Here at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we have strong environmental values. We operate in accordance with a strict policy, not only to protect the environment but to help you to create an environmentally responsible kitchen too. This blog posts explains how.
Why Choose Wood?
Wood is a renewable resource, unlike stone and concrete which use far more fossil fuels to produce compared to wood. Wood also creates no waste because it can be used as an energy source. Here at Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, we do exactly that by using our offcuts to heat our warehouse.
Trees store carbon as they grow, reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and helping alleviate global warming. Finally, once the wood has reached the end of its life, it can be easily recycled or upcycled into other products or chipped up and composted.
We visit our suppliers in person to carry out rigorous checks before we purchase any material. To ensure that our strict conditions are being adhered to, we continue to make regular visits thereafter.
We source our oak from Forest Stewardship Council certified and sustainable sources within Europe. This is also true for any of our worktops that use other European timber such as ash or beech. It is all purchased from sustainable forests that have established replanting programmes.
Our exotic timbers, such as wenge, sapele, iroko and zebrano, are purchased via trusted agents who can provide us with full documentation and chain of custody. This is so we can ensure that we are sourcing our wood from legal sources.
All of our American timbers are PEFC certified (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and come from one of the largest mills in the US. Needless to say, we do not engage with anyone involved in illegal harvesting and demand a transparent chain of custody to ensure that all our timber is ethically sourced. Furthermore, all the timber we purchase is in accordance with EU timber regulation.
Farrow & Ball Eco Paint
Farrow & Ball are our exclusive paint partner and we use these natural and water-based paints to delicately hand-finish our cabinets. Not only do they match the natural integrity of the oak we use, but they are also environmentally friendly.
Their paint is water-based and has few VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs release pollutants into the environment as they evaporate and have an unpleasant odour. These water-based paints do not have this odour so you can paint your walls without making your kitchen smelly.
Just like us, Farrow & Ball share our passion, values and respect for the environment. They are equally as motivated to care for the environment whether it be responsibly sourcing raw materials, responsible energy use, packaging or distribution.
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