Could you tell us more about Eden’s refurbish and re-use service?
Steel is a great material for recycling, but with long-term store fixtures it makes more sense to extend their life if you can (and of course, “Re-use” is second on the sustainability pyramid!). It’s a very simple process, during strip-outs we sort what can be economically refurbished and bring them back to our dedicated re-furb line. After refurbishment it goes into stock for call-off at a reduced price – as much as 30% less.
It started out with just one of our customers but we’re seeing more demand from others now to support their sustainability targets and save costs.
What significant changes do you think we’ll see in the next few years?
In terms of design I think the need for fixtures to do more than one thing and be easily adaptable to change will increase; smart solutions that are future-proof and last longer.
We should expect to see new models of supply and ownership driven by the move towards a circular economy. Consider how Ikea have trialled the leasing of office furniture and kitchens and buying back home furniture for refurbishment. It’s not inconceivable these ideas could be adopted for retail fixtures.
From the shopper I think there will be a greater expectation that retailers and brands must demonstrate their sustainable actions. It could become part of the store experience, where we’ll see a move towards retail fixtures and displays that communicate this in an authentic way to shoppers to increase transparency and gain loyalty.
Whatever is in store I remain positive. The move towards a more sustainable world can only be a good thing. The past months have served to remind us all how fast the unexpected can appear over the horizon. But with the right mindset and the will to adapt we can always face whatever the future brings and embrace the changes that come our way.
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