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Sustainability

At British Thornton, we are determined that not only our own carbon footprint should be constantly shrinking but that of our suppliers too. Therefore our procurement staff are fully focused on sourcing products and materials with the very highest "green" credentials. For instance, 95% of our materials are UK sourced, 60% within a 30 mile radius. We only use timber from companies that are accredited by either Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). We insist on only using board material that is either low or preferably, completely, formaldehyde free.

We ensure that any materials used in the manufacture of our products can be safely incinerated, composted or recycled at the end of the furniture's life.

Packaging is kept to an absolute minimum, in fact on the whole we protect our furniture for transport using only blankets that are removed on delivery and returned to the factory for re-use. What's more, we are part of a partnership scheme where deliveries are concerned, which means that the vehicles we use never travel empty, even on the return journey.

Our manufacturing processes bear some scrutiny too. Recent initiatives include the installation of infra-red curing ovens in our polish shop ensuring any remaining solvent is removed through their catalytic converters to reduce our VOC emissions.

We have installed a wood / waste burning incinerator, so that our factory can be heated from waste material. Any excess material is processed into fertiliser and used in local farming.

100% of our general waste is recycled.

We have attained the British Standard ISO 14001:2004 accreditation, in order to maintain this accreditation, we have to prove that we are continually maintaining and improving our impact on the environment. We are required to pass stringent biannual audits, carried out by government assessors BM TRADA that are designed to test such vital areas as recycling, raw material selection, fuel reduction, air quality and energy efficiency. More information on our accreditations can be seen in the accreditations section.

So you can see we understand and accept our responsibilities and you can be sure, British Thornton's products will have the optimum life cycle at minimum cost to the environment before, during and after their working life. 

For more information please contact us or click here to download our environmental policy.

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