Responsible production to us means making being aware of the environmental impact of our furniture. It should be made of 100% solid wood, FSC or recycled wood and built to last a lifetime. 'Eco friendly', 'green', 'sustainable' - these have become buzz words these days but it's hard to know what's what. When we launched our environmental rating guide in 2006 they were virtually unheard of. We're proud of the awards we've won and responsible production continues to be the cornerstone of our business. We visit our suppliers, we insist on only certified (FSC) or recycled timbers for any new products and we work with our current manufacturers to certify their goods. But it's not just timber sourcing, it's also about who makes our furniture and how it's made. We don't believe in creating imminently obsolete furniture for the sake of trends. Our pieces are made to last, both structurally and aesthetically.
FSC stands for Forestry Stewardship Council. It is regarded by us and many others as the gold standard in international forestry certification. We are proud to be supporters of FSC, and use whatever influence we have to get others in the industry to adopt their certification standards. The FSC regulates the management of forests, including the rate at which trees are removed for timber. This goes beyond simply ensuring more trees are planted, but also takes into account such things as the biodiversity of old growth forests and the rights of indigenous people that rely on forests for their homes and livelihoods. The FSC doesn't just certify a forest, but offers a "chain of custody" programme which ensure that the sustainably harvested timber can be tracked all the way from the forest, through saw mills, timber merchants and workshops all the way to the retailer and ultimately your home. We are pleased to be certified FSC license holders and part of the chain of custody scheme. Below are some of the products that qualify for FSC labeling. They don't just look beautiful in your home, but have a provenance you can be proud of too.