At every level, whatever we do it is easy to overlook the effect we might have on our surroundings. However with the future of 4 daughters, a son and 3 grandchildren to consider we are acutely aware of the need to look after our environment wherever possible. We have therefore put together a statement of intent, which we can implement within our own living & working environment.
We believe in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable approach to our forests and surrounding environment. As such we will deal only with companies adopting a similar approach.
We work solely with Scottish home grown timbers and will help promote their beauty and usefulness wherever and whenever possible. By so doing, supporting local enterprise and helping our woodlands have a long term sustainable future.
We feel it is important to put back more than we use in our lifetime, to this end we have invested all our profits over our 20 years in business to purchase a 43 acre site in Scotland, on which we have saved an existing dying ancient oak woodland, planted a 23, 525 mixed hardwood woodland and a 50 tree mixed fruit orchard. Thus off setting what we will use hundreds of times over in our working lifetime.
All finishes used on our furniture are naturally-based such as Lemmon, Tong, Danish and hardwax oils. We also use Beeswax which we harvest from our own bees.
The paper for our drawings, brochures, letter headings etc. are all printed on recycled paper when required or kept digitally and viewed on a computer screen. All printing is done in house on an, as needed basis, reducing unnecessary waste.
We endorse and encourage the circular economy approach to life. Our workshop and timber storage buildings being built from recycled mobile cabins, timber off cuts are used to fuel our workshop wood burning stove and all sawdust is used by local farmers and equestrians.
Steve & Jacqui McLean May 2019
The environment is in us, not outside of us. The trees are our lungs, the rivers our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment ultimately you do to yourself.
Timber is one of the few building materials, which can be grown, harvested and regenerated in Scotland as a sustainable resource. By purchasing a Scottish hardwood kitchen or piece of furniture you are helping to sustain our broadleaf woodland resource by encouraging its ongoing management for the benefit of the natural environment, ourselves and our children.