all timber is from sustainably managed plantations either in Australia, NZ or USA -- no rainforest timber.
all pieces are designed to use the minimum amount of material for the maximum amount of effect. the volume of timber in even the largest light is minimal considering the size of the light. plywood is the least wasteful form of conversion of timber because the round log is peeled with knives -- no sawdust and no half rounds off the edge. oil finishes are organic non-toxic natural oils with no harmful solvents. wood is left natural where possible.
where we use plastic, the material can easily be separated out and recycled under the cradle-to-cradle ethic. we are waiting for a suitable pla type plastic (made from plant matter) to become available in sheet form, to replace the oil-based plastic we currently, reluctantly use.
nearly 70% of the electricity we use is renewable hydro-electric. many designs are packed flat and kitset for easy and low energy freighting. all designs are classic and intended to last, not to look out-of-date quickly.
all assembled pieces are made to the highest craft standards for maximum longevity.
all manufacturing is in New Zealand as we take full responsibility for the effects of this activity -- we do not pass on the problems to another cheaper country.
all waste from the factory is sorted and sent to separate recycling facilities.
this is just a start and we are trying to improve all the time. a whole new sustainably built and run workshop facility is in planning.