Thornbridge Sawmills care about their environmental track record and recognise that the protection and preservation of our planet’s resources is paramount to ensure the wellbeing of future generations. This is why we conduct our operations in the most environmentally friendly ways. We believe that our responsibility towards the environment is crucial, and the balance between meeting our business needs and keeping our carbon footprint to a certified minimum guides our company’s mission.

Chain of Custody

Thornbridge Sawmills were awarded the Chain of Custody certification in May 2008.

Chain of Custody certification enables us to offer you fully certified FSC® (C004427) and PEFC™ stock. Our scope covers softwoods, hardwoods, sheet materials and engineered wood products (including roof trusses and I-beams) and doors. Look for our FSC® certified products.

Obtaining Chain of Custody accreditation underlines Thornbridge’s commitment to the environment. The company continues to work closely with all its suppliers to encourage greater use of certified timber so that our continual improvement programme can be fulfilled and sustained.

What is Chain of Custody?

‘Chain of Custody’ is all about protecting the world’s forests from over-exploitation. Trees are essential to the environment. The production of most building materials creates significant atmospheric and water pollution. Growing trees actually counters the effects of pollution by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen, thus purifying the atmosphere.

When trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, they convert it into carbon, which is locked away for the entire duration of the tree’s life, the life of its use as timber and the life of its use after possible recycling. As long as we continue to grow more trees than we harvest, using timber from well-managed forests helps slow the rise of global warming. For these reasons, wood is ever-important to government development strategy, and informed consumers are increasingly aware of and sensitive towards these issues.

‘Chain of Custody’ is the system which links and traces a harvest log from the forest through its various stages of processing to the point of sale. It ensures that timber bought from legal and sustainable sources passes through suppliers who also hold a ‘Chain of Custody‘ certificate, and can then be sold on to customers as a guaranteed certified product. The ‘Chain of Custody’ system is approved by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) and the Forest Stewardship Council® (C004427). The PEFC™ and FSC® (C004427) stamp of approval are marked on all paperwork throughout the timber’s journey through sawmills, processing yards, distribution points and sales outlets.