Sustainability


Information instead of greenwash.

We have 3 main areas of carbon use: 

Energy, Postage, Resources

Postage:

We have been doing 95% of our shipping with UPS in the past 5 years. In the previous two it became clear that our airborne shipping needs made sure to be sustainable. We have been shipping >95% Carbon Neutrally for 2 years now through UPS's carbon Neutral Shipment scheme.
In 2019 we spent >£4000 on carbon neutral shipping worldwide.

Resources:
We only use FSC certified North American tulipwood (Liriodendron tulipifera) to make our fingerboards. This is a common tree of the eastern United States and not to be confused with Brazilian Tulipwood which isn't very sustainable! FSC stands for Forestry Stewardship Council - the FSC will only certify wood if it has come from a responsibly managed forest, or in their own words, only if the forest is managed in an "environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable manner".

Other woods we use on the holds, rungs and micros are the FSC approved european hardwoods Beech and Sycamore. We don't use any rainforest hardwoods on whole boards or in our mixes as in-spite of some being labelled as sustainable the 300year growth cycle of many of their trees like Sapele, along with the biodiversity loss means that we only feel comfortable using the volumes of wood we do from European and North American managed forests with more traceability.

We also try to recycle as much as we possibly can in the workshop and we package our fingerboards in recyclable cardboard to help our customers to do the same at the other end (which we hope you do?).

It is for this reason we try to keep plastic packaging components in our products to a minimum. If your product does contain bubble wrap it will be reused from inbound shipments to our warehouse.

Waste wood is reused where possible in smaller amounts and all our milling dust is compressed into briquettes, giving us an 8-1 compression ratio over removing normal sawdust aswell as allowing it to go to biomass burners. 

Energy:
Unfortunately, running our workshop and machinery 5 days a week takes a lot of energy. We get all our electricity from 100% renewable suppliers (mostly wind farms) which is pretty cool. The National Grid are doing a great job with the UK grid. Obviously heating remains the elephant in the room for most businesses but our CNC machines produce so much heat as a byproduct of the milling that they are the principle heat source in our factory (admittedly this isn't great in the summer).

The planet is showing signs of rapid change these days and we are trying to do our bit (albeit a very, very small bit) to make sure we dot our i's and cross our t's when it comes to the word climate. Even without climate change we'd encourage customers to buy form businesses which produce products from renewable sources and leave less waste behind.

Extra:

In recent years we have been enjoying working with charitable rivers trusts these are interesting projects which we feel help tie up any carbon loose ends we missed as well as helping out in areas we believe in. The UK has one of the lowest forest covers in Europe (10% on average) and frequently floods. Rivers Trusts are trying to address both issues by planting in key watersheds first. It seemed like the best place to donate to for us with respect to environmental issues in the UK.

In 2018 we donated £6000 to tree planting in the Yorkshire Dales with the rivers trust there.

In 2020 we are working with Lancashire rivers trust on a similar sized project. More details to follow...