As KBB furniture maker Symphony Group celebrates 50 years trading, it has underlined its commitment to sustainability.
Established in 1971, the Yorkshire-based group employs more than 1,800 people and prides itself on being one of the largest manufacturers of fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture in the UK.
Symphony Group head of marketing Robert Newton said: “At Symphony, we take our responsibility to the environment very seriously. While the KBB industry has started to respond to the ongoing climate crisis, we at Symphony have been leading the way for a number of years.
“We are committed to playing our part through continual learning, innovating and implementing sustainable actions to ensure our business looks after both employees, customers and the planet. Symphony has a history of innovation and we have continuously reviewed and enhanced our operations to ensure that The Symphony Group is a leading example in sustainability within our industry.”
In the past three years, Symphony says that it has reduced carbon emissions per million pound of turnover by 27% and recycles more than 98% of manufacturing and office waste over its three sites. The company also installed a biomass boiler, which saved 1,762 tonnes of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of taking 381 cars off the road for one year or the annual energy usage of 203 homes.
In terms of its products, Symphony says that 49% of its cabinet chipboard is made from recycled material and 100% of its timber-based materials are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
The company also uses water-based paints and its plastic cabinet legs are made from 100% recycled materials. That also applies to all of the cardboard boxes it uses.
Symphony has also formed a partnership with The Used Kitchen Company to encourage its retailers to sell their old displays through that channel and suggest to customers that they do the same with their old kitchens.