Urbane Living care about the environment we live in. As a retailer we feel it is our duty not only to be responsible for the quality of our products but also the impact our products have on our environment.
All our products conform to the following policy:
- Goods stated as being FSC® or PEFCTM certified are certified. All items purchased as FSC or PEFC certified will be invoiced with relevant documentation to demonstrate that your floor is certified. In order for a product to be certified the person/company your are buying from must be in ownership of a Chain of Custody Certificate and specify on your invoice each item that is certified, without documentation means the product is not certified.
- Urbane Living are Chain Of Custody certificate holders of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). FSC (RA-COC-005535CX) and PEFC (CATG/PEFC/096)
- We will not misleadingly state products as FSC or PEFC certified.
- Goods Stated as European Oak will be from forests within the EU. None of our European Oak Flooring products originate from either China or its neighboring forests in Eastern Russia.
- We will not supply you with CITES listed products unless FSC Certified
- We will not supply Wenge, Merbau, Teak, Santos Mahogany, Iroko, Mongo, Danta, Ebony, Zebrano, Palisander, Imbui Muteye unless the invoicing specifically states your product is FSC certified
- To avoid polluting substances whenever possible, we take care to protect the environment in production, packaging and transportation of products.
- Urbane Living work with manufacturers who use natural and sustainable materials and who adhere to socially responsible business practices. When matching products with manufacturers we evaluate factors such as durability, affordability, and environmental benefits.
- Urbane Living purchase timber products from within the EU and North America as these areas have forests growing in size. Forests in Europe and North America increasing 4 million ha and 12 million ha respectively in the last 15 years (source www.sustainableforestprods.org). Timbers from outside of these areas will have FSC or PEFC certification.
The Trademark of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) indicates that the wood used to make the product comes from a forest which is well managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards. The forest of origin has been independently inspected and evaluated according to the principles and criteria for forest management agreed and approved by the Forest Stewardship Council or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes. FSC and PEFC are international, non-profit association whose membership comprises environmental and social groups and progressive forestry and wood retail companies working in partnership to improve forest management worldwide. Learn more about FSC and PEFC.
Buying green – what are the benefits to the consumer:
- Cost efficiencies can be made, for example buying walnut flooring or American walnut flooring may be more expensive than carpet or laminated flooring at the outset, the life span of wood or bamboo flooring is considerably longer providing cost savings in the long run. Moreover with most natural materials, they tend to age beautifully and improve with the years.
- Your personal health should be an important consideration. Natural materials have proven to absorb CO2 resulting in enhanced indoor air quality. Furthermore many building products can contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which have a track record of causing illnesses such as skin rashes, nausea, asthma and other breathing problems and is suspected to contain carcinogens.
- Decorating naturally also gives a sense of ‘goodness’ and well-being in ones self. We like to think this phenomenon is more than just a feel good factor as it is fundamentally being altruistic. We like to think if we look after our environment, it will look after us.
- Buying green can also be empowering, taking responsibilities for your actions and thus putting you at the driving seat of the way you design your home.
Buying green – what are the benefits to the planet:
- According to Friends of the Earth, an area the size of England was lost every year during the 1990s. Forests play a vital role in our global ecosystem. Tropical rainforests are not only home to tribes whose welfare and survival are being threatened, but it is also estimated that up to 30,000 species of animal and insect may go extinct each year. It is impossible to put a value on this loss of bio diversity, with rainforests estimated to contain between 70% and 90% of all of the world's species.
- Forests help to improve the quality of the air by absorbing CO2 produced by pollution and they are a key resource in the fight against global warming. Trees also play a major role in regulating climate by releasing oxygen that goes on to form water and therefore clouds. Through an intricate rooting system trees also help prevent land erosion.
- Cut emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change by buying products that require little greenhouse gases in their production and transportation.
- By consuming less we reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and minimise the demand on natural resources.
- The effect of consumption has a direct impact on wildlife around the globe; by minimising the demand on our natural habitats we are protecting many wild species on the verge of extinction.