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Growing trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere at a rate of 1 tonne for every m3 of growth and convert it into carbohydrates through photosynthesis while releasing the oxygen we breathe. The CO2 is locked away for the tree's life and the life of the timber and paper products coming from the tree.
The best way to use forests is as a carbon sink by harvesting the timber and converting it into products (which continue to store the carbon) while replanting more trees than before.
We use rigorous verification systems to monitor our supplies. We have Environmental Chain of Custody for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)® and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
Our suppliers are also independently audited for the Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP) of the Timber Trade Federation and Forests Forever.
We strive to reduce our packaging and waste by working closely with suppliers. We work with an accredited agent to ensure we are compliant with Packaging & Waste regulations. Packaging has been reduced by over 20% in the last 3 years.
Waste Management & Recycling
We continually review all areas of our branch procedures to minimise and reduce the volume of waste we produce. New Malden, our largest site, uses a Biomass heating system. This is a renewable energy source fuelled by wood waste generated in the branch. Our Edenbridge Mill collects and recycles wood shavings that are then used for livestock bedding.
Our commercial fleet is entirely made up of Euro 6 standard vehicles. Software is used to provide the most efficient daily routes for our delivery vehicles. Telematics software is used to monitor driver styles and provide coaching and guidance to ensure safe and efficient driving practices are maintained. We are FORs Silver accredited which involves being audited to demonstrate robust fleet management processes including having enhanced fuel efficiency measures in place. These measures include monitoring NOx omissions, having relevant policies and up to date training. Over half of our branch forklifts are now electric.
The TTF has been supporting timber traders for over 125 years and has seen climate change become a defining feature for the government, regulators and customers. As well as supporting their members’ interests, they work to maintain and enhance timber’s sustainable reputation at a national, European and international level.
All TTF members must operate under our strict Code of Conduct. They empower their members to lead the standard of #trustedtimber by completing their Responsible Purchasing Process (RPP) due diligence system.
Buying from a TTF member means buying timber you can trust.
PEFC care for forests globally and locally. They work to protect forests by promoting sustainable forest management through certification. This means you can all benefit from the many products that forests provide now, while ensuring these forests will be around for generations to come.
The PEFC chain of custody establishes the link from the forest to the market, tracking forest and tree-based products from sustainable sources to the final product. In addition, this standard includes management requirements, including health, safety and labour issues.
TRADA is a company limited by guarantee and a not-for-profit membership-based organisation. TRADA’s origins go back over 80 years and its name is synonymous with independence and authority. Its position in the industry is unique with a diverse membership encompassing companies and individuals from around the world and across the entire wood supply chain, from producers, merchants and manufacturers, to architects, engineers and end-users.