How will I know if I’m buying green flooring?
One of the easiest ways to tell if the wood floor you are buying is classed as green flooring is to look for certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). In order to achieve FSC accreditation, retailers, suppliers and manufacturers have to meet rigorous standards relating to the management of the forests from which the wood is taken. FSC flooring products are internationally recognised as meeting these exacting standards and treating the environment responsibly.
Why should I buy FSC flooring?
With more and more pressure being put on the world’s natural resources, we should all play our part to help where we can. Buying FSC flooring is just one way in which you can help safeguard the environment for future generations by ensuring that the timber used comes from a well-managed source. The wood used for FSC flooring will come from a sustainable forest, which means new trees are planted to replace those that are felled. With wood flooring becoming an evermore popular option, it is increasingly important for people to choose green flooring products.
What is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)?
The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organisation created to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC is a certification system that provides internationally recognized standard-setting, trademark assurance to companies, organisations, and communities interested in responsible forestry.
Eco homes and green living
Eco friendly homes are becoming more popular, especially with various tv programmes highlighting the move towards renewable sources and self sustainability. We can all do our bit towards green living, with recycling and energy efficient alternatives, as well as choosing floors that are produced in eco friendly ways, such as replanting many trees for each one cut down, or using waste wood to power operations, or indeed towns!
Other issues we have implemented to reduce our environmental impact
Deliveries are calculated by weight and delivery location. We work very closely with all delivery partners to maintain competitive delivery costs at all times. However, this partnership is built on more that just price. We have to consider reliability, care, insurance, service level, practicality and lastly environmental impact. To assist with all the above we encourage our customers to accept deliveries in certain areas on certain days. With this very simple and cost effective policy we have helped to reduce our carbon footprint considerably.
We have looked into ways of improving in-house wastage and simple cost effective procedures like recycling our paper have a big impact. We have reduced printing requirements by 90% by simply emailing invoices instead of printing and posting them. We also encourage others to follow suit with our email disclaimer which requests our email not to be printed unless entirely necessary. Staff encourage manufacturers and consumers alike to share our policies wherever possible with simple but effective use of email technology by requesting that all invoices, statements and communication is to be done by email. We also encourage all payments to be made electronically.
Employees and management are encouraged to make appointments utilising public transport and lift shares to and from work are also implemented.
We all have a responsibility to look after our environment. every little helps!