Reducing Furniture Carbon

Climate Change isn’t new. The Climate Change Act 2008 outlined the Government target to reduce carbon emissions from buildings by at least 80% by 2050.

To achieve this direct building CO2 emissions need to halve by 50% by 2030 and this includes the furniture.

New furniture

The simplest and easiest way to reduce carbon in furniture portfolios is to buy better and use for longer. This won’t reduce embodied carbon but it will reduce both operational and replacement carbon.

Look for furniture that has been manufactured for least harmful environmental impact – good indicators include ecolabels, product EPDs and certified timber.

Also look for long warranties and partner with a supplier who will help look after furniture from point of purchase, in-use up to and post-warranty to ensure optimal lifecycle and investment value – reducing longer-term operational carbon.

This automatically contributes to several UN SDG and improves environmental performance.
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Reducing carbon re-use

Furniture re-use

Another easy way to reduce the carbon cost of new projects is to try and re-use as much existing furniture as possible in the new designs. JPA provide repair, refresh and reupholstery services to restore condition for seamless  integration into new plans.

This automatically reduces embodied carbon to almost zero, whilst also saving valuable funds and not depleting any more of the earth’s natural resources.

Once again, partner with a supplier who will help look after furniture on an ongoing basis to ensure optimal lifecycle and investment value.

Re-use also contributes to several UN SDG and improves environmental performance.

Pre-loved furniture

With so many city-based companies on the move, it’s worth considering incorporation of pre-loved or second-life furniture in new schemes. Again, this automatically reduces embodied carbon to almost zero, whilst also saving valuable funds without further depletion of the earth’s natural resources.

If opting for pre-loved, look for known brands where quality is assured and investment protected.

Once again, partner with a supplier who will help look after furniture on an ongoing basis to ensure optimal lifecycle and investment value – reducing longer-term operational carbon.

Needless to say, pre-loved options also contribute to several UN SDG.
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Reducing carbon - Remanufacture

Furniture re-manufacture

Raw materials are becoming scarcer and more expensive so take a good look at the furniture being replace it may still be useful as something else!

“We’ve been working with JPA on the refurbishment and re-furnishing of BRE’s offices at their Watford campus.

JPA’s approach is innovative and pertinent of the times, prioritising the reuse, repurposing and refurbishment of furniture where possible along with new furniture provision and manufacture to provide solutions that are not only sustainable but reduce costs and add value.”

Ron Nkomba, Associate, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Frequently asked questions

Do you deliver and install my furniture?

JPA deliver and fully install all furniture supplied, with our very own teams of fitters in easily recognisable red liveried vehicles. Our fitters are fully trained (and DBS checked for peace of mind) and will deliver and assemble your new furniture as part of the job, leaving it ready for you to use straight away. We’ll show you how it works just in case and then also remove any packaging materials for recycling, with nothing going to landfill.

Can you help me with planning my space?

Our design team can help you plan and furnish all types and sizes of workspace including fixed desks, hot desks, breakout and collaborative spaces, chill and café spaces, meeting and mixing spaces. We help you make the most of your space, dealing with all legislative and regulatory issues so you don’t have to, whilst creating effective, engaging areas for your teams to work, rest and play.

What if I need help after my furniture has been delivered?

Because we only sell products from robust, tried and tested manufacturers, we underwrite all factory warranties free of charge. We’re happy to work with your cleaning and maintenance teams to show them how to get the best from your furniture, and also to give product training and refresher training as needed. If hot desking means that someone else keeps adjusting your chair, you need to know how to re-set it to make it work for you and get comfy. We’re here to before, during and after furniture installation.

What do I do with my old furniture?

The good news is that JPA have an award-winning furniture collection, re-use and recycling programme already in place. We can discuss options for removal of your old furniture when planning your new furniture, but can also collect your unwanted furniture as a stand alone service. Either way, we guarantee that none of your unwanted furniture goes to landfill. Simply get in touch for more details.
JPA are fully operational right now – we are quoting, taking orders, delivering and installing!

My office space is going to have to change after covid – can you help with planning?

Our teams are helping all types of organisations plan for safe return to work including layout changes, safety screens, vaccination pods and creating extra working spaces.

I need a chair for my home, can you supply it?

We have a homeworking chair and furniture programme in place with 5 day delivery – please ask for more details

How can my office be more sustainable?

Better sustainability can be achieved by all organisations of all sizes. Firstly we can help by keeping the furniture you already have in use for longer, by repairing, refreshing and reupholstering it – we call this PROJECT DODO, preventing your old furniture from becoming extinct! Not only does this prevent furniture landfill, but it’s also a cheaper option than buying new and using more resources. We can also reconfigure your furniture, re-arranging it into different set-ups to suit changing workflow and business requirements

How do I know where my furniture comes from?

The furniture we supply is from ethical and sustainable sources – with materials from managed and renewable sources. Standard fabrics carry the EcoLabel. Our supply chain is checked against stringent criteria to also make sure that product manufacturers are actively promoting social welfare both internally and down their own supply chains. You can rely on JPA for quality, sustainability and long-term value.


JPA’s Project Dodo is our own award-winning furniture maximisation programme! We work with you to help your furniture last longer before you buy new, through repairs, refresh, reupholstery, reconfiguration or off-site relocation – there’s no excuse for single use! If you really can’t use it, we’ll simply collect it and try and rehome it in the community or recycle it for materials recovery. Either way, we make it easy for your organisation to reduce furniture waste and eliminate furniture landfill.

Do I have to dispose of the packaging?

No, the good news is that after unwrapping and assembling your furniture ready for use, we collect all the packaging and take it back to our warehouse for re-use or recycling.

Can you help me re-locate my office space?

We can dismantle, pack and move organisations of all types

Can you repair furniture?

We can certainly come out to have a look to see if we can repair existing furniture, or you can send us an image. We can then advise whether repairs would be cost effective and worth the investment.

A collection of our happy clients

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Head of FM
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Their commitment, loyalty, patience and work ethic is truly outstanding and I am so very grateful to them for all that they did (plenty of sweating but thankfully no tears).
In fact all of the team are absolutely FAB and never ever let me or the JPA name down.’

Magdalen College

A quick note to say that everything went to plan and the new furniture is stunning! The guys did a sterling job and I am very pleased! This was the biggest, costliest order I have ever made and it is worth it!

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Radio Response

Congratulations on the 100 Chair Challenge - a life-saver for local charities with limited resources and an imaginative idea.

St Albans & District Talking Newspaper

I thought the scheme a great idea, not only to allow people to dispose of old chairs, but then to have them renovated and recycled really helps the environment, and the end users.

EcoService (UK) Ltd

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