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Making Sustainability Part of the Plan

In the busy world of pubs, bars, cafés and hospitality in general, moves are afoot towards embracing the ethics that surround all aspects of introducing sustainability into the blueprint of the business.

After all, increasing numbers of your existing and prospective customers are likely to be ethical buyers who are discerning in what they buy and the environment in which they spend their time.

Pubstuff Ltd, are leading suppliers of new and recycled furniture to the pub, bar, hotel, café and hospitality industry and are in the maelstrom of growing interest from commercial customers grasping the concept of upcycling furniture. Quite simply put, building a business around a sustainable product has led to a sustainable business for Pub Stuff.

Breathing new life into recycled products from managed houses when they refurbish, Pubstuff are able to offer a huge range of quality recycled furniture. The high quality finish and end result is achieved through careful refurbishment and attention to changing trends in the hospitality market reflected in a wide choice of fabrics, soft furnishings and furniture styles. This has come about not only because of the bite of the recession of recent years where upcycling proves a cost effective approach but it is environmentally friendly too. What could be better than calling a halt to skips filled with discarded, perfectly good furniture?

 As part of this sustainable strategy, Pubstuff has also developed a range of environmentally friendly sanitisers which have been produced without incorporating ION 5, a chemical agent that is not only harmful to the environment but also gradually destroys the veneer and finish of the tables they are used upon. They are often described as ‘hard surface’ cleaners but most owner/managers won’t realise the extent of their destructive impact on varnish.

Prolonged reliance on this as a method of cleaning results in the varnish beginning to soften and break down easily identifiable by the ‘white bloom’ or flaking or sticky varnish on the furniture.

Complementing huge stocks of recycled contract furniture, Pubstuff also commission new lines of furniture which are made from soft Rubberwood derived from latex producing trees. Latex is of course used to produce all rubber-based products that can be found around the globe.

Once the latex has been drained from the tree, after a usage of around 20+ years, the tree is considered to be waste and is felled with a new tree planted in its place. This therefore presents an opportunity to create new durable furniture using wood that will not deplete vital resources and whose sole existence is not only to produce furniture. Hence the concept of sustainability is well used by re-using something that would have otherwise gone to waste.

Rubber wood (or Hevea Brasiliensis) is a member of the maple family and is ideally suited to this purpose as it is a stable and close grain wood which means that it contains a low water content of between 8 – 10%. During the kiln drying process it is easily controlled and has very little shrinkage. This ensures minimal movement either during the manufacturing and assembly stage or as a finished product situated in a centrally heated environment or directly adjacent to a radiator.  It is not indigenous to the UK and given the demand for latex to create rubber products supplies are readily available to cope with demand.

Ian Huband, Managing Director of Pub Stuff will be talking more on making sustainability a key part of his business model at the, 11th February 2014, Ragley Hall.