MEDIA RELEASE 11 April 2006
Creative employee invents environmental work desk
A creative corporate employee has designed a new desk to minimise wastage and
reduce tree logging. Sonia Zuvela, from Corporate Express, designed the work
desk with a colleague to offer businesses an environmental alternative.
The desk, called ENVIROdesk, has been designed to be cut from sheets of
pre-finished board in such a way that minimises material wastage by maximising
usable board. After use, the desk can be fully recycled.
“We recognised that there was a hole in the market for this type of product and
we were seeking out an environmental alternative,” Zuvela said.
“The desks can be cut from E0 board - a pre-finished board that has no
formaldehyde content so is free from toxic emissions - with very little waste
“I drew up various sheets of board and tried to fit all the components together
onto the sheets with the least amount of material waste. I was able to get two
workstations onto one sheet of board measuring 3200 by 1800.
“I spend some time with manufactures to learn about the cutting processes and
wastage and to get an understanding of the machinery,” she said.
Zuvela is an employee at Corporate Express, the company that launched the
ENVIROdesk in August last year.
“The desk can be returned to Corporate Express and re-cut to be used as
secondary components in other furniture, such as bases of drawer boxes. The
timber can also be returned and pulped and reintroduced with virgin timber to
make new boards.
“The project took six months, from idea to first prototype. There were a few
minor adjustments to the prototype, but not much difference to the final product
being sold now.
“We wanted the cost to be comparative to similar products that are not
environmentally friendly. It has been well received in government agencies and
with designers,” she said.
The ENVIROdesk retails for around $430 and is sold through Corporate Express,
Australia’s leading supplier of office products and business supplies. For more
information call 13 26 44 or visit the website www.ce.com.au
Released for Corporate Express by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations.
For further information contact Dennis Rutzou
or Fiona Pennington on (02) 9413 4244.