GM to Donate Furniture to Charitable Organizations Across the State


A homeowner's furniture is the third most expensive thing they will ever buy, after their car and home, but oftentimes, larger corporations aren't really concerned about their expenses. General Motors Co., on the other hand is different.

Amidst renovations to their Detroit plant, the automaker giant has decided to partner with furniture manufacturer Herman Miller's rePurpose program in order to recycle thousands of pieces of office furniture and equipment to those less fortunate.

Their partnership is set to last at least two years, and they project a diversion of more than 2,000 tons of materials and supplies from landing in landfills.

In doing so, they are expected to donate to over 100 organizations.

The equipment GM is donating is valued at around $1 million dollars. It comes from their headquarters in Detroit, its Technical Center in Warren, and the Proving Ground in Miliford.

"We view waste as just a resource out of place," said David Tulauskas, GM's sustainability director, in a statement to M Live. "This reuse program enables us to reduce our environmental footprint while making a positive contribution to our community."

To date, GM has already recycled and donated 550 tons of office materials to charitable organizations across the state. To put it in perspective, this amount of recycling equates to growing 46,000 tree seedlings for 10 years or turning off the electricity in 250 homes for one year.

Herman Miller's rePurpose program diverts over 99% of all recyclable materials from ending up in a landfill, and since its start in 2009, they have successfully re-purposed about 27,000 tons of material and gave a whopping $18 million to charities all across the nation.

Detroit Cody High School will be one of the benefactors of the project, and not only will GM donate supplies, the company will have employee volunteers remodel classrooms over the span of the project.

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