As a company that has spanned three centuries, we have witnessed a lot of change over the years, but none has been more important than our environment and what we can do to protect it.
At Furphy’s, we have taken an ambitious step towards a more sustainable future by committing to reducing our impact on the planet and embed sustainability into how we do business. Not only are all our products produced from a clean energy source, but the majority of them are either made from recycled materials, have a low impact on the environment, or are sustainably sourced.
100% Renewable Clean Solar Energy Source
You can feel good knowing that all products manufactured at our Shepparton Foundry are produced using a clean, green, solar energy source. We utilise solar power across the entire facility, which also includes powering an electrical furnace producing 100% Recycled Aluminium Castings.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Furniture
HDPE has a low impact on the environment. It is lightweight and super strong making it a most versatile product. It is manufactured from industrial sources, pallets, car bumpers with little to zero waste as scraps or off-cuts are recycled and re-recycled. It is a low maintenance, sturdy material ideal for varying shapes and configurations and comes in a variety of colours. HDPE is extremely resistant to mould, bacteria, mildew and insects and has a service life expected to surpass that of timber.
Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) Furniture
WPC is an environmentally friendly, highly durable and versatile material. It is made from wood fibres, plastics and inorganic filler materials, although more typically it is manufactured from 50/50 blend of wood products and plastics. The composite material, also known as eco wood, is not only low maintenance but can be made to look like wood. WPC is a sustainable bioproduct, that can be recycled to create brand new WPC. The composites offer better mechanical properties than traditional products, with superior rigidity and strength compared to other plastic materials. It also has improved weather resistance and lower maintenance requirements compared to traditional timber.
100% Recycled Aluminium Castings
At Furphy Foundry, we manufacture our castings using 100% Recycled Aluminium to produce high quality, long lasting and low maintenance products. Sourced from a specialised Aluminium recycling company, they sort scrap supplied by dealers and industry to produce a large range of Aluminium Alloy ingots. The particular alloy produced for Furphy Foundry is called DA601 in Australia. Recycled Aluminium uses only 5% of the energy used to create new Aluminium and emits only 5% of greenhouse gases. It is for these reasons that approximately 75% of the Aluminium ever produced is still in use today.
Sustainably Sourced Timber
At Furphy Foundry, we utilise environmentally friendly, sustainably sourced, harvested and manufactured timber from around Australia and New Zealand.
- Queensland – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Northern Rivers, Sunshine Coast and North Queensland
- Victoria – Locally selected high end furniture timbers
- South Australia, Tarpeena
- Tasmania, Bells Bay
- Western Australia – Western Australian Government managed sustainable forests
- New Zealand – Blenheim, Marlborough Region
- All timber used in our products meet specific Australian standards and building codes.