We are the market leaders in appreciating the importance of sustainable sourcing and won’t do business with any supplier who can’t prove the origin of their timber. The vast majority of our new wood floors are FSC
or PEFC certified – we’ve been FSC compliant since 1997, long before it was a mainstream issue.
Most companies charge extra for this certification, whereas we include this as a given at no extra cost because we believe it is the right thing to do.
Consider these five points when you specify wood flooring to ensure you make the most sustainable choice possible.
Only use certified floors
Limit carbon intensive materials by using FSC and PEFC certified floors (not just accredited companies) that are harvested as part of responsible and sustainable forest management.
Specify long life wood
Choose carbon capturing materials by specifying long life wood products that lock away carbon and can be regenerated. This is about moving away from single-use floors to those that can be refurbished over decades, and being prepared to choose floors with the least environmental impact.
Consider the life time cost
Specify wood floors that can be easily reused and reclaimed. This takes into account the lifetime cost of the floor. For example, consider wood floors with thicker wear layers, where possible, (at least 3 or 4mm) so that floors can be re-sanded.
Use high-recycled content materials
We reclaim centuries-old wood all the time. It’s humbling to see this natural material, knowing it will probably outlive us all, be put to use time and time again and enjoyed just as much by future generations.
The best opportunity to influence customers is at the design stage. Our sales team can work with you to provide the information and samples you and your clients need.
The Forest Stewardship Council is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC® runs a global forest certification system with two key components: Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use timber and forest products produced from well-managed forests. FSC®‘s “tick tree” logo is used on product labels to indicate whether products are certified under the FSC® system. When you see the FSC® logo on a label you can buy timber and other wood products, such as paper, with the confidence that you are not contributing to the destruction of the world’s forests.
For FSC Mix® products the timber or fibre in the product is a mixture of some/all of the following:
- Timber or fibre from an FSC®-certified forest
- Reclaimed timber or fibre
- Timber or fibre from other controlled sources
FSC® 100% wood flooring contains nothing but fibre from FSC® certified forests. FSC® certified forests have been independently audited to meet FSC®’s 10 principles and criteria for forest management.