Reducing our environmental impact has been a big part of the business since the word go. It’s vital for the future success of our company, our society and our planet.
Ever since Tom and James founded the company in 2008, they’ve committed to abide by the most sustainable practises possible in the industry. While there is always more to do, Bath Bespoke has made great strides to achieve an eco-friendly status. Find out about our sustainable practises below:
How do we source our energy?
We power our machines and lights using energy from the solar panels based on Hartley Farm. Solar energy is one of the cleanest sources of energy on the planet as it does not produce any pollutants. While they work more efficiently in direct sunlight, solar panels don’t actually need direct sunlight to produce electricity. This means we’re able to harness energy all year-round. Installations like this one on Hartley Farm are incredibly effective. A similar but smaller rooftop solar panel system on a household is thought to reduce pollution by 100 tons of carbon dioxide in its lifetime. This includes the energy it took to manufacture the solar panels, according to The National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Where do we source our timber from?
As a carpentry company, it’s obvious we love working with wood. It’s an incredible material with a rich heritage, famed for its aesthetics and properties. But as a carpentry company, we also have a key responsibility. A responsibility to source our wood sustainably and ensure forests are protected not only for future generations to enjoy, but for the sanctity of our ecosystem.
Bath Bespoke was founded on this mindset and our first priority was to source a local supplier who acted on this. Latham’s Timber was the perfect match. By having a branch in Bristol, we were able to meet with the team and discuss our need for high-quality sustainable wood. The company is deeply committed to sourcing sustainable wood and heavily supports environmental initiatives to protect and replenish the environment from which it takes.
Every two seconds an area of forest the size of a football pitch is illegally logged. Sadly, here in the UK you can still buy furniture and other products made from illegal or unsustainable wood. But Latham’s are leading the way to try and stop this. The Group is an involved supporter of the policies adopted by Forests Forever, a campaign by Britain’s timber industry to help safeguard the forests of the world through improved forest management. Likewise they are key supporters of the WWF Forest Campaign and the FSC– initiatives which seeks to protect the environment and cut out the trade in illegal and unsustainable timbers.
What other materials do we use?
Oak and Walnut – for our furniture, and furniture interiors. 100% FSC or PEFC certified.
Accoya – for our furniture doors, frames and all of our painted joinery. Accoya is one of the most eco-friendly timber materials on the planet.
Birch Plywood – for our kitchen carcasses. 100% FSC certified.
Natural Paint – we only use water based environmentally friendly paints with low VOC levels.
Natural Wood Oil – we use a next generation oil to coat and protect our timber. This oil is made from natural ingredients, no solvents and contain 0% VOCs.
Worktops – We only use 100% FSC timber in our wooden worktops. We also use Silestone and Corian worktops, some of which contain post-consumer content including mirror, glass and porcelain, for the ultimate eco-friendly finish. These worktops are highly durable, long lasting and can easily be repaired and renewed—thus minimising landfill.
Paint and Finishes
Sustainability is a top priority in all aspects of our work and we only source from businesses with a similar ethos to our own. That includes paint, coating, and finishes. Our paint is water based and is significantly lower in VOC’s than alternatives on the market. Likewise, the oil coating we use to protect our wood is the first and only oil in the world that doesn’t contain VOCs or water. It’s also completely environmentally friendly. We source only the finest finishes on the market, and all lights we use throughout our designs are energy efficient. They run on extremely low voltage, not only saving you a hefty energy bill but also the planet.
Waste, Recycle and Heat
We’ve installed a WT10 wood burner in the workshop which enables us to burn our wood waste and convert it into heat energy. This energy is then used to heat our workshop in the cold winter months. Our WT10, which was made in the UK, is fully compliant with the clean air act without an oil or gas afterburner and dramatically reduces our environmental footprint. We recycle all of our other waste at a local facility and try to be as paper-free as possible in the workshop and office.
As well as this we give all our sawdust to the local farmer on Hartley Farm. He then uses it as bedding for his herd of cows.