The Environment: Protecting the Future
At Mundy Veneer we appreciate that the environmental issues of sustainability and ecological management present a significant and important consideration for us all.
We promote the use of veneer as a responsible use of a valued natural resource. Where there is a direct choice, choosing veneer rather than lumber makes the world trees go further:
1 cubic metre of lumber = 20 square metres of lumber
1 cubic metre of veneer = 900 square metres of veneer
Wood veneer (unlike most other materials) is a regularly renewable resource. As a totally natural product it is also recyclable, biodegradable, energy efficient and non-toxic. The natural growth cycle is a key element in reducing CO2 from within the atmosphere, thereby helping to mitigate the "greenhouse" effect and the subsequent ozone depletion.
Whilst choosing veneer rather than solid wood makes the world's trees go further, the veneer still needs to be sourced in a way that protects the future of the environment.
To reassure our customers that we source our veneer responsibly we do not stock veneer which comes from countries that have no environmental controls. Where we are unable to source a species which is either certified or sustainable we recommend the excellent replicas produced by Tabu as part of their Multilaminar Newood Veneer range. These veneers are made from either Ayous or Poplar, species endorsed by Friends of the Earth as not being endangered.
FSC® and PEFC Certified veneers: protecting the future
Mundy Veneer is accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) (Certificate number C806414FSC-COC-01.2007) and as part of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification scheme (PEFC) licence number PEFC/16-37-1067. Where we supply veneer as FSC and PEFC certified, the Chain of Custody tracking systems of which we are part monitor the veneer from source to end user so that consumers can be assured that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. More information on FSC and PEFC may be found on their websites.
We currently hold a wide range of FSC and PEFC certified veneer in stock and we are working continually to increase the variety of species and grades of certified natural veneer that we can offer. Please call us for more details.
The new Tabu Ecozero collection of veneers are certified for sustainability and non-toxicity. These multilaminar wood veneers are manufactured using FSC 100%® wood and formaldehyde-free glues. This new range from Tabu in Italy is the only one currently that meets the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for sustainