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Recycled Benches - How they're made

View Archive Monday, 17 December 2012

Recycled Benches - How they're made:

Recycled Garden Bench with arms
Recycled Eco Park Bench (with arms 1.8m)

 Whilst away on a recent trip to Indonesia, we took our cameras so we could show you some of the processes involved in manufacturing the enviromentally-friendly furniture we sell. 

Recycled Plastic Factory in Indonesia
The factory we visited to oversee the bench manufacture
Recycled furniture is a great choice for the gardener who wants to remain environmentally-conscious. You need not throw comfort out the window, as these benches have been ergonomically designed to ensure that anyone who sits in them will be supported suitably. You can be guarenteed that you get only environmentally friendly products when you opt for recycled garden furniture. Recycled benches and picnic tables are ideal for private gardens but are just as at home and useful for commercial purposes. Pub gardens in particular, benefit from durable, recycled bench and table sets.

The natural grain affect on the material gives the bench a classic look, whilst maintaining the integrity of a new, more durable product. The benches are made from recycled plastic, strengthened with metal. 

In this photo showcase, we'll show you how waste polyester (shown below) is turned into hardwearing, beautiful looking benches, reducing the impact made on our forests worldwide.

waste polyester used in furniture production
Polyester in its waste form

The polyester decontaminated to a high purity level, ensuring it is safe for use and that any inpurities do not affect the integrity of the bench. During this process the polyester is crushed into smaller peices.

crushed polyester for use in furniture mould
Polyester crushed into smaller peices
The polyester is mixed with ultra-violet (UV) stabilisers and colour pigments in the header tank, and again crushed into even smaller peices. The size of the polyester affects the finish and quality of the furniture. 

Polyester mixed with UV and coloured pigments, crushed very small in order to feed into the mould.

The waste polyester then gets melted with other waste plastic into larger lumps. These lumps are fed into the the mould/extrusion machine. 

Waste polyester is mixed with other plastics to form larger lumps.
The polyester is mixed up with other waste plastic to form into larger, more maleable lumps.

The moulds contain the grain, and there are varying types of moulds for different types of furniture and finish.

Wooden grain on a bench made by plastic mould
Wood effect grain is moulded on during the manufacturing process

Here you can see the wood effect that is moulded onto the material, giving it a natural finish.  

Grain on recycled material used to make furniture
A close up of the wood effect finish

Wood effect on Recycled plastic bench
This shot shows the makeup of the durable, weather-proof panels.

The mould can do many styles of finish, this one is weathered teak!
The popular "weathered teak" like finish

Many of our benches have a weathered teak look, which makes the bench look ideal in most outdoor settings.

Polyester & Plastic moulded furniture peices
Finished peices ready for assembly

 The peices are cut to different lengths, and then assembled using sturdy mortise and tenon joints, strengthened and reinforced with metal components. range of recycled garden furniture
Our range of recycled garden furniture


The recycled material mixture is then made into the beautiful and solid furniture that you see in our showroom and on our website, eco-friendly, maintenance-free and suitable for any outdoor setting.