Helping businesses and communities do good with wood!


Glasgow Wood Recycling is a social enterprise and charity which finds meaningful ways to reuse and recycle waste wood. The wood waste that they collect from all over Glasgow is gathered and sorted at their South Street workshop, then reused to make quality furniture and design bespoke pieces for home, businesses and social sector organisations – anything from tables in bars to eco-gardens in schools! Through these activities they provide volunteer and training opportunities to local people, as a practical way of tackling unemployment and social exclusion.

Benefiting the environment and community

By reducing the amount of wood sent to landfill, Glasgow Wood Recycling can reduce its environmental impact. Each tonne of wood which rots in landfill is thought to produce a quantity of methane as harmful as 600 kg of CO2. So far Glasgow Wood Recycling has diverted over 4000 tonnes of wood from being wasted. They have also provided 740 volunteering opportunities as well quality training – and a route to employment – for over 190 people.

Designs on Growth

Last year their efforts to tackle social exclusion and promote sustainability were boosted by the announcement of funding from the Scottish Government and European Social Fund for ‘Designs on Growth’ – an in-house design project. The goal is to make 30 well designed, functional products from reclaimed wood. These products will help generate more sustainable income allowing them to grow training and volunteer opportunities and skills development program.

Glasgow Wood Recycling are actively looking to collaborate on projects with innovative circular businesses. If you would like to suggest a product, design or learn more about the project email them at:

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