Sustainability policy

Sustainability policy

Recycling policy
At Furniture Village we take our zero-waste policy very seriously and we work tirelessly with local communities and charities to promote this when it comes to the disposal of old furniture. 
 
Timber policy
 
For a small fee, we’re happy to take away and safely recycle your used furniture - from sofas to beds and dining room furniture – in fact almost any furniture item excluding selected accessories due to the electrical components. Providing your furniture is still in good condition and meets required safety standards, we will ensure it goes to a loving home. Our objective is to prevent your old furniture from ending up in landfill, while helping someone in the local community at the same time. The recycling option is offered during the Checkout process for eligible items. Please note, we reserve the right to refuse collection of any item we believe constitutes a health and safety risk to our employees or anybody working on our behalf. 
 
Re-use your furniture
If your furniture is in reasonable shape and includes the fire resistant label intact, we’ll donate it to local families or community organisations. Last year we collected over 50,000 items of furniture.

Donate your furniture

If it’s not re-used, your furniture may be donated to charities across the UK. Over the past four years, we’ve donated thousands of pieces of furniture to charities who sell these in their shops across the UK to help raise money.
 
Deconstruct your furniture
If your furniture can’t be re-used or donated, it will be dismantled and either used to build other furniture or recycled. 
 
Mattresses, which can’t be sent to normal recycling centres, are sent to specialist recycling facilities within the UK where the mattress is dissembled and each component is separated to be recycled:
· Metal springs are melted down
· Foam is steam cleaned, chipped and formatted back into carpet underlay
· Polyester is cleaned and blended back to be used to manufacture pet cushions.
 
All other furniture that is unsuitable for re-use is delivered to local waste management facilities that separate wood, metal and glass furniture for recycling: 
· Wood is shredded to create biomass fuel
· Metals are melted down for reuse
· Glass is used to produce aggregates for road surfaces as a sustainable component for tarmac. 
 
Any furniture not suitable for recycling is then shredded to make refuse-derived fuel which provides a sustainable alternative to coal and gas for the production of renewable energy and heat. The shredding process also separates any metals in the furniture for recycling meaning none of the materials are sent to landfill – meeting our zero-waste goals.
 
So now you can sit back and enjoy your new furniture, knowing that you’ve done the right thing for the community and the environment.
 

Timber product sourcing policy statement

Furniture Village Ltd is committed to only working with suppliers using sustainable raw materials. To meet this commitment, we want to ensure our suppliers have correctly implemented an FSC (or equivalent) Chain of Custody procedure, and can systematically confirm that products supplied to us are appropriately certified.

Imports of timber and timber products to the European market are regulated by the European Timber Regulation, which came into force in March 2013. Under this regulation, Furniture Village is primarily considered a “Trader”. The definition of Trader is: a company buying timber and / or timber products from another company within the EU.

As a Trader we are obliged under EUTR to work with a due diligence system to minimise the risk of putting illegal timber or derived product on the market. However, Furniture Village is going beyond compliance, and wishes to secure sustainability for its supply chain where timber is involved.

Furniture Village will not source timber for its products from:

  • Forests or forest product suppliers that do not comply with all relevant national and international legislation relating to the trade in forest products.
  • High Conservation value forests where these are recognised nationally or regionally, unless these forests are progressing towards credible forest certification in a time-bound, stepwise and transparent manner.
  • Protected areas, parks or similar areas where harvesting operations are not complementary to responsible forest management.
  • Forests which are currently being converted to other land uses, or forests that have been converted since 1994.
  • Forests which are in areas of armed conflict or civil unrest where there is a direct relationship between the forest products trade and the funding of such conflicts. 

Our expectations around due diligence for ourselves as a business organisation and our suppliers is that the following three elements must be systematically exchanged and captured, to ensure we play our role in securing forests for the future, as well as for our business interest directly.

1. Information

  • To clearly document our supply chains.
  • To maintain records of the product sourced by order, including:
    • Records of the species sourced and forest of origin. 
    • Records of all timber and wood derived products in wooden furniture including sub suppliers of finished components that form part of our supplier’s finished product.            

2. Risk assessment procedure

  • Identification of low risk and high risk supply chains.
  • Assessment of legal harvesting, sustainability and traceability.             

3. Risk mitigation procedure

  • Education of all suppliers on the EU Regulation.
  • Agree a timetable of timely implementation with each supplier.
  • Ensure all suppliers are FSC certified (or equivalent) to meet our sourcing preference.
If it is demonstrated at any time that any supplier is using wood from the above mentioned unwanted sources, we will promptly take the appropriate actions which includes ceasing purchases from such sources