Running a business that manufactures furniture and kitchens leads to a daily battle with our conscious when we consider the impact on the environment. All our timber is from FSC certified sources and we do our best to utilitise offcuts to create some of our smaller furniture pieces. Our workshop also uses a proportion of the timber offcuts to create wood chips which in turn are burnt and used to heat the buildings. All of this helps, but we are also very keen to investigate alternative materials and seek out greener solutions for our products. Over the coming year we aim to increase our use of sustainable materials in our projects and in our furniture pieces.
We’ve started by looking more at cork. This was always on our radar, but we’re yet to use it. Cork is the outer layer of bark tissue from the Quercus suber (cork oak). It is stripped from the tree between May and August, leaving the tree unharmed. Once it is stripped off, the tree is able to absorb higher levels of carbon dioxide, so the harvesting is beneficial to the health of the tree and the environment. Once they reach maturity at 25 years, the cork oaks are harvested every nine years. The tree is unharmed and the cork bark simply regrows. In sustainability and environmentally friendly terms that’s pretty hard to compete with, so we are looking forward to investigating how we can introduce it in to our products. Check back in with us soon to see how we get on ….