There are many ways you can help the environment while getting the most out of your garden. Choosing Garden Sheds, Storage Sheds, Western Red Cedar Pergolas and Gazebos from sustainably produced wood and choosing paints/varnishes carefully can all help in doing our part for our planet Earth. Western Red Cedar is a truly sustainable building material. It has the lowest environmental impact when compared with other materials such as brick and fiber cement and vinyl steel aluminum. Independently certified, it is harvested legally and sustainably from managed forests in British Columbia.
Choosing a Garden Shed, Pergola or Gazebo from Outdoor Living Today is not only a wonderful design choice for your garden but also makes you part in the effort in environmentally sustainable actions. But what is Outdoor Living Today committing to do?
In 2010 Outdoor Living Today and our partners have been rewarded PEFC™ chain of custody certification. PEFC™ is internationally recognized and acknowledged certifications committing their bearer to the following:
Outdoor Living Today is committed to the Chain of Custody (CoC) and to ensuring the integrity and validity of the CoC and to the organization’s certified product.
When our customer buy PEFC certified products from us, they are assured that the materials are from sustainable managed forests. OLT owner-operator Greg Bailey
Under the CoC, OLT commits to process wood fiber only from sources that are not controversial. Furthermore we will make our best efforts to avoid trading and sourcing wood fiber originating from the following categories:
- Illegally harvested wood
- Wood harvested in violation of traditional or civil rights
- Wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities
- Wood harvested in forest being converted to plantations or non-forest use
- Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted
- Will not process wood fiber from any international trade in endangered species of wild Fauna and Flora.
Typically, an efficient lumber mill extracts approximately 50% of the log into saleable lumber. Because OLT utilizes so many smaller pieces of lumber for our 50 backyard kits that would otherwise be chipped and turned into waste, we extract an additional 20% from each log.
As you can see from the math, extracting more from each log potentially means less trees are used. Reducing your environmental footprint by 20% is massive and one we believe our customers really value,” notes Greg Bailey.
Western Red Cedar offers unique, natural performance characteristics and exceptional beauty that bring warmth, character and longevity to the interior and exterior of residential and commercial projects around the world.
Whether you choose knotty or clear grades, Western Red Cedar offers virtually unlimited versatility and design flexibility in terms of size and profile.