Through using sustainable materials, recycling all our waste, planting trees in the UK whilst protecting those in the tropics and offsetting all our carbon emissions, we aim to have a positive impact on our environment.
Our Environmental Policy
Our strict policy is to use only the most sustainable and responsibly sourced materials available, whilst preserving and actively regenerating the delicate and vital forest ecosystems that we rely on so much. This means NO unsustainable materials, NO rare timbers and NO tropical hardwoods.
Through our partnership with the Woodland Trust we are helping to replant the UK’s native woodland and prevent any further loss of this ancient resource. The Sustainable Kitchens tree dedication scheme ensures the planting and maintaining of trees with every kitchen we make.
With our enthusiastic fund raising for Rainforest Concern we help them protect threatened natural habitats and the biodiversity they contain along with the people who rely on them for their survival. Our fundraising for Rainforest Concern includes annual events by foot or pedal that normally ends in a trip to the physiotherapist!
Every year an area half the size of the UK is cleared of natural forests. These forests, which once covered half of the planet, are irreplaceable and their loss has profound economic, social and environmental impacts. The products of this illegal trade can be found throughout the UK, from building sites to private homes.
We aim to offset our carbon emissions and do this through purchasing Rainforest Concerns Forest Credits, see our certificate here.
The two classifications we look for when sourcing our materials are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). These classifications are awarded for environmentally, socially responsible and economically viable forest management.
We only use Timber and sheet materials which are deemed to be ethical and which carry certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) who promote sustainably managed forests worldwide. We do not use any tropical hardwood’s.
So what materials do we use in our sustainable kitchens?
American White Oak – for our doors, frames and drawer boxes. All our oak is PEFC certified
Birch Plywood – for our carcasses and drawer bases always carries an FSC or PEFC Certification
Natural Paint – we only use water based environmentally friendly paints with low VOC levels.
Sustainable worktops – We only use 100% FSC timber in our wooden worktops. This includes American White Oak, Maple, and Beech. We can also offer a range of recycled worktops made entirely from post consumer products such as glass.
Our suppliers are PEFC or FSC certified. Take a look at their environmental policies:
“A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy.”
We strive to re-use and recycle wherever and whenever possible committing very little of our workshop materials to waste. Careful cutting lists and an eye for recycled design means nothing is wasted. We turn whatever we can into small nick nacks such as spice drawers and chopping boards and everything left over gets thrown into our biomass incinerator to heat our workshop.
We remove and recycle all the waste produced during an installation and any old kitchen units and appliances are offered on to the Freecycle network, It’s good to Freecycle! Visit your local group for more information.
Enough has been said about the harmful effects of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases on the Earth’s delicate eco-systems, the question now is how can we help to reverse the trend and stop harming our planet?
Our exclusive use of next generation LED lighting provides long life, minimal maintenance and pure, saturated and warm colours whilst only using a fraction of the electricity that standard halogen lights require. Their hugely reduced power consumption not only provides a financial and environmental benefit, they also give out very little heat enabling safe use when recessed into ceilings. 50 Watt halogen spots can reach temperatures of 370 degrees and are a common cause of house fires when not installed correctly. Our LEDs use either 4 or 7 watts and are cool enough to handle.
We need to run a van and use electricity in our workshop in order that we may run our business, we offset this by investing in Forest Credits providing a true carbon saving with the benefit of targeted reforestation and the rehabilitation of degraded forests. Plus we contribute an extra 10% making us a carbon positive company. We also use Ecotricity as our energy provider, who offer us 100% renewable energy.