FSC Certified Engineered Wood Flooring - Sustainable Wood Floors
FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council which is international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forests. When you buy FSC Certified wood floors you can be sure you are buying ethically sourced wood and thusly helping the environment.
All our engineered wood flooring products are FSC Certified including our American Black Walnut.
We are fully committed to supplying only fully certified timber flooring. Even our American Walnut is now FSC
We are audited each year by the Timber Trade Federation on their Responsible Purchasing Policy and also by the FSC and PEFC auditors. You can see our percentage of FSC and PEFC certified material since 2013 and the very small percentage of material that was not FSC or PEFC certified still had the relevant EUTR certificate so we can guarantee that all our wood flooring comes from sustainable sources.
FSC supplies of Oak for 2013 were 90%, the balance was Canadian Maple sourced from The North west of Canada and for our American Walnut we had an EUTR report compiled by Bureau Veritas Certification, you can see a copy here.
In 2014 95% of all our wood flooring supplied was FSC as we only recently starting sourcing Oak form Central Europe where it will be PEFC certified. The balance of 5% has a EUTR certificate from the supplier.
You can see frequently asked questions on FSC timber here.
Wood Flooring costs less. Wooden & Bamboo Flooring are the most environmentally friendly products in the construction industry. The Timber Trade Federation issued a very interesting document on the use of timber in construction. Some of the contents have been reproduced here, see our environmental policy.
Other useful sustainability links:
FSC Web Site (scroll to near the bottom to see us)
The European Commission published an updated guidance document on the EUTR.
The Commission have also launched a new EC Website on the EUTR.
For every tonne of CO2 a tree absorbs from the atmosphere nearly ¾ of a tonne of oxygen is produced.
Our forests are natural highly efficient carbon sinks. Trees absorb CO2 through photosynthesis and release oxygen.
Managed forests are the most efficient carbon sinks and producers of oxygen. The ongoing process of harvesting and replanting ensures there is always a healthy share of the forest made up of younger trees in vigorous growth. These absorb more CO2 than mature trees (which left as they are in an unmanaged forest) eventually die and rot releasing carbon back into the atmosphere.
The CO2 absorbed by the tree during its life is stored within the wood. The longer the life of that product the longer the CO2 is sequestered from the atmosphere. Repair, recycling and conversion to other types of wood based products can greatly extend the length of time carbon is stored.
The remainder of timber that is not certified, the vast majority is well managed with due consideration to environmental and social issues. Certification and sustainable forest stewardship is growing incrementally around the globe: between 2005 and 2009 certification of all timber supplied in the UK grew by nearly 30%. The UK and Europe is most advanced in this process and over 98% of softwood used in Britain comes from here: its sustainability is evidenced by the growth of forest which is the equivalent to the area of Cyprus every year.
The industry which processes the harvested trees and ultimately manufactures wood products is extremely efficient. The International sawn timber producers operate at, or very close to (average 97%), zero wastage of the wood extracted from the forest. Any material which cannot be used as solid wood is converted into wood chips for use in paper, particleboard, landscaping products or biomass fuel, which is often used by sawmills as an energy source.
Using wood instead of other building materials saves an average of 0.9 tonnes of CO2 per cubic metre.
If you use bricks and UVPC you can see the impact on our environment here
Change the materials you use not the climate!