Focus On Green: University Loft Recycles Cardboard Packaging From Our Student Housing Furniture

At University Loft, we know that being a responsible steward of the environment can manifest itself in myriad ways, some big, some small. As a consumer, you can recycle most of your empty plastic containers and your aluminum cans. You can shop with a reusable shopping bag, and you can choose products made with recycled materials. Likewise, ULoft works hard to be environmentally responsible in big ways – like using Environmentally Farmed Timber (EFT) in our solid wood modular furniture for student residences – and small ways, too.

For example, in addition to planting trees as part of Arbor Day celebrations in our local community, we make sure we are environmentally responsible even inside our Greenfield, Indiana manufacturing facility. One of the ways we stay true to our “green” heritage is by recycling (by reusing) cardboard packaging. Here’s how it works: When our fast-growing and super strong EFT Hevea Brasiliensis trees are harvested in Malaysia, the milled hardwood panels are shipped inside cardboard packaging, ready to be crafted with care in America into the dorm room and student housing furniture colleges and universities have depended on since 1986. After we receive these component furniture parts, we don’t just throw away or burn the cardboard; rather, we use it as protective packaging for assembled student furnishings on their way to a college near you. That way, the University Loft student housing furniture arrives in great shape and ready to transform the student residence into a stylish and comfortable place to live and learn.

Sure, ULoft makes the big effort to be green, but sometimes it’s a little thing – like repurposing cardboard packaging material – that truly proves how serious we take our environmental responsibility. What about you? Big or small, what are some of the things that you do to be kind to our environment?


The ULoft Blog Team

About University Loft Company and our solid wood modular residence life furniture:

Since 1984, when James Jannetides built a loft configuration for his own dorm room at Southern Illinois University, hundreds of thousands of college students have enjoyed better campus living thanks to University Loft furniture. Today, University Loft serves more than 1,200 colleges, universities and related student housing partners. As Jannetides’ says: “We are always learning, always innovating, and always improving … our environment, our products, and our service. We are University Loft Company.”


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