Here at Border Hardwood, we are committed to developing our business in a sustainable way. This ensures that we can offer our customers a quality product that they know has been responsibly sourced.
Commitment to sustainable business.
Why is sustainability important to us?
One of our primary mission statements here at Border Hardwood is that we develop our business in a sustainable way, to minimize our effect on the environment. As timber merchants, we are aware of the damage that deforestation can cause, by irresponsible merchants and illegal logging.
Deforestation has a massive impact on the ecosystems of the world and is the main cause of soil erosion and habitat destruction. Aside from the damage to biodiversity, it also has huge implications for local communities that live in areas subject to deforestation; for these communities deforestation results in a loss of quality of life and a decrease in food and water security.
This is why it is so important to us that we operate in a sustainable way, to minimise the effect of our industry and protect forests for future generations.
This ensures the security and longevity of the trade; while allowing us to offer our customers peace of mind with every piece of Oak they buy from us.
Our environmental certifications.
Because we are committed to supplying quality Oak that has been sourced sustainably, we make sure that all of our Oak has the highest certifications of environmental quality possible.
The FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council™) is a global Forest Certification system that promotes sustainable forest management and responsible procurement.
This is done through the use of a certification system that allows businesses who are verified to use their logo. This logo informs customers that the product they are buying reaches the standards of the FSC® and doesn’t reward damaging, or destructive practices.
The FSC® symbol on our products ensures that all aspects of our supply chain and processing procedures have been independently audited by the FSC®.
All of our wood is also PEFC™ certified, further highlighting our ethical business behavior. The PEFC™ certification and logo is a globally trusted trademark of sustainably managed timber.
Our certifications allows Border Hardwoods customers to make responsible purchasing decisions; this also allows us to demonstrate our compliance with the European Union Timber Regulation.
The EUTR has been enforced in the UK since 2013 and prohibits placing illegally harvested timber in the EU market. We operate well within the regulation and only import certified European Oak from suppliers that we trust.
Sustainability on site.
Our commitment to sustainable business practices extends beyond the Oak that we supply, through to the way we run our head office in Shropshire.
Operating mainly out of our site in Shropshire, we aim to be as energy and water efficient as possible; further enhancing and cementing the business mission statement in our culture.
To ensure our sawmill is run efficiently, we have installed solar panels, to reduce the electricity consumption of the site. We also use rainwater harvesting to reduce our water consumption and the businesses use of clean water.
Further to this £200,000 has been spent installing a biomass boiler, that fuels the kiln used to dry our Oak.
All of this investment into renewable technologies on-site helps us to reduce the carbon footprint of the business and helps us become more sustainable.
Sustainability in the office.
We have a dedicated internal sustainability officer, who is committed to ensuring we are running our business in a way to limit our environmental impact.