Innovation in Upholstery

How sustainable is upholstery? What are the modern-day makers doing to consider the global impact of their work? What services does the future need us to provide? Why is sustainability so important?

How Bristol Upholstery Collective is approaching sustainability

22 million pieces of furniture are discarded each year in the UK alone.


Here at Bristol Upholstery Collective, we are passionate about creating meaningful relationships between people and their possessions.


We spend a huge amount of our lives surrounded by furniture so why not make quality pieces that can be remade and restored to last a lifetime?

Circular Economy - helping to preserve raw materials and minimise waste

Upholstery is a huge player in taking the future of furniture into a more sustainable circular economy. 


Emotionally Durable Design? Create value in existing items of furniture rather than new ones. Designing items that customers want to keep and treasure - family heirlooms

Enhance the resilience of relationships between people and their products.

Generating durable meaning and value of products,

Slow interiors/design?

Designing intentionally, for your space/home for longevity 

Designing for future generations

"The best way to predict the future is to design it."

- Buckminster Fuller




Sitting Sustainably...


Second sitters, Alex Law, Vanessa Butt, Rachel South

Vanessa Butt - Is on a mission to be foam free 

Offers her new eco-friendly cushion to her clients called Thought-Fill.



We invited Cable and Blake.....

Sustainable benefits of wool...

Naturally fire retardant 


Natural fibre - biodegradable, doesn't contribute to micro plastic pollution  

Reacts well with moisture, warm in winter, cool in summer


The Eco Modern Footstool 

Modern upholstery often uses synthetic materials, such as foam. These synthetic materials are linear in their use and have no value once disregarded. 

Compostable components:

 A layer of rubberised coconut fibre which is suspended in natural latex

Cotton Wool layered felt.

The lifecycle of the footstool. 

> Frame made from southern yellow pine. Pine is a fast-growing species, which tends to be more sustainable than slow-growing woods like Oak. Southern


Yellow Pine is a clean, renewable, non-toxic, recyclable, bio-degradable & energy-efficient building material

Clean - In its natural form, it doesn't release any toxic gases or fumes, making it clean and chemical-free.

Renewable - Southern pine is the most sustainably renewed species of tree in the world. The harvesting process in the EU now requires more trees to be planted than harvested, so our forests are actually growing!

Recyclable - The wood can be re-used and reworked to suit another project. 

Bio-degradable - It will decompose and return its nutrients to the Earth's natural cycle. 

>Hairpin legs - Made from Steel

Due to its strength, a minimal amount is needed to do the job

It is endlessly recyclable - nearly 70% of new steel products produce each year are sourced from scrap metal instead of fresh ore.

It is non-toxic to humans and the environment

Very hard-wearing, can be repainted and upcycled

> Hessian - Hard-wearing, economical, easily grown and produced, biodegradable

>Bottom Cloth, Webbing, Piping cord, Cotton Wool Wadding - Cotton is sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable

>Woolguard - being 100% natural, renewable and biodegradable, thermo-regulating, no microplastics.

Atmospheric carbon - acts like a fertiliser by slowly releasing valuable nutrients and carbon back into the soil

>Spray Glue

>Nylon Twine 

> Rubberised Hair -  Covered in Neoprene 

Reupholster every 10 years for £200 = £0.05p per day