Published on Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Duffield Timber will be celebrating World Environment Day (WED) on 5th June. This year Canada plays host, with the theme focusing on “Connecting people to nature – in the city and on the land, from poles to the equator.” To celebrate, we take a look at what WED is and what practices and precautions we take to ensure that we are an environmentally friendly company.
WED is the United Nations’ primary drive towards encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Originally introduced in 1974, WED has grown to become a hugely popular campaign and it is now celebrated annually by stakeholders in more than 100 countries.
“WED is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change. Through decades of WED celebrations, hundreds of thousands of people from countries all over the world and from all sectors of society have participated in individual and organized environmental action.” (United Nations, 2017)
Here at Duffield Timber we have several practices and precautions in place to ensure that we only purchase timber from trusted suppliers and from well-managed forests.
We are fully FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified, which means that our consumers can purchase wood which has been fully identified as being produced from a well-managed forest. Many of these forests operate by felling one tree and by planting two to replace it - a great initiative that ensures the timber trade can remain sustainable.
Another objective we have is to reduce the amount of waste timber produced. We have invested heavily in new machinery over the past two years. This specialist equipment is designed to optimise the amount of wood that we machine, therefore greatly reducing the amount of waste we produce. A recent addition to our extraction system has also reduced sawdust waste - here we see our sawdust being blown straight into the back of a trailer which is then collected on a weekly basis and recycled. Heavier wood waste such as woodchips are recycled to heat our sawmill during the winter and larger items are made available through our Joinery & Woodworking Centre for woodworking hobbyists to utilise.
At Duffield Timber we strive to work as well as we possibly can with the environment and we are always continuing to create new ways to reduce waste timber.