Circular facility management, an opportunity you cannot waste!

In recent years, the circular economy has received increasingly more interest. A circular economy is described to be one that is restorative and aims to keep products and their components in the best condition possible. 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 workplace itself.

Advantages of circularity

Circularity in facility management can offer organisations several potential possibilities in all areas. Mainly, using a circular economy mindset in the workplace can play a part in a better environment for everybody, by preserving what has already been made and designing new products with recycling and reuse in mind; leading to a reduced carbon footprint. This, in turn, can support an organisation’s identity, and stimulate 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 FM?

The first step is preserving current assets; in a circular economy, this should be the main priority. An assets’ lifetime should be maximised by maintaining and fixing them before disposing of them. 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. Long asset lifetime should be planned and accounted for in a circular economy.

What can Measuremen do?

A main part of the circular economy is knowing what assets you have and their condition. 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.