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Our approach to sustainability

The products we source were made to last, designed and manufactured using materials and practices that produced pieces which remain beautiful 70 or 80 years after conception. With care, great adherence to the original designs and use of high quality materials, we restore our furniture so it is ready for another 70 years of life.

We believe that buying existing, vintage furniture has a positive effect on the environment.  Research by the International Antiques and Collectors Fairs found that a new (made in China) chest of drawers has a carbon footprint 16 times higher than the vintage equivalent per year.  

We are relentlessly researching ways to improve the environmental impact of our business.  Most Mid Century furniture would originally have been manufactured using polyurethane foam, as this is flammable it was treated with flame retardants. In every case possible, we choose green upholstery foam alternatives that contain no potentially toxic substances within the foam itself or applied to the foam during the manufacture. Our alternatives include;

Natural latex made from materials harvested from rubber trees, is naturally resistant to mites, moulds and mildew.  As the product is natural, it its completely biodegradable.

Horse Hair was used up until the late 20th century to stuff upholstered furniture.  We often use a rubberised version of this instead of synthetic foam to give a similar result.

Wool cotton wadding is a high quality wool cotton felt.  It is flame retardant and used to replace the synthetic polyester wrap which is often used in upholstery to date.

We use natural upholstery fabrics, from British companies including, Bute, Designers Guild and Abraham Moon and Sons. 

We are working towards using only sustainable materials in our packaging.  We are currently using a mixture of corrugated cardboard, paper and fabric off cuts.  

We use Shiply to deliver our furniture, they are a company that utilise the spare capacity of vehicles already running on the road, therefore helping to reduce the number of otherwise wasteful journeys needed to transport an item.