As furniture retailers, we take our impact on the environment seriously. Working alongside our supply chain partners, we are committed to sustainable practices, such as only sourcing timber from managed forests and helping our customers recycle their unwanted furniture.
Learn more about our sustainability policy and the measures we’ve taken as a company to be more eco-friendly.
Responsibly sourced wood
Many of our products – like our sofa frames and wooden dining tables and chairs – are made with sustainable timber from managed plantations.
Managed plantations adhere to strict guidelines to prevent illegal logging and deforestation, and protect natural biodiversity and wildlife.
At Furniture Choice, all our wood products meet European Timber Regulation (EUTR) standards and beyond this, we are committed to using managed plantation timber exclusively.
The EUTR came into effect in March 2013 and prohibits businesses in Europe from selling illegally harvested wood. All timber products that enter the UK are required to be EUTR compliant.
As part of our responsibility to EUTR compliance, we have due diligence procedures in place with our suppliers to ensure that timber is compliant. As a company, we also have a firm policy of not using any timber sourced from a plantation on land reserves, rainforests, newly felled forests, or woodland areas.
Some of the sustainable wood types that we use in our furniture include:
- Acacia: a fast-growing tree that is generally regarded as highly sustainable.
- Poplar: a fast-growing tree that produces strong, durable wood.
- Rubberwood: a hardwood that is known to be a sustainable material as it uses plantation trees that have already been utilised.
- MDF: manufactured using managed plantation timber rubberwood
When it comes to using wood sustainably, we also consider how much of the plantation timber is utilised. For example, the MDF that we use comes from rubberwood, and from a timber perspective this utilises nearly all of the timber and reduces wastage of the raw material.
Similarly, oak veneer is made from thinly slicing the timber and utilises nearly all of the oak tree. A veneer can be a sustainable option as it uses less wood to produce the same look as solid wood furniture.
Recyclable product packaging
Our products are packed in a carton made from recycled pulp and with recyclable plastic bags where possible. When delivering our products to customers, our 2-man delivery service takes away the packaging and recycles the cardboard.
We are also striving for alternative packaging methods to decrease our 1-time use of packaging materials.
Recycle or Donate Tool
Fly-tipping has become a serious problem in the UK - based on a survey that we conducted, we found that 1 in 8 UK residents admit to illegally dumping their unwanted waste.
That’s why we created our online Recycle or Donate Tool to help people recycle their unwanted furniture instead of resorting to fly-tipping.
Mapping over 700 furniture recycling and donation centres across the UK, the tool helps people locate their nearest centre by simply keying in their postcode.
Sustainability practices in our workplace
At Furniture Choice, none of our waste goes to landfills. Our warehouses separate plastic and cardboard from our product packaging and send it to recycling centres. And in our offices, we separate cardboard, paper and aluminium for recycling, and send our waste to a local power station to use as fuel.
We also participate in the Cycle to Work scheme, a tax-free employee benefit that helps our staff get more active - while saving money too! Through this government-approved scheme, our employees can get a brand new bike and equipment, with big savings, and spread out the cost over time.