An advocate for avoiding waste, furniture manufacturer The Senator Group developed an entire ecosystem with its recycling factories.
It collects outdated furniture from clients and competitors alike, transforming it into reusable material for future pieces.
An hour outside of Manchester, rain drizzles upon the chartreuse green grass. Inside a factory, Joey labors diligently on his woodworking task. A few buildings down, other robots like him schlep fabrics from a conveyer to a chair frame. Joey is just one of many robots that live on campus, 1.5 million square feet of factory space in the U.K. where furniture is not only produced, but is broken down and recycled.
A block down the street, a latch on a semi truck screeches open to disgorge a few tons of furniture. The cargo came from off-campus—from a local business, or even a competitor—as did several tons of material and furniture this year. Some is given to charity, while other pieces are taken apart.
After being broken down, plastics and wood are turned into pellets for reuse as raw materials or to heat and power the plant. Avoiding waste at almost all cost, the parent company The Senator Group produces furniture that is almost 100% recycled under its brand names Allermuir, Senator and Toresen.