THE RIGHT MATERIALS, FROM THE CLOSEST SOURCE
From the day to day running of my workshop in rural Aberdeenshire to the materials I source for each project, a responsible and low-impact approach to the environment is a key priority.
I keep my carbon footprint low, reusing and repurposing all waste and seeking out the closest possible source for the timber required for every distinct project.
At every step of the process, I aim for zero waste — and at my workshop it's virtually non-existent.
Bulk waste is always re-used. Wood chip waste, for example, is used by a salmon smokehouse on Shetland. Any leftover wood chips can be recycled or taken to Harpers in nearby Insch for wood pellets.
Offcut timber is utilised as firewood at home.
The workshop is very low on energy use, and I operate with the maximum efficiency possible. I find the best raw materials from the closest possible source — minimising travel and logistical requirements at all times.
Measured with a Carbon Footprint Calculator, the business is estimated at 1.5 tonnes Carbon Negative.
SOURCING & REPLANTING
I aim to source the best timber as sustainably as possible, and the majority of felled timber I use is from windblow.
Living and working in an area of Scotland with vast forests, in a workshop surrounded by woodland, I understand the importance of replanting and replacing trees.
I use various hardwoods in the workshop, and for each tree used I replace it with a newly planted one.
A TASTY WAY TO REDUCE WASTE
Wood chips from my workshop are re-used as fuel by a salmon smokehouse on Shetland.
Two very different Scottish businesses working together to cut down on waste — with delicious results.
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