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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 carbon footprint to calculate the Carbon footprint of every aspect of its business including its supply chain and offsetting far more than just these emissions by paying for trees to be planted in a certified tree planting schemes in Kenya, and now also the UK. Woodworks now pays for 2 trees to be planted every single week of the year (104 per year). This is more than enough to balance out the emissions of our energy usage,  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.

5% to the Planet

WoodWorks started giving 1% of profit back to the planet in environmental donations in April 2012. In 2016, 2017, and 2018 this figure was over 2% and in 2019 we will achieve 5% which we hope to sustain for the foreseeable future. Examples of ways in which we do this include  paying for trees to be planted in the UK and Kenya, contributing to causes such as Greenpeace, and helping animal welfare charities such as Compassion in World Farming (CIWF). For every £100 profit, at least £5 goes back to the environment.

How can I offset my own carbon emissions?

By buying with WoodWorks you are buying a carbon neutral product. But you can offset your own carbon emissions without going through WoodWorks. You can pay for a tree to be planted from just £9 and offset 1 tonne of your own Carbon Emissions. Go to www.carbonfootprint.com or search Google for ‘certified carbon offsets’ to find out more.  The way I see it, I like to give something back to nature for all the materials and luxuries we take from it. The technologies we have developed to extract the goodness from nature have made our lives so much easier than they were, say 100 years ago but I hate to see nature pay the price. This is why I like to feel like I am giving back in the most meaningful way that I know how to replenish nature’s stocks for the future.

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