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Bucks Eco Furniture


“Fitting beautifully into your world”

Alan Cooper CabinetmakerOak furniture made from sustainable forests

Eco to us means behaving ecologically and fitting into our world with a positive impact upon the environment. Our customers’ requirements need to be fully satisfied, both practically and beautifully, with craftsmanship so the result is long-lasting. Even recycling processes consume energy and resources, so we feel that furniture made to last a life-time will best satisfy the needs of the planet and well thought-through, excellent quality products will make the life of the user more wholesome and over the longer term, be most economical and least disruptive.

We achieve this by:

1. Targeting locally. In most cases we will only work within a 30 mile radius of Aylesbury. This saves fuel, time and supports our local community with a more convenient service.

3. Using materials which are well-sourced and sustainable. Most materials we use are timber or wood-based products. Not only do we use suppliers who are FSC and PEFC certified, but as even some of those materials are ethically questionable in our opinion, for example, in cases where they are produced and shipped half way round the world or more, we try to use materials from closer sources to reduce pollution from shipping. Unfortunately it is impractical to source entirely from the UK due to demand from a high-density population and as many of our forests have not been as well-managed as some of those in other parts of Europe and North America.

For example, for carcasses we use poplar-cored plywood with an oak veneer. Poplar from Italy and France is fast-grown on an approximate 10-year cycle, and absorbs far more carbon than slower-growing trees and likewise, releases increased amounts of oxygen. The parts of the tree that cannot be used for plywood are used for light-weight mdf and paper-pulp, and the trees are a positive force to combat soil-erosion.

We mostly use European Oak, which is all FSC certified, for its strength and longevity, but in line with diversity, we like to use other timbers as appropriate for the use in hand, like beech or ash for drawer-boxes which blends well, especially with hard-wax oil which we recommend for finishing.

4. Minimising waste by using cutting-list optimisation software to improve efficient use of materials, and also an efficient storage system to use more and waste less. Small off-cuts, wood-shavings and saw-dust are used to heat our workshop. We only use packaging materials if required and primarily deliver using recycled protective mats which we use hundreds of times. Where we can’t use, we recycle wherever possible.

5 Using modern 3d CAD technology in the design process to virtually model the furniture on screen, communicate the design with our clients and finely-tune the concept to perfection.


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