The Joinery bakes briquettes to cut waste
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Joinery, which makes furniture guaranteed for life, prides itself on its sustainable practices. Read on to learn about the company's latest waste-reduction move.
The Joinery invested $30,000 in a machine that turns fine sawdust into wood briquettes for burning, a move that reduced the furniture maker's waste stream by 80 percent.
Since installing the machine last August, The Joinery has started making 1,225 pounds of briquettes each week and giving them away to anyone who wants them.
"I use them in my outdoor fireplace," said Mark Dunning, who oversees machines at The Joinery. "They burn really hot."
While the company was already working to recycle its sawdust, it was having trouble finding a way to reuse the very fine wood flour. The Ciso Briquette Machine, which is made by South Carolina company Weima America Inc., solved that problem.
The Joinery, which is a certified B Corporation, has 24 employees in Southeast Portland and had $3 million in revenue last year.
To learn more about The Joinery's briquette solution, click on the image above.
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