GREEN & SOCIAL OFFICE SPACE

Flagship Green & Social Procurement Project

This project was made possible due to the vision and commitment from the National Waste Collection Permit Office to supporting reuse and social enterprise.

The NWCPO issued a request for quotation for the Delivery, Assembly & Installation of Upcycled Furniture to their new office space in Tullamore in April 2019. A consortium of CRNI members was awarded this project including The Rediscovery Centre , ReMark accredited Back2New and CRNI. Collaboration Ireland assisted with the initial project management.

The project involves fitting out 16 work stations, two meeting rooms, a canteen and chill out room, a lobby and an outdoor seating area with 100% preloved and upcycled furniture. As shown above, the primary partners in the project are social enterprises making this one of the first Green and Social Public Procurement exercises in Ireland.

The Project in Numbers

  • 97 items of furniture
  • 10 x different suppliers including CRNI members Rediscovery Centre, Back2New, RecycleIT, FreeTrade and an ICSA member; furniture clearances at UCD and Henkel; 2nd hand Office furniture suppliers Griffin Office Solutions and Aline Office Furniture Ltd; and Adverts (private sale).
  • Approx 2.6 tonnes CO2[1] saved through sourcing preloved and upcycled furniture

1] Approximated using AERESS carbon calculator tool available here

Why Green?

Green Public Procurement is high on the Climate Action Plan and DCCAE agenda. 

The Irish Government’s annual public sector purchasing accounts for 10% to 12% of Ireland’s GDP, a large part of economic activity and demand. This provides Ireland’s public sector with significant influence to stimulate the provision of more resource-efficient, less polluting goods, services and works within the marketplace. 

For more information on Green Public Procurement see here.

Why Social?

Socially responsible public procurement (SRPP) is about setting an example and influencing the marketplace. By promoting SRPP, public authorities can give companies real incentives to develop socially responsible management. By purchasing wisely, public authorities can promote employment opportunities, decent work, social inclusion, accessibility, design for all, ethical trade, and seek to achieve wider compliance with social standards. 

For more information on Social Procurement see here.

Progress to date

The project kick off date is 2nd July 2019 and conclusion mid November. A full case study will be available before end 2019 and shared on this page.

Project kick off planning meeting, 2 July 2019. CRNI Members Back2New Community Upcycling, The Rediscovery Centre, Irish Charity Shops Association and CRNI with Collaboration Ireland.
Roger from Rediscovery Centre with delivery of pallet coffee table
Maria from NWCPO with upcycled chair & coffee table from Rediscovery Centre
Collection of furniture donated by Henkel
Rediscovery Centre staff cleaning and checking items for installation
As installed - all desks and storage items are second hand
Upcycled Rediscovery Centre wingback chairs and pallet table in reception
Back2New upcycled chairs and table, Rediscovery Centre pallet boxes, FreeTrade Ireland couch and Adverts rug
BoardRoom with upcycled table, reupholstered chairs, bespoke rosewood cabinets and recovered blue paint by Rediscovery Centre
Upcycled handles in kitchen by Rediscovery Centre
Upcycled chairs and tables in canteen by Back2New
Upcycled chairs and tables in canteen by Back2New

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