Blog poll result: Are we green yet?

August 22nd, 2014 by TRT Blog

The Refinishing Touch blog poll: Sustainability /green questionsWe spend a lot of time on our blog, and we’re so grateful that you do too – that’s why we never let a week go by without your feedback. Our weekly blog polls help us learn more about our readers, our industries and common misconceptions surrounding sustainability.

Our furniture asset management services provide an eco-friendly alternative to purchasing new assets in the government, higher education and hospitality sectors. We’re proud to increase the green credentials of the establishments we work in, but can’t help but wonder if there’s truly enough being done to go green across the board.

Throughout the last few weeks we asked our readers if they feel the higher education and hospitality industries are incorporating environmental principles into core objectives. The results are in:

  • When it comes to the hospitality industry, 50% of those polled feel as though hoteliers are as green as can be while 25% feel they could be doing a bit more. The remaining 25% feel as though the industry isn’t doing its part at all.

Want to weigh in? Come back and visit us on Wednesday, August 19 to let us know if you think the government sector is doing its part.

Have an idea for a The Refinishing Touch blog poll? Tell us your questions on Twitter at @RefinishTouch

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Blog poll result: Are we green yet?

August 22nd, 2014 by TRT Blog

We spend a lot of time on our blog, and we’re so grateful that you do too – that’s why we never let a week go by without your feedback. Our weekly blog polls help us learn more about our readers, our industries and common misconceptions surrounding sustainability.

The Refinishing Touch blog poll: Sustainability /green questionsOur furniture asset management services provide an eco-friendly alternative to purchasing new assets in the government, higher education and hospitality sectors. We’re proud to increase the green credentials of the establishments we work in, but can’t help but wonder if there’s truly enough being done to go green across the board.

Throughout the last few weeks we asked our readers if they feel the higher education and hospitality industries are incorporating environmental principles into core objectives. The results are in:

  • When it comes to the hospitality industry, 50% of those polled feel as though hoteliers are as green as can be while 25% feel they could be doing a bit more. The remaining 25% feel as though the industry isn’t doing its part at all.

Want to weigh in? Come back and visit us on to let us know if you think the government sector is doing its part.

Have an idea for a The Refinishing Touch blog poll? Tell us your questions on Twitter at @RefinishTouch

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Take Our Survey

August 19th, 2014 by admin

Do you feel the government sector incorporates environmental principles into core objectives?

a. Yes
b. They could be doing a bit more
c. No, not at all

Successful sustainability requires government action, not just support of big businesses

August 19th, 2014 by TRT Blog

According to this year’s GlobeScan / SustainAbility Survey, the downward slide of government leadership is driving the green agenda forward.  Experts argue that though collaboration with governments is the most effective approach businesses can take to creating pro-sustainability policies, less than a third believe that companies engage in this manner.

Whilst business leaders are aware of the issues, only 33 percent of those that participated in the 2013 UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO study feel there is actually enough being done to address environmental issues.

At The Refinishing Touch we wholeheartedly believe in reducing budgets whilst also maintaining a lower carbon footprint. To date we’ve prevented the destruction of 500,000 hardwood trees for fabrication of new furniture.  We understand the pressures on big businesses to invest in cleaner, greener initiatives, however the government also must work closer with organizations to support innovation and investment if we want to see changes on the broader scale.

We’ve worked with many local and federal government edifices to reduce carbon footprints, and believe that the passion and capacity to influence the greener good is there. To learn more about our work in the government sector, please click here.

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Furniture asset management services saves costs, reduces downtime and cuts carbon emissions for global hotel brand

August 15th, 2014 by TRT Blog

The Refinishing Touch gives tips on how hotels can go greenThe team at The Refinishing Touch recently had the pleasure of working in beautiful Monterey to complete a reupholstery project for a global hotel brand. Working in the golden state we were blessed with breath-taking views and gorgeous weather, which of course made our time there even more enjoyable. The team was tasked with reupholstering a number of furniture assets including ottomans and lounge chairs.

