A world of furniture prides itself on looking after our customers, giving them the best value on a wide range of products but this is not where we stop – as we also feel a we have a responsibility to the world outside A world of furniture, to try and give back to the local community (e.g the Naomi House, Salisbury Hospital) to get involved as much as we can with national charities (e.g Help 4 Heroes, Trussell Trust) but also to further our efforts when it comes to the environment.
We cover many areas with regards to the environment and are always looking at ways to improve our processes to ensure that we are doing as much as we can to protect the environment at home and abroad.
The biggest thing that A world of furniture do is to “Plant a Tree for every item we sell”, as a company we obviously rely heavily on products made from a natural resource that has a huge impact on the environment and we feel that it is our responsibility to lessen this impact in fact to try and neutralise it. The team at A world of furniture have done everything to make sure that all products come from sustainable sources but to really make sure that we are putting back into the system as much as we are taking out we have also been sponsoring the Forestry Commission and have been doing this since 2008.
By doing this we have helped in the planting of some 60,000 trees which have been a mix of hard woods and soft, evergreen and deciduous in our local forests, usually New Forest , Savernake Forest and further afield.
A world of furniture gets through an enormous amount of packaging and it is in our best interests to remove this in the best way possible, not just for reasons of the environment but it does make a bit of a mess in the warehouse! Part of the reason we will unpack everything on delivery (other than being very helpful!) is to make sure that we recycle as much of this packaging as possible and to that end we recycle at least 22 tonnes of cardboard and paper every year.
There are many facets to the environment and it is not always the obvious ones that need attention – trees for instance are the usual target for most but it is also the smallest of interactions in nature that need attention too and there is no bigger (…. or smaller !) example than that of the humble Bee which has been in rapid decline over the last decade or so.
The bee is a great contributor to the pollination of many species of flora, indeed many garden plants and agricultural/ horticultural crops (These include most tree and soft fruits, also many vegetable crops rely on this pollination) also need bees to bring about pollination by transferring pollen from the flowers anthers to the stigmas.
It is needless to say that if this pollination was slowed, its impact lessened by the smaller area a reduced population of bees could pollinate, it would obviously effect the abundance of plant life but it could in turn have a massive impact on our wildlife who rely on this flora for food, shelter or even mating, many insect species and butterflies are already in massive decline because of disappearing habitats, obviously there are many other factors that will contribute to this but on of the biggest proportion is attributed to the lack of pollination.
So to this end we sponsor the local Salisbury and District Bee Keeping Association to help them in increasing hives and bee numbers across the south.
We now have several service and delivery vehicles on the road and as you can imagine there is quite a large fuel bill to met every year so again it is in our interests to have the most efficient vehicles on the road ….. that’s it job done. Well not quite, it is all very well having efficient vehicles that in their own right are friendly to the environment and on paper will no doubt save us money on the fuel bill but if we do not use them in a efficient manner then these numbers are meaningless and so we we introduced vehicle tracking systems.
These allow us to not only give good indication of how deliveries are going but to plan our routes more precisely, to monitor and reduce our fuel usage and even check the mileages to make sure that we not only run each of the vehicles as productively as possible but with as little environmental impact as we can.
New EU regulations have come into force this year with regards the importation of timber and any products that are made outside the EU, A world of furniture has for many years been very proactive in this area and has always made sure that we have purchased furniture from reliable manufacturers across the globe that have come from sustainable sources , to this end we have worked hard over the last couple of years to make sure that all of our suppliers have the correct FSC Certifications for their products.
This is just a summary of the things that we get up to as a business and I am sure that other ideas will come to us over the next few years as there will always be ways to improve our efforts and you can rest assured that this will be like everything that we do in that we will always strive to better ourselves and the ways we go about our business.