Timber Procurement Policy

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In February 2015 Empatika joined the WWF-UK’s Forest Campaign

As part of that we pledged to:

1. Buy timber and timber products from sustainable sources by 2020, and make our performance public on this page.

2. Support the call for the EU to close the loopholes in the current EU Timber Regulation so that all timber and timber products must be from legal sources.

3. Support the call for the UK government and the EU to complete the transition to a market in sustainable timber and timber products by 2020.

Additional steps and detail of what we will work towards.

4. Use wood that is Legal and traceable. (Certified wood is legal and traceable)

5. Use recycled material where possible (We already use chipboard which uses part new certified material and part recycled material, e.g. wood that comes from old building sites. Sometimes we can also use a customer’s old furniture to make something else with)

6. Use certified wood with full chain of custody. (Buy wood that is certified from sustainable sources)

7. Work towards being F#C certified. (Become the final part of the chain of custody, if one part of the chain is not F#C certified, then the next cannot be F#C certified either. Certified wood is wood that can be traced through every supplier back to the forest if was grown in which must also be certified which means they are growing wood sustainably)

8. We will aim to only buy from UK and Ireland sources. (The wood we use is grown in Ireland, manufactured in the UK, and the chipboard we use is manufactured in the UK from part recycled material and part certified material. We purchase mdf and chipboard, using well known, certified suppliers.)

9 Where we buy from local suppliers on the spot (which represents less than 5% of our purchasing) we will work with them to get the evidence we need for the timber we buy to ensure it is either legal or certified.

10. We don’t use tropical timbers in our business because we are able to source what we want sustainably from domestic sources.

11. We will continuously research new more sustainable products and wood board as and when technology improves and materials become available in the UK market. (Our director collects and talks about eco materials from around the world, click here to see more about it.)

Part of the pledge is to be transparent and publish how much of legal and sustainable wood we have bought, so below we will update this page with the amount of wood bought in Kg every year, and how much of that is legal and how much of that is certified and how much is certified with chain of custody proof.

What timber we bought in 2014.

In 2014 we bought 11754 kg of wood for our business. Over 95% was from our main supplier who is not yet chain of custody certified, but buys material from suppliers that are, like Meyer, Lathams, and others.

We keep track of our timber supplies and hold records which we are happy to make available by appointment to satisfy our customers we are checking the environmental credentials for our products.

An action for us going forward is to establish better information for a small amount of timber we purchase (<5%), coming from other local suppliers who do not operate a chain of custody system.

Find out about other sustainable materials we use on our website here.

What timber we bought in 2015.

In 2014 we bought 10370 kg of wood for our business. Over 95% was from our main supplier who is not yet chain of custody certified, but buys material from suppliers that are, like Meyer, Lathams, and others.

Note from our director Tristan Titeux.

“We are a small company providing a very bespoke service to private clients, and I am taking it on myself personally to make my customers more aware of the issues that concern our environment and to do something about it together before it’s too late. I am very passionate about not taking more than we can and not destroying things like our amazing forests, that have been around for thousands of years. We cannot rob our children of the resources they will also need to use in the future. Taking action to be sustainable and sharing our resources fairly and equitably is what we want to do – I hope you share my view and decide to be a part of it.”


For any information regarding this document please contact the director of Empatika, Tristan Titeux at info@Empatika.uk

This page has been drawn up using the Governments “Green Claims Guidance” document found here:

Read about the WWF Campaign here.

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