Forest Stewardship Council
Sustainability at all levels
As Thorpes rely on a natural resource we always strive to ensure that we are environmentally responsible and that we operate as sustainably as possible.
To that end we look at potential areas of improvement in all areas of our organisation, and we are delighted to have gained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Accreditation. The FSC are an internationally recognised organisation that promote the “responsible management of the world’s forests”. To gain accreditation Thorpes needed to be ‘Chain of Custody’ certified to the FSC standards and this covers every discipline from tender stage and material sourcing through to production of our product.
Procedures have been implemented at Thorpes by Operations Director David Dean to ensure that all purchases and processes comply with the certification.
Buying from FSC certified forests and sellers not only ensures renewability in the product itself, but also that the forests are responsibly managed; thus ensuring sustainable practice at all levels of the chain, not only for the forests themselves but for the many rare animals that make their homes there.
Wood as a material offers greater environmental benefits that many alternatives. It has the lowest embodied energy than many mainstream building materials, for example, 24 times the energy is expended in the production of steel. There are also carbon benefits as trees absorb CO₂ as they grow; every cubic meter of wood used as substitute for other materials displaces an average of 1.1 tons CO₂. If this is added to the 0.9 tons of CO₂ stored, then each cubic meter of wood can save a total of 2 tons of CO₂.