Thompson Upholstery Service - A Green Company
Thompson Upholstery Service
Is a Green Business
Recycle, Restyle... Reupholster!
Thompson Upholstery Service is proud to be a Green
business, we have made a commitment to reuse, re-purpose, recycle, restyle and
reupholster. We believe in
preserving old furniture because it is strong and solidly made, and
because we don't like to see it end up in landfills. "They just don't
make it like they used to" is so true in the furniture business. Most
new furniture is made of plywood, particle board and cardboard - yes
cardboard. The average life span of a new piece of furniture can be as
short as 3-5 years, whereas an old, solid piece of furniture that is
reupholstered could last 20-30 years. It really does pay to
New fabric brings new life to old furniture.
When furniture gets old, it gets brought to the curbside where a
sanitation worker hauls it to the landfill.
According to the EPA, over
3% of landfill waste is furniture. Making recycling furniture one of the best ways to prevent our landfills from overcrowding.
Furniture manufacturing also accounts for heavy electrical use.
Factories run 24/7, producing millions of pieces of furniture. Toxic
chemicals are often used to create synthetic upholstery such as
formaldehyde and melamine. Wood is plentiful and cheap when it comes
from the rainforests. Many furniture companies buy cheap foreign wood
that is not sustainable. Mass producing furniture is inherently bad on
all accounts and through all processes.
Reupholstering existing furniture pieces prevents hundreds of valuable assets from being sent to the landfills.
The "Three R's" of Protecting and Preserving the
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.