reuse.
Affiliated research axes
Axis 2: Planning Optimization2.1 – Support the development and use of tools to analyze and monitor the circular economy
2.2 – Develop indicators to measure circularity
Axis 3: Resource and Product Maximization3.2 – Develop a conceptual framework of tools that may be mobilized to identify better circularization scenarios for products, components and resources at the end of their life cycles
3.3 – Identify models for product circularization strategies