Materials

We use materials that have as little impact on our planet as possible, although there are varying levels of how earth friendly each material may be. We have come up with an Earth Friendly Rating, Little Earths measure of how eco friendly a material is depending of the materials used and the process involved to create/obtain the product.

Oak

Harvested the right way

Oak forests have to be managed carefully to make them sustainable, grown and harvested in the right way these tree can be as sustainable as any other species.

Locally sourced

Although a slower growing tree most newly-harvested Oak originates in Britain making it a very sustainable choice of material.

Earth Friendly Rating - A*

Locally sourced wood makes Oak a very sustainable choice.

Tulipwood

Fast growing trees

Poplar is a very fast growing species. This makes is an ideal choice for the sustainable ‘farming’ of timber. Once the trees are cut a new crop is sown ready for harvesting in only a few years. By using fast-grown timbers from sustainable sources you are helping to avoid the destruction of forests around the globe and the animals which reside in them

Carbon store

Like all timbers, tulipwood is a carbon store. Calculations have shown that, at the point at which the tulipwood reached a factory – after felling, sawing, drying and transport – it was still storing far more CO2 than had been generated through its processing and transport.

Earth Friendly Rating - A*

Tulipwood is quite a fast growing tree which means it is a great earth friendly material.

Douglas fir

Use European Douglas Fir

Douglas-Fir that comes from Europe is from managed plantations that comply with the relevant regulations.

Softwood means faster growing

Being a softwood Douglas Fir has a very fast growing time, meaning that with the same amount of land more wood can be produced each year.

Earth Friendly Rating – A*

Local and fast growing makes this timber an eco friendly option

Walnut

Locally grown dark wood

Walnuts are the only trees that can be grown in Britain which produce naturally a dark hardwood timber, making them a sustainable alternative to many tropical timbers.

Lightweight

Walnut has a lightweight feel when handled or compared to other hardwood giving it some very earth friendly properties.

Earth Friendly Rating – A*

Locally sourced, lightweight timber

Birch Ply

Fast growing trees

Birch is a fast growing species and are an abundant in the forests of the northern hemisphere being widespread across Canada, Russia and most of Northern Europe, in particular Finland. They support a myriad of varied wildlife, and where managed as a sustainable forest resource, do not impinge on the natural biodiversity.

Lightweight sheets

Lightweight sheets mean easier and sustainable transportation that can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of a job.

Earth Friendly Rating – A

Made from layers of solid birch glued together in different directions means that birch ply has little impact on our global environment.

Solid Wood Veneered Ply

High quality finish with low carbon footprint

Timber veneers are appreciated for their beauty but it’s often overlooked that specifying veneers is one of the most sustainable ways to use wood products. Decorative veneers for high quality appearance uses are sliced, while veneers for plywood production are generally rotary peeled. In both cases, one log goes a long way.

Lightweight sheets

Same as for birch ply these sheets are the same just with a thin layer of solid wood which mean easier and sustainable transportation that can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of a job.

Earth Friendly Rating – B

Same as the birch ply but with a thin layer of solid wood covering the surface, the same earth friendly values as the birch ply, just with a layer of wood extra.

Eco Board

Made using agricultural by products

Eco boards do not release nor contain formaldehyde toxin. They use agricultural fibres, residue or by-products from harvests, a product that is usually burned as a waste problem.

100% biodegradeable & Carbon free

ECOBoards are produced in emission free factories CARB2 using 97% biomass and just 3 % resin and will emit no VOC’s. They have a negative carbon footprint and will have stored 0.98 kg CO2 per kg including energy used.

Earth Friendly Rating - A*

Made from agricultural residues such as straw or reeds eco boards are our most earth friendly option when it comes to interior material.

VOC Free, Breathable Paints

VOC free

Volatile Organic Compounds, known as VOCs, are carbon based chemical compounds found in most paints. VOCs are harmful to your health, the environment and contribute to global warming.

Conforms to EU Ecolabel standard

The EU Ecolabel is an independent accreditation system for goods and services that meet the strict environmental criteria of the scheme. There are a number of accreditations available but the EU Ecolabel is unique because it is truly independent of any profit making organisation and not an accreditation that can be ‘bought’.

Earth friendly rating - A*

We use highly breathable paints that are hard-wearing and come in a selection of beautiful colours to suit any job and fill any room with a mood that is required