Gowercroft is committed to the R3 policy of environmental sustainability. Reducing our usage, Reusing wherever possible and Recycling everything else.
Here is a breakdown of how we achieve this
- Our products are designed to achieve very high standards on energy efficiency and draught-proofing to reduce energy usage throughout their lifespans. We exclusively use water-based paints and finishes. These coatings do not release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are toxic to the environment and can be carcinogenic to humans and animals. Water-based paints are safe for disposal and have a long shelf life. Products painted with water-based paints are safe to burn in domestic applications at the end of their service life – so our products will never end up in the landfill.
- All of our standard products are made from fast-growing, long lasting timber from plantations in the developed world. These trees take about 25 years to reach full maturity, but will last upwards of 50 years in application – being a net Carbon sink. If we are required to use tropical hardwoods, then all of these timbers will come from managed plantations independently-verified under European regulations for sustainability. The majority of our timber is ordered based on component sizes, so we have very minimal waste material in the thickness and width.
- Our timber off-cuts are incinerated in our on-site Biomass heater, with the heat generated used to warm the factory and ensure an ambient drying temperature in the paint shop.
- All shavings are taken by a local farm and are used for bedding animals. This mixture is then used to mulch around the farm.
- All joinery products brought back from sites across the U.K. are fully disassembled; with glass and ironmongery recycled and the timber put through the Biomass burner (where the paint system allows). All uPVC and Aluminium frames are taken away for recycling.
- Our 16,000 square foot workshop produces less than 5,000 kilograms of landfill each year. (The domestic average per person, per year is just over 600 kilograms.)