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BUILDING FABRIC & EXTERIORS


Composite materials have the ability to retain their colour for the lifespan of the product


that their composite materials use FSC 100 per cent certified timber from well managed sources. This is an incredibly important element to our products’ make up, and my 20 years’ experience as a timber merchant has helped to enforce the importance of that across our ranges.


Most end users – including businesses, governments and local authorities – are committed to using responsibly sourced timber, creating a resultant demand for manufacturers to provide it. That said, the primary reason for using FSC 100 per cent certified


timber comes down to environmental and social responsibility, which anyone operating in the timber trade should see as an obligation to uphold. Choosing FSC wood guarantees that


the trees harvested are replaced and allowed to regenerate naturally. FSC also upholds rigorous ethical standards such as making sacred areas of forests exempt from felling, as well as creating protected areas to ensure rare animals and plants are not disturbed. Similarly, it also supports local communities by encouraging forest owners to use local


workers for tree felling. We agree that these standards should be encouraged across the board at manufacturer and consumer level.


In keeping with our personal commitment to sustainability, some of our products use the equivalent of more than 280 two-pint recycled plastic milk bottles per square metre of decking, making the product an eco- friendly and sustainable decking solution.


The birth of composite materials is an exciting development for the industry, opening a lot of possibilities for outdoor applications. In years gone by, plastic was seen as the enemy of the timber trade, but I welcome the changes that the introduction of plastic can bring to enhance the abundant natural properties of hardwoods. The amount of opportunities composite materials can bring to the building sector is extraordinary and we’re looking forward to seeing how the market grows in the future, along with how the timber trade continues to diversify to make room for innovation and product development.


Charles Taylor is the sales director of Composite Prime


november/december 2017


www.sbhonline.co.uk


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