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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?

PEFC™ Certification

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.

With PEFC™ chain of custody certification since 2010, our customers can see at a glance that the products we make are natural products made from materials that are 100% sourced from certified, sustainably 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.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint

Furthermore we are concerned with waste and ever growing landfills. Outdoor Living Today’s designers have therefore designed our Garden Sheds, Storage Sheds, Pergolas and Gazebos to use the wood fiber efficiently and without waste.

OLT buys the lumber from the mills which are considered too short, too thick or too thin for their regular customer’s use.

One great example are our cedar joists and floor runners use in our sheds. Since those parts are not visible under the floor, we use structurally sound but visibly not pretty pieces. They may have some marks or scratches on them and could be rough-cut, but are absolutely functional in all our sheds. Those pieces would end up in the landfill and newly harvested wood would have to be used.

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.

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