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Environmental impact in third world countries of buying a new patio set

Even buying a new set of patio furniture can now give you an attack of conscience. Most woods used for this type of furniture are teak and bamboo, which if comes from a third world country does not just need to be shipped but can also contribute to environmental devastation by the effects of deforestation.

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We feel that there are many reasons why re-using any type of furniture is best and we should all move away from our ever-growing throw away culture.

"Keep and restore, don't throw and destroy"

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Are we swapping our corporate red to be more Green?

Sofa Covers and Re-upholstery are a good way of renewing furniture while curtains also have an eco theme as they help to conserve heat. So to keep the eco theme going we are trying to reduce the number of brochures we send out.

However lots of customers ring us up every day asking for a brochure. We feel this necessary as most people just want to see some ideas before deciding if they want to take the purchasing decision any further.

So we felt the answer was an e-brochure, this allows us to show off our roomsets and products while keeping the environmental impact to a minimum.

So today is the launch is our brand new e-brochure. Please click here to either download or view the brochure online.

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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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