Taking steps towards a sustainable future
Posted on: 14th Aug 2018
West Bridgford Joinery are delighted to announce that we’ve achieved certification under both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes. This is great news for environmentally-conscious customers as we can prove we’re managing our timber supply chain responsibly and sustainably at every stage.
Why sustainability matters
The future of the world’s forests is of vital importance to the survival of our planet. Without sustainably managed forests, human, plant and animal life as we know it would eventually come to an abrupt halt.
At West Bridgford Joinery, this is a big concern. Our work naturally means that we use large quantities of many different types of timber, sourced from all over the world. We’re acutely aware of our environmental impact and want to do more to reduce it. That’s why we decided to sign up for Chain of Custody certification with both the FSC and PEFC.
When we source timber through either of these schemes, we know our suppliers are complying with strict environmental, social and economic standards at every stage of the supply chain. This goes much further than simply planting trees! There are many other considerations, from protecting the habitats of endangered species, to making sure workers have safe working conditions and are properly paid, to respecting indigenous communities.
All these issues are close to our hearts. By becoming FSC and PEFC certified, we can play our part in ensuring a sustainable future for everyone. It’s about bringing our own personal ethos and beliefs into the business and showing that we’re really willing to walk the talk.
About the certifications
You might be wondering why we decided to sign up to both programmes. One reason was simply to make sure we can source sustainable timber from almost anywhere in the world. FSC was originally developed for tropical areas rather than forests in Europe and North America, with PEFC being introduced in the 1990s to cover these areas.
Nowadays, the schemes cover more than 100 countries between them. This gives us a fantastic choice of timbers from well-managed forests, all brought to us through responsible supply chains.
FSC and PEFC work in slightly different ways, but both are recognised by the UK government as meeting its requirements for responsibly-sourced timber. Both require a stringent accreditation process, which has led to us changing some aspects of our operations, tightening up certain processes and training our team in new procedures and legislation.
All this has required a considerable investment in our business – further proving our commitment to helping protect the environment whilst offering our customers the very best in quality and choice.
Part of a wider approach to sustainability
If you’re familiar with our ethical philosophy, you’ll know that West Bridgford Joinery believe in ‘furniture for life’. As noted in our ‘Taking care of the future’ article, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of furniture ends up in UK landfill sites every year. And it’s not just the items themselves that are being discarded. The originally sourced materials, and the energy used in production and transportation are also being wasted.
Cheap, mass-market furniture simply isn’t built to last. It’s causing the the planet to be be damaged and families to miss out on precious heirlooms that could be used and enjoyed for decades.
We believe in creating high quality furniture to classic, timeless designs that don’t date and can be proudly handed down from generation to generation. Our approach has always been to design and build unique pieces of furniture that are personalised to meet our customers’ current and future needs.
This ethos means the sustainability loop goes full circle at West Bridgford Joinery, from the moment a tree is felled to the time we deliver a finished piece of furniture to a customer.
Going another extra mile
We’re constantly looking for more ways to make our business environmentally-friendly. Another recent initiative has been to review our use of single-use plastics. Where possible, we now avoid these and use cardboard packaging where we can. This has meant sourcing new suppliers, but like our FSC and PEFC certifications, we firmly believe the effort and investment are worthwhile.
Like to know more?
For more information about our FSC and PEFC certifications, or any aspect of our sustainability activities, please contact us and we’ll be pleased to answer your questions.