Sustainability at Funky Chunky Furniture
Sustainability has been a focus for Funky Chunky Furniture since we started in 2013. It began by us ensuring all our raw materials are responsibly sourced, and as we’ve grown so has our commitment to sustainability.
We continually look at how we operate and whether we can improve. Our Sustainability Taskforce, made up of team members from across the business, holds us accountable. As part of their roles they interrogate how we operate, then, if necessary, research and test alternatives. If it’s going to make an impact, and it’s do-able, we make the change.
Our Sustainability Pledge - We Promise To Do Our Best
Funky Chunky Furniture already has a number of practises in place to ensure we operate sustainably. But, like everyone, it’s not ‘job done’.
As innovations are made and new technologies become available, we can all improve further.
That’s why we continue to look at ways to further reduce our environmental impact.
Funky Chunky Furniture's Sustainability Pledge is a promise to do our best, and we ask you, our customers, to pledge the same.
We have a collective responsibility to reduce our impact, protect our world, and support sustainable growth.
Only by working together can we really make a difference.
Responsible. Ethical. Sustainable.
RESPONSIBLY SOURCED TIMBER
Handcrafting solid wood furniture and shelves everyday we are only too aware of the responsibility we have, and the potential environmental impact if our timbers are not sustainably sourced.
The beautiful timbers we use are grown in sustainably managed forests, that have certifications from the FSC and PEFC governing bodies.
FSC is the Forest Stewardship Council, and the PEFC is the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. Both are international, non-profit, non-governmental organisations which promote sustainable forest management.
As a furniture manufacturer and retailer we work with our suppliers to ensure our timbers have the appropriate certifications, and that we are responsibly sourcing our timbers from well-managed forests.
ETHICAL CHOICE SHOPPING
We launched our Home Accessories collection in 2019, with a carefully curated collection of pieces from like-minded producers. Since then the range has grown, and so has our commitment to ethical sourcing.
In early 2021 we launched our Ethical Choice range of Home Accessories. Every piece in this collection has been carefully selected to be one, or more of the following:
-made from sustainably sourced or renewable materials
-made from recycled materials
-made from natural, organic materials and free from artificial colours and dyes
-bought as part of a Fair Trade agreement
What we do - We’re incredibly proud of this beautiful collection, which accounts for 30% of our complete range of Home Accessories. Over the coming months we’re hoping to expand this range of ethically sourced pieces so that it represents a much larger proportion of what we sell.
What you can do – If you want to feel really good about your new home accessories, choose from our Ethical Choices collection. Or, if you’re buying from another retailer, take a moment to consider what they’re made from, and how and where they’re made before making your decision to purchase.
As an online retailer we do have to send our furniture, shelves and accessories to customers. This of course requires packaging to ensure they’re not damaged on their way to you.
We are phasing out the use of plastic corners as part of our packaging, which will result in us saving 1.83 tonnes of plastic per year.
At the moment we use a combination of cardboard, plastic film and bubble wrap.
Our bubble wrap is made from 30% recycled material and is also 100% recyclable.
Cardboard, bubble wrap and plastic wrapping are widely recycled, either as part of your household waste collections or at local waste recycling centres. You can find your nearest location by visiting Recycle Now. https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/bubblewrap-0
What we do - Our Sustainability Taskforce is looking into ways to both reduce the amount of packaging we use, and at alternatives. We have previously trialled a bubble wrap made from recycled marine plastic (plastic that has been recovered from oceans and seas), and we are in the process of researching other similar materials.
What you can do – If you receive an order from us, please do take your packaging to be recycled.
WASTE NOT. WANT NOT.
By its very nature, the manufacturing of solid wood furniture and shelves creates waste materials. However, we strive to reduce waste across our business. It’s an ongoing process, but here are just a few of the ways that we are diverting waste products from landfill.
Sawdust - All our sawdust is re-used. Making solid wood furniture and shelves from timbers does create sawdust. All our sawdust is collected through extraction units, We generate, approximately, twelve bags of sawdust each week, amounting to 12,000 litres. It's then packaged up and distributed to local stables where it is used as bedding for horses, among other re-uses.
Wood Off-cuts – Through both the design and manufacture processes we ensure that our wood waste is kept to an absolute minimum. All our off-cuts are either reused for our smaller products, or are used as fuel in our clean-fuel furnace to heat the workshop.
Cardboard – any cardboard packaging we receive deliveries in gets re-used on site. We have purchased a cardboard shredder that creates a packing material that we now use to wrap and pack our smaller items, such as our Home Accessories range, ready for dispatch.