Staff at Westbury are passionate that the use of tropical hardwood is no longer necessary and have set themselves a goal to be completely tropical hardwood free by the end of 2016 – a tough objective for a big player in the timber window industry.
According to Director, John Mumford,
“Timber industry technologies have advanced to a point where there is very little need to use unsustainable wood sourced from places like Africa and South America. However the association people make between hardwood and durability, and softwood and poor quality still exists. We are committed not only to eradicating tropical hardwoods from our manufacturing processes but replacing it with sustainable timber that is as good or even better performing in terms of durability and longevity. This is something we have been working on for a long time. We are at a stage now where only a very small percentage of our business incorporates the use of hardwood and we are making every effort to be completely tropical hardwood-free by the end of the year.”
Westbury are a conscious company, introducing various efficiencies over their many years in business to eliminate wastage and reduce their carbon footprint. Their material of choice is Accoya® – an engineered wood that is created from only FSC® or PEFC™ certified tree species. Despite being a softwood, it’s a Class one timber meaning it is just about as durable as wood can be. It lasts 50 years above ground and 25 years in soil, is indigestible to insects and virtually rot-proof. Swelling and shrinkage is also dramatically reduced which means it’s easier for Westbury to machine and process, and for end users to maintain.
Founder and Director Jonathan Hey says,
“We are immensely proud of our progress so far and are excited to soon be tropical hardwood-free. We encourage all of our customers and specifiers to consider these credentials when they’re considering new windows, doors, or an entire garden room”.