Friday, December 15, 2017

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Environmental Information


bamboo is an exceptionally eco-friendly material

We take seriously the responsibility of managing global resources and do our utmost to source our products ethically and with consideration to environmental, and social, impacts.

We regularly review our products and procedures to assess whether we can improve on what we are already doing, such as: -

  • Transporting our products in ways which minimize environmental impact
  • Using packaging made from recycled material wherever possible
  • Insisting our suppliers source raw materials for our products responsibly and sustainably
  • Many of our products are made from 100% natural, biodegradable materials
  • Regular visits to all manufacturers, to inspect working standards & practices, and support them in making, and maintaining, improvements where necessary
  • Using community-based manufacturing, wherever possible – in villages and co-operatives, rather than large factories. This supports rural economies and reduces both the environmental impact of commuting and migrant working and their social impact on workers

Willow

Willow is a fast-growing, eco-friendly and sustainable material, which benefits from regular cropping. It absorbs, and locks in, carbon dioxide during growth. If buried, this CO² remains locked away. If cremated, only the same amount of CO² is released back into the environment making it “carbon-neutral”. Willow grows without the need for fertilisers, and actually builds fertility in poor or depleted soils. It also provides valuable habitats for wildlife.

Bamboo

Bamboo is the world’s fastest growing woody plant, and actually benefits from harvesting: making it an exceptionally sustainable material. Bamboo plantations provide additional benefits to the
environment: preventing soil erosion, cooling the surrounding temperature & producing oxygen. Species of bamboo used in our products are not eaten by Pandas, and do not harm their natural habitat.

Pará wood

Pará wood is also known as Hevea or “rubber tree wood”. It is a fast-growing hardwood, grown for the production of latex which is the primary source of natural rubber. After its productive lifetime of approximately 25-30 years is over the tree is felled for use as timber. At this time new saplings are planted and the cycle begins again. The tree’s fast growth rate and multiple uses make it a sustainable and environmentally friendly wood.

Bulrush

Bulrush is a reed-like water plant, which is a sustainable and eco-friendly material, as well as making a beautiful woven accent.