Green-Works, a unique social and environmental project which has
revolutionized the re-distribution of office furniture waste streams.
furniture from landfill, through the re-use and recycling of
redundant office furniture.
Speaking at a visit today to the not-for-profit venture's Silvertown
Warehouse Mrs Beckett said:
'Green-Works shows how integrated thinking and working together can
result in genuine progress towards achieving sustainable development.
These are small but essential parts of the bigger picture to which we
'Green-works does not use virgin materials or high levels of energy
in production. Instead it gives a new lease of life to furniture and
equipment that would otherwise be discarded. This is important in
helping to divert waste from landfill.
'Green-Works also helps the community by providing employment often
for people who have had difficulty in finding work. When the company
has done its work and the furniture and equipment from large offices,
has been refurbished, it is sold to schools, the voluntary sector and
community groups at good value prices.
'This kind of project makes a practical difference to people's lives
and the environment and is very much in the spirit of principles and
actions that were signed up to at the World Summit on Sustainable
Development in Johannesburg last year.
'It is excellent to see Green-Works is thriving and I hope that it,
and businesses like it around the country, achieve more success in
the future. With the forthcoming launch of the government's
Sustainable Consumption and Production Strategy comes a new push for
projects like this to be emulated elsewhere, benefiting the
environment and society as a whole.
'It is only with the combined efforts of national and local
government busin esses and the community, that the goal of sustainable
development can be achieved.'
1. Green-Works was set up in 2000 and run by the East End charity
First Fruit. On a membership basis surplus office furniture is
collected from big businesses and re-distributed to charities,
schools, community groups, hospitals and start-ups at low cost.