Sustainability is important to us as a company.
We are proud to be manufacturing products from sustainable timber.
Many people make the assumption that cutting trees for use in timber products will be bad for the climate & environment because fewer trees will be available to absorb carbon from the air. This is a correct assumption if you are referring to conventional logging that is destructive as trees are not replaced.
However, this is not true when referring to sustainable timber which is harvested responsibly and is good for the environment. Sustainable timber necessitates that when one tree is cut down to be used, another is planted to replace it. More carbon is stored by young growing trees than older trees.
As long as a timber product does not burn or rot, its carbon content stays ‘locked up’. When trees are harvested, their carbon is stored in timber and they are replaced by new young trees therefore the net effect is removing carbon from the atmosphere, which is good for the environment.
Charltons are committed to making the best use of the resources available and with timber this involves four major processes;
Forestry – growing timber absorbs carbon dioxide fixes the carbon and releases the oxygen. As the trees die and decay the process is reversed. It is therefore important to harvest the trees for timber products to prolong the carbon fixing.
Sawmilling – sawing the trees into timber products fixes the carbon for the life of that product in fencing or building timbers.
Recycling – Sawn timber products can often be recycled into chipboard where the carbon remains fixed for another period.
Power – Chipboard products can then be used for generating heat and power finally releasing the carbon back into the atmosphere. The growing forest will again fix the carbon completing the cycle.
All of our timber is assured as being from PEFC
Timber is purchased on a sustainable basis and we are certified PEFC (CATG-PEFC-136).
We use minimal packaging on our products. Employees are encouraged to be environmentally sensitive recycling paper, cardboard, plastic and wherever possible car share.
Our usage of fossil fuels is being reduced and minimised wherever possible with efficiencies in our transport, electric powered vehicles, biomass heating being used with in the workshops and solar panels producing a large percentage of our energy.