Choosing to explore asset management instead of simply replacing items saved the hotel 43 percent in budget costs. The project was completed on site which meant shipping costs were eliminated and downtime was drastically reduced.

The manager we worked with was enthusiastic from the start and said, “This was our first experience in reupholstery and it won’t be our last – it wasn’t just cost effective, but delivered outstanding quality and is an environmentally friendly and sustainable approach to asset management.”

We’re thrilled we were able meet expectations of such an innovative hotel brand, and we’re excited to continue working with an industry leader.  With each new client that understands and experiences the quality and cost and environmental benefits furniture asset management can bring, we get a step closer to a more efficient and sustainable approach to furniture in the hospitality industry.

If you’d like to learn more about our reupholstery, refinishing and remanufacturing services then email us at: sales@therefinishingtouch.com or tweet us @RefinishTouch.

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Take Our Survey

August 13th, 2014 by admin

Do you feel the hospitality industry incorporates environmental principles into core objectives?

a. Yes
b. They could be doing a bit more
c. No, not at all

GSA community develops standard configurations for office furniture

August 12th, 2014 by TRT Blog

GSA Interact is an open, collaborative community built to help increase government effectiveness through better communication and collaboration. As part of the GSA’s remit to create a more sustainable government, a cross-agency Furniture Commodity Team has come together to develop standard configurations for office furniture.

GSA_Star_Mark®(RGB)The team will release a subset of furniture products with standard configurations for tables, filing, storage and seating in a bid to solicit industry feedback. Standard configurations means each product will have a low base cost with a number of options and add-ons per customer requirement.

As a furniture asset management provider that has worked on many government refinishing, reupholstery and remanufacturing projects, we are all too familiar with the need to save on budgets, time and man power.  Having a standard pricing structure for office furniture will help take the hassle out of the decision making process, freeing up time and resources that can be channeled elsewhere.

If you have questions about the work we do at The Refinishing Touch, or how we can help reduce costs and save time through our furniture asset management services, please email us at sales@therefinishingtouch.com

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Campus and community construction continues in Oregon

August 8th, 2014 by TRT Blog

Sustainability is becoming a deciding factor when choosing a college to attendCranes, trucks and clouds of dust are a familiar site across the Oregon State University campus as construction to develop private student housing continues. Around 12 projects are set to begin this fall and winter which will give a much needed boost to the local economy and the construction industry.

Steve Clark, VP for university relations and marketing said, “This is probably the most intense period of construction that Oregon State University has seen in 146 years, both in terms of the number of projects and complexity.”

At The Refinishing Touch we’re always excited to learn about new construction projects, especially in the higher education sector  where there is an ever-present need to improve on-campus housing. We hope that during the redevelopment eco-friendly initiatives are considered, as even small changes can make a big difference. As a company fully invested in sustainability and green alternatives we actively encourage any industry taking on large scale projects to carefully consider the environmental impact and make changes where possible.

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Take Our Survey

August 5th, 2014 by admin

Do you feel the higher education industry incorporates environmental principles into core objectives?

a. Yes
b. They could be doing a bit more
c. No, not at all

The Barge Canal goes green

August 5th, 2014 by TRT Blog

As part of a large waterfront redevelopment along the former Barge Canal, Starwood Hotels & Resorts is to open a new sustainable facility in 2018.  Brain McGuinness, SVP of Brands for Starwood said, “The Element brand is a great choice for the vibrant city of Syracuse and will provide visitors with a smart, sustainable extended stay option within the city’s redeveloped waterfront district.”

Green buildingThe Element Syracuse will boast 123 stylish, sustainable rooms and suites with custom-designed closets, dual-flush toilets and complimentary bikes. Element is the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue the U.S. Green Building Councils LEED certification and is recognized as an Industry 2.0 leader in the energy efficiency space.

At The Refinishing Touch we pride ourselves on offering clean, efficient furniture asset management services to hoteliers across the globe and we’re excited to see more leading hotel brands incorporating sustainability into their strategy from the ground up. As this new Element facility moves forward, we’re confident they’ll continue to be environmentally-conscious

If you’d like to learn more about this new establishment, please see the press release here.

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