The depletion of the Earth's natural resources is something that concerns us all,
and rightly so. We at CAPITAL CRISPIN VENEER
take this issue extremely
seriously both as individuals and collectively as a business.
Wood is, after all, one of this world's most precious raw materials and an extremely
versatile product of nature. Special care must be taken by all concerned with its
use that everything possible is done to conserve future supplies. This in turn means
that the forests of the world must not be further reduced in size. Not only are
they the source of the precious material we handle but also natural areas of great
beauty and interest, and home to countless other living plants and animals whose
survival must surely be of immense importance to everyone.
Converting legally felled trees into veneer means that each log is utilized to yield
the maximum amount of valuable surface material. Where appropriate, veneering on
to a suitable processed board is far less wasteful than using solid timber.
There is nothing wrong with using one of nature's finest products providing care
is taken through responsible forest management to see that replanting is guaranteed
- where possible with the same species. By the same token, it is surely also important
to utilize as much of each veneer as possible. Large design schemes calling for
all veneers to be used at a standard width for instance, are incredibly wasteful
of a material that has taken many years to grow. When every veneer leaf is to be
cut to a width of say, 200 mm, this results in anything under around 210 mm being
thrown away and wider material being cut down to the chosen width with all its resulting
waste. This is even more incongruous when the specifier wishes to show his environmental
credentials by insisting that the log(s) emanate from a certificated forest area.
We are not buyers of logs "in the round" since we do not slice our own veneer. Our
suppliers are established and reputable veneer mills, mostly situated in the country
of origin, and we are satisfied that all of them have a responsible environmental
Our company is both FSC®
(Forest Stewardship Council)
(Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
Schemes) registered for Chain of Custody. Certificate nos. are SGS-COC-002530 and
SGS-PEFC/COC-0071 respectively. We are also members of Woodland Heritage, an organization
dedicated to forest conservation and management in the U.K.
Currently, relatively few veneers originate from certified sources but, whenever
possible, our policy is to purchase FSC or PEFC material. Where this is not possible
we take extra care by asking questions of our suppliers concerning their policy
for the sourcing of any species that may be of concern. Of course, some high quality
logs originate from individual estates or farms where it is highly unlikely that
any certification scheme will apply since, in the main, these cover forest areas.
In all its activities Capital Crispin Veneer is committed to achieving environmental
best practice whenever practical, and reducing the consumption of packaging and
other materials by sensible recycling and monitoring.