The lack of design, the wrong material use, deforestation, the non-existence of "Systems thinking" and not analyzing the complete life of a product in the furniture industry has driven people to have to buy cheap pieces that sometimes do not last more than eighteen weeks.
There are different factors that contribute with this issue. The poor material choices such as MDF, veneers that do not come from controlled forests, and paints with VOC's affect not only the environment but also the person that acquires them. The human factor could be approached from both sides of the process, the creator of the product on one side, and the buyer on the other one. Processes and tools that the manufacturer uses to create a piece of furniture could be very damaging if the correct safety measures are not taken. As for the buyer, inhaling injurious materials could cause disease on the long term.
The usual process starts in the factory. The product is created and sent to the store where the final consumer can buy it and take it home. How do we close the cycle? How do we stop the consumer from throwing the product away?
When the user requires a new piece, Customer Service would recollect the used pieces and recycle them.
Based on this proposal, an unlmited amount of furniture could be designed, the desk is only the beginning..