In recent years, the circular economy has received increasingly more interest. The circular economy is a restorative model of production and consumption that aims to keep products and their components, for as long as possible, in the best condition. With the rise of interest, circularity has developed in different industries as well. In the facilities’ industry, there are several possibilities to implement and make use of the circular economy, especially within the assets in the workplace itself.
Advantages of circularity
Circularity in facility management can offer organisations numerous potential possibilities in all areas. First, using a circular economy mindset in the workplace can play a part in a better environment for everybody, to preserve what has already been made. While designing new products with recycling and reuse in mind. Eventually, this thinking path will lead to a reduced carbon footprint. In return, such thinking will support an organisation’s identity. Certainly stimulating the employee awareness and involvement in making more sustainable choices. Finally, circular facility management can contribute to lower purchasing costs of new assets such as desks and chairs, through better management and planning.
What are the beginner steps to take towards circularity in Facility Management?
The first step is preserving current assets; in a circular economy, this should be the main priority. To maximise an assets’ lifetime, the facility manager could determine good maintenance and fixings before considering their disposal. The next step should be to keep future needs and desires in mind. For this, organisations should purchase and design assets with future use in mind. In a circular economy, a long asset lifetime requires specific reporting, planning, and accountability.
What can Measuremen do?
A main part of the circular economy requires knowing what assets you have and their condition. In this way, Measuremen can offer this data with our Workplace Asset Inventory studies. With the WAI, we record every desired asset in your workplace, from desks and chairs to even coffee cups and pens. Once you know what you have in the workplace, then you gather further information as to how it is being used, or where it can be used better.