Steelcase announced a new Environmental Partnership Program with Institution Recycling Network (IRN). The partnership between Steelcase – a leading maker of office furniture – and IRN matches unneeded office furnishngs with non-profit groups around the world.
The furniture can be recycled, sold, or donated, to another organization, which minimizes the amount sent to landfill. When Notre Dame moved its Law School in January, the university donated 1600 pieces of furniture to Food for the Poor, a charitable organization in Jamaica and Haiti. While it cost $14,000 to have IRN recycle it, it would have cost $20,000 to send it to landfill.
Typical recipients include U.S. cities damaged by natural disasters and developing communities who use the furniture to build schools, clinics and businesses.