Environment

We make toys for the future generations who will inherit the world we leave behind. It is essential that we do nothing to make that future world a worse place environmentally through our activities. Even smarter is to leave the world in a better state of health by doing things to help undo the damages that have been done in the past.  

We Are Slow Manufacturers

We subscribe to the ethos of the slow manufacture movement.  As the name suggests, ‘slow’ is a nod to craft and making in a time-honoured way which is the opposite of fast, high volumes of cheap machine made objects. It embraces paced, quality making, which is unapologetic for its commitments to making time-consuming pieces by hand that will outlive its maker and last for a lifetime. It is reliant on the buyer recognising the current mass produced, consumer driven world, is unsustainable and posses enormous problems for the environment.

The Wood We Use

We use only FSC approved European Beech.
Beech is a hardwood tree that grows abundantly in European regions. All comes from sustainably managed forestry operations that are certificated by the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure traceability of the wood used, it's replacement and ethical approaches to the management of forests. Approximately 50% is UK grown with the remainder German forests in origin. In addition we have a small but active planting program of our own at two locations local to our workshops. 

Energy, Heat and Waste

We are signed to a green energy tariff that ensures all our energy requirement is provided by renewable energy sources, primarily wind and solar. Workshop heating is provided by our sawdust and shavings production waste , meaning nothing goes to landfill. We recycle everything and can proudly boast we have no municipal waste collection service to our works as quite simply, it is not needed. 

Who we support

Each December we disperse a proportion of income from sales equally to 4 charities that we have chosen to support through the year. This years recipients are listed below and the choices are based on who we feel are working hard to improve environments and ultimately benefit the globe as a whole. Two are global organisations and two work within the United Kingdom. Please visit their webpages to find out more about what they do

TreeSisters is a UK registered social change and reforestation charity that places tropical forest restoration into everyone’s hands. Through individuals and businesses that give back to Nature every month, TreeSisters has so far funded the planting of over 15 million trees across 12 locations in Brazil, Borneo, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nepal and West Papua.

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. To achieve this objective, they have to work on a combination of closing the source and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean and doesn’t go away by itself. They are developing capture & harvesting methods and aim ultimately to put themeselves out of business.

We’re a conservation charity working across Britain and Ireland to help anyone interested in making a better world for our rivers, lakes and their wildlife, including our native trout. Flourishing wild trout populations are a sign of the health of our waterways and the land around them. Our team of expert Conservation Officers work with landowners, local communities, fishing clubs, rivers trusts and government agencies to offer practical advice and hands-on habitat improvement projects.

The Woodland Trust work every day to ensure the 1,000 woods in their care grow and thrive. They open up access to their woods free of charge and welcome thousands of visitors each year to enjoy these spaces.  They have sites across the UK. From forests to little urban woods, we keep our sites open year-round for all to enjoy.