Decorative hardwood veneer (unlike most other materials) is a regularly renewable worldwide resource. As a 100% natural product it is also recyclable, biodegradable, non-toxic and energy efficient. Its natural cycle of growth/absorption is a key element in reducing CO2 within the atmosphere, thereby mitigating the “greenhouse” effect and that of ozone depletion.

Veneer is also recognised as the most economical method of utilising timber. As an example, the timber used to manufacture a standard solid 50mm door would provide veneer to clad more than 45 doors of the same size. Our industry has traditionally demonstrated and encouraged the preservation of this valuable natural resource by optimising its decorative use to the fullest visual and economic effect.

The environmental issues of sustainability and ecological management have evolved to represent a significant and important consideration to us all. Clients now look for reassurance that we source raw materials responsibly – and, in the absence of a globally recognised system of certification or labelling, this requires personal review and verification. Our policy of visiting our global suppliers and inspecting both material and records is a measure of our commitment to a responsible, sustainable industry.

The sustainable managed sources within Europe and North America, governed by strict domestic regulations, are rapidly being joined by other developing areas throughout the world and whilst the harvesting of veneer logs represents less than 2% of total logging activity, the same strict international legislation demanding the recognition of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) now regulates our log suppliers worldwide.