Furniture, rather like textiles and clothing, is often disposed of as a result of changes in fashion rather than wear and tear or breakage.

This is in direct opposition to circular economy thinking which seeks to reduce our dependence on newly manufactured goods. As circular economy thinking takes an increasing hold, the furniture sector is ripe to reap the rewards of the application of new business models such as reuse, remanufacturing and recycling. Indeed, as gate-fees to landfill rise and the potential for increased regulation - such as producer responsibility - loom, circular economy models are increasingly attractive.

Our work in the furniture sector has encompassed the whole supply chain. We have mapped furniture flows in the UK to define hotspots of waste and to discover the most advantageous new business models and methods. Collaborative projects with industry have allowed us to identify and address some of the problems of reusing and remanufacturing office furniture and designing it for end-of-life, for example.

We have looked at the issues right along the supply chain and have worked with trade associations such as the National Bed Federation to investigate the lifecycle of mattresses and the options for end-of-life products.

Mattress recycling

What our clients say:

"Oakdene Hollins has provided us with an invaluable insight into how government would likely look at the mattress recycling issue and, therefore, how best to guide it to the optimum solutions."
Tony Lisanti