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  • By Jamie Gutkin, HF Planners, LLC

Garbage Never Looked So Green

Interior design in commercial spaces is primarily focused on creating the most ergonomic and user-friendly workplace with productivity and efficiency in mind, while creating and adhering to the vision of the client. “Out with old and in with the new” is one of the most relevant idioms used when considering interior design for commercial spaces, but where exactly does the ‘out’ go? What if the ‘out’ can come back ‘in’? Refuse and liquidated materials come from sources that either have been refurbished, recycled, upcycled, reclaimed, repurposed, simply used prior, or even not used all! As a facility designer, facility manager or a facility planner, the use of refuse and liquidation can not only be for sourcing, it can help keep the project within a client’s budget as well as educate the end users to be considered a part of sustainability initiatives. A facility designer, manager or planner can cure the headache of figuring out how to use resources that are already in existence through the utilization of refuse and liquidation. With a goal of minimizing new production, refuse comes as a great resource. Facility planners, managers and especially designers find themselves with the headache of having to manage waste and negatively contribute to the endless cycle of new production. Refuse can be given a new life by taking on a different form through sustainable trends such as recycling, upcycling and repurposing.

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