Reviive launches new initiative to create bespoke furniture from recycled wooden garden decking
A Shropshire recycling and resale centre has launched a unique initiative aimed at people looking to dispose of their used wooden garden decking.
Reviive will collect the unwanted material and then create a bespoke bench to either sell back to the person or family who supplied it or to the general public through one of its outlets in Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford.
The idea came about after the organisation was commissioned to make one for a respite home in Oswestry earlier in this summer. Based on the home’s positive response and realising the potential to further utilise the skills in-house furniture design professional David Williams, MD Julian Price decided to add the product to Reviive’s portfolio.
He said: “Combining his 18 years’ experience as a carpenter and joiner with a degree in furniture design and making, David has already created some fantastic pieces for us from recycled wooden furniture. We hope that by adding a piece of this quality and sturdiness to our range we can potentially tap into the bespoke garden furniture market. Although we are flexible enough to consider creating smaller versions, the product will be a three-seater bench, finished off with brass screws, made from approximately 70 metres of wood, and either bought back as the completed item for £250 or sold for £300 through one of our showrooms.”
1 & 2 David Williamson with a three-seater bench created from recycled wooden decking.
3 & 4 The three-seater bench.
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Reviive was established in 2010 by two Shropshire based charities – Shropshire Housing Alliance and South Shropshire Furniture Scheme. It has four centres, three in Shropshire at Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford and one in Chester. The Chester centre is a member of Cheshire Furniture Re-use Forum.
Reviive is a social enterprise and its aims are to directly help young people and the long-term unemployed with opportunities to work in a supportive environment and learn and grow in confidence so they can enter the job market in a stronger position.
Reviive’s profits supports charities that work with homeless people, women fleeing domestic violence, young people having to leave the family home as well people facing health problems and needing to change and re-build their lives.