Environmentally Friendly Bus Shelters
Sustainable Timber Shelters
Manufacturing only from sustainable timber.
Our hardwood is imported directly from well managed forests, which must adhere to strict rules and guide lines. We are audited regularly to ensure compliance with the stringent regulations, making sure the origin of all our hardwood is totally accountable.
By buying hardwood shelters from Littlethorpe accredited organisation, you are helping to preserve the future of the world's forests by making sure the forests are properly maintained. Manufacturing steel or aluminium shelters requires the use of vast amounts of energy; even recycling metal requires almost as much power as new smelting. Mining and smelting can cause environmental damage, timber absorbs carbon as it grows, and it looks pretty good too.
Products made from timber have a lower carbon footprint than similar products made from metal. The smelting of Aluminium causes the release up to 13.5 tonnes of Carbon into the atmosphere, the production of steel up to 1.75 tonnes. Research commissioned by our trade body, the British Woodworking Federation, discovered that wood products (in this case softwood windows) were carbon neutral over a sixty year life span thus; the carbon released from forestry, transportation, processing, manufacture, delivery to site and the maintenance of the softwood windows including the materials used and the transport getting to site was equal to the carbon absorbed by the tree as it grew. What is true for softwood windows will be even more so for our product.
It is our intention to keep the naturally absorbed carbon that is in the timber we buy locked into the timber for as long as possible by producing products that have a very long life span, to assist in this we back our products up with a maintenance plan and after care.
The decorative stains we use are, for environmental reasons, all water based.
Littlethorpe, as an environmentally aware company has a policy of reducing waste as far as possible, approximately 95% of all our waste, measured by weight is recycled; this is being monitored with a view to eventually reaching 100%. When we buy our hardwood we send our requirements in the form of a cutting list for the product we need to make to the certified saw mills in the forests of South America thus the amount of waste hardwood being transported and used is the very minimum; approximately 2%
We try and optimise our delivery vehicles to avoid running half empty Lorries or making unnecessary journeys. We prefer to see local contractors used for ground works to avoid unnecessary mileage. We shut our computers down at night; leaving electrical goods on standby wastes energy.
Preserving the world's rainforests...
Deforestation and greenhouses gas emissions are two of the most worrying issues in today's world. In a recent Greenpeace report, cattle farming has been shown as the major influence in the increase in deforestation and the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Rainforests throughout the world are being cut down, (often illegally) to make way for cattle farms. In fact clearing tropical forests for agriculture is estimated to produce 17% of greenhouse gas emissions - more than the entire global transport system!
In a recent article in the Guardian Weekly , Sarah Shoraka, from Greenpeace said "The cattle industry is the single biggest cause of deforestation in the world and is a disaster for the fight on climate change." Incredibly, 20% of the Amazon rainforest has been lost since 1970, and cattle farming is the biggest threat to the remaining rainforest. Big ranches are blamed for 80% of all deforestation; the number of cattle in the Amazon grew from 21M in1995 to 56M in 2006. A Greenpeace report, called "Slaughtering the Amazon" which took three years of research, compiled government records, company documents and trade data. Campaigners used satellite images, surveillance flights and under cover visits to assess deforestation on dozens of ranches across the Amazonian states of Para and Mato Grosso.
The report goes on to detail how meat from illegally deforested ranches is mixed with legally produced meat and sold on to unsuspecting retailers who believe they are buying only legally produced meat products.
How do we stop this?
Forests must be given greater commercial value to remain standing and continue as forests long into future.
In order for us to preserve the world's rainforests they must be given greater commercial value to be left standing rather than being cleared for agriculture. If forests have no commercial value they will simply be cleared for cattle farming. The Forest Stewardship Council's system makes sure forests are farmed in a sustainable manner, helping to maintain them and taking into account the needs of people and wildlife in the forests, as well as retaining important medicine and fruit.
All of the timber used by Littlethorpe is bought from sustainable and managed forests. By buying from Littlethorpe you are buying from a company that puts financial resources into the hands of people who have a vested interest in managing the forests in a sustainable way. It is vital to use certified timber to ensure both the source of the timber is totally accountable and ensure forests have a greater value left standing than cleared (for agriculture).
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