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Environment

“I feel so fortunate to be able to use wood as a construction material and my thanks go out to nature for providing the humble tree” – Leon Baines

Wood is one of the most sustainable building materials around, with one of the lowest ‘carbon footprints’ of any building material available. For this to be true, the wood needs to come from sustainablity managed forests. If you just chop any old tree down and use it without caring about replanting more trees then it’s not sustainable and it’s bad for the environment. WoodWorks ensures the trees it uses are from sustainable sources and WoodWorks also pays for trees to be planted every month too.

Honest Environmental Policy

Many companies write cleverly worded environmental policies to make themselves look environmentally ‘Green’ when in fact they may not be. WoodWorks does not make up any jargon. It is not here to ‘trick’ anyone in order to increase it’s business. WoodWorks actually wants to improve the condition of the world we live or at least leave it in about the same state as when it was in before we started. We do this not just by building nice fences and deckings that will last a long time, but by being Carbon Neutral, planting trees and Using Responsibly sourced materials.

Responsibly sourced timber

I keep making sure my builders merchants give me sustainably sourced timber either under FSC or PEFC schemes. Almost everything we get is certified under these schemes that protect the environment and it is a key factor in my buying process.

WoodWorks is 100% Carbon Neutral

Since April 2012 WoodWorks has become Carbon Neutral by using the Carbon calculation tool on www.carbonfootprint.com and offsetting it’s carbon emissions by paying for trees to be planted in a certified tree planting scheme in Kenya. Woodworks now pays for 36 trees to be planted every year which is more than enough to balance out the emissions of our energy useage,  transportation,  materials, tools and even our deliveries! Click here for our current certification and here to see the latest images of the reforestation project in Kenya.

Woodland Trust Lifetime Membership

WoodWork’s primary source of income comes from trees so as part of our commitment to the environment WoodWorks is a member of the Woodland Trust which protects and maintains the UK woodlands and forests. visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk for more information. This is really only a token offering as it doesn’t cost much at all.

1% to the Planet

WoodWorks promises every year to give at least 1% of all income back to the planet in different ways. Examples of ways in which we do this include  paying for trees to be planted, paying for woodlands to be be restored and protected, helping animal welfare charities and contributing to environmental groups such as Greenpeace. For every £100 profit, at least £1 goes back to the environment. In the 2006/2007 tax year we gave 2% of profits back.

How can I help the environment?

By buying with WoodWorks you are automatically helping. But you don’t need to buy from WoodWorks, you can pay for a tree to be planted from just £9 and offset your own Carbon Emissions if you go to www.carbonfootprint.com or search Google for ‘certified carbon offsets’.  The way I see it, I like to give something back to nature for all the materials and luxuries we take from it.  You may also like to take a look at these incredible animations that show in real-time how much energy and food we consume: Real-time food consumption. Click here. Real-time energy consumption Click here