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Recycling Furniture

I recently found this great story about a very worth while charitable organisation being commended for their efforts, not only to help people in need but to help protect the environment by recycling furniture.

"The Furniture Recycling Project" in Gloucester won the "Reuse Project of the Year" award by the Furniture Re-use Network (http://www.frn.org.uk/), particularly impressing the judging panel with it's work during and after the 2007 floods that blighted many parts of the South West. The project was able to supply more than 5,000 households with essential second-hand furniture.

The award is intended to highlight how furniture projects continually support their local communities through improving the places where people live. This is about highlighting complimentary goals of providing a furniture reuse service for the unemployed people who also gain from volunteering and training at projects.

Richard Featherstone, who founded the Furniture Recycling Network (FRN) 18 years ago and initiated the awards, said: "These awards are to celebrate reuse tackling poverty and unemployment while preventing good furniture going to landfill. There is a link between social benefits and waste management which have not yet been fully explored but I predict this will be visible on the Government's agenda before very long."

Plumbs firmly believe that furniture should never go to waste by being dumped in landfill, everyone has the option of either re-using their furniture by covering / reupholstering or by donating it to charity so that someone possibly less fortunate than yourself can feel the benefit of something that would otherwise go to landfill.

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Interesting Re-upholstery Orders #2

Every week there are around 100 reupholstery orders passing through our workrooms. Every one gets the same attention however some really do stand out as being interesting or unusual.

This is a great example. Double drop arm sofas like this really are worth preserving as the mechanisms and frames are very well built.

These pieces are particularly versatile as they create a fabulous day bed or even emergency sleepover for unexpected guests.

Plumbs Sofa Rupholstery Before Shot


The pictures say it all. The original furniture has been stripped down right to the frame and all internal elements checked and replaced where necessary. The end result with the new fabric applied is just stunning. This could so easily have gone into landfill but now it's good for another generation to enjoy.

Plumbs Sofa Rupholstery After Shot

Find out more information about Plumbs sofa reupholstery offerings.

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Claim your FREE ticket to Grand Designs Live London

Grand Designs Live London is being held over NINE days at ExCel from 3 - 11 May 2008.

Grand Designs Live is the UK’s no. 1 consumer show for design and innovation. Based on the hugely successful Channel 4 TV series – presented by design guru Kevin McCloud – Grand Designs Live will inspire you with the latest design ideas for your home. Packed full of new show features, more celebrity experts and great advice. Shop from over 450 exhibitors and get access to six shows 

Open Daily between 10am and 6pm from the 3rd to the 11th May 2008, including Bank Holiday Monday.

We are not too sure how long you will be able to claim this FREE ticket for so be quick!

You can claim the FREE weekday ticket buy clicking here - then quoting the refererrence code "FREECOSTA"

Hurry while it lasts...

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Does your pet decide which sofa you should buy?

According to a new study by Petplan on of the UK's leading pet insurance companies, found a large percentage of dog and cat owners based their purchasing decisions on the suitability for their pets. The obvious one is holidays where 68% of dog owners and 47% of cat owners said that this was the most important area in which to take their pet into consideration, however many also include home furnishings such as sofas.

Pet hair can be real pain when is comes to your soft furnishings but as we explained in this recent post Threats to your Sofa, there are ways to protect your sofa from your pets hair, claws and any other dirty or smelly messes we all know pets can make.

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