Reseat & The Importance of Sourcing Second Hand
Taylor Susewitz, 2022

Reseat & The Importance of Sourcing Second Hand

Why this is becoming the new norm. 

Reseat was recently highlighted as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Having Fewer Than 10 Employees for 2022. 

As much of an honor it has been to be featured in such an acclaimed publishing, we found it vital to unpack why what we’re being recognized for is so innovative and crucial to the future of furnishing. 

If you’re familiar with Reseat and the company’s motives, you probably know by now that our primary goal is to keep office furniture out of landfills. As primarily aiming to source second hand materials becomes not only a sought-after goal, but becomes an expectation for companies globally, the need for understanding the hows and whys is equally as important.

Why source second hand if you don’t familiarize yourself with the basis of its appeal?

Reseat Named Fast Company's #3 on "The 10 most innovative companies with fewer than 10 employees," Fast Company, 2022

To start us off,

17 Billion pounds of office furniture ends up in landfills each year. 

This is a jarring statistic, we know. Reseat was born from the intention to make that number much, much smaller. In fact, since our launch in October 2020, we’ve been able to save over 3 million pounds of office furniture from going to landfills. 

Despite 3 million being just shy of 2% of the annual statistic from Davies Office, this is still an immensely notable number. Prior to Reseat’s launch in 2020, that number wasn’t even in the ballpark of what was being saved from landfills.

That’s why it’s vital that we increase that number and prevent things that are built to last from going to waste. 

Our goal is to not only save more furniture from going to waste, but to also instill a system in which sellers can market their pre-owned furniture with a pre-existing backstory. That’s where Reseat ID comes into play.

We are working to make sure that every new piece of furniture produced is accompanied by a Reseat ID, a feature that allows its occupant to know where it came from. This includes not only its manufacturer and place of origin, but previous owners, any reupholstery made, or any other changes concerning the state of the piece itself. 

This way, we can make sure that the dirty work is done so that you or anyone who wishes to market their used office furniture doesn’t have to do the digging!

This entire process is intended to reduce waste, taking that 17 billion pounds of office furniture and keeping it to a minimum. 

Another vital part of thinking green on a business level is the new workforce your company will be welcoming in within the next few decades. Folks like me and many others who depart from their higher education in search of a stable job very much value companies’ sustainability exercises. 

The Earth, our home planet, is suffering in its climate, taking a turn for the worse (and at a much faster rate than previously anticipated). It can be difficult and many times unattainable for folks such as myself to be part of activist groups amidst already advocating for better environmental legislation. As we go forward in living our day-to-day lives, it’s important that we maintain cognizance of the world we occupy. This means being mindful of who we work for, where our food comes from, anything we purchase or discard of, our means of transportation, and so much more. 

Reseat is going to be a part of the solution for this next generation, not a complacent predicament.