Our environmental impact

Our environmental mission is to build towards a circular wood economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2020 the UK generated around 4.5 million tonnes of waste wood. Around 90% of this was processed by the high-volume wood recycling industry into biomass for power stations, composite sheets like MDF, animal bedding, and landscape surfaces, and the majority of the rest went to landfill. Although it’s great to see how far recycling in this country has come in recent decades, we believe we can do even better.

Learn more about the UK wood waste economy

How we meet our environmental goals

The circular economy

In conventional economics, raw materials are extracted and transformed into products, which are then used and thrown away. This is a linear economy, going in one direction, so it’s unsustainable – eventually everything will end up as waste.

The circular economy is a vision for eliminating waste by looping all resources back into the system in a self-sustaining cycle similar to a natural ecosystem. Finding this balance may take time, but by following a few simple rules, we can move much closer to this kind of sustainable circularity.

How are we doing?

Reuse and recycling

To meet our environmental goals, we first need to collect as much wood as possible by building relationships with wood producers. Then we need to make sure the wood gets reused effectively by ensuring our workshops are at full capacity and there’s a robust customer base for our wood and products. In 2021 we collected about 24 thousand tonnes of wood and reused 40% of it.

Find out how we track reuse and CO2
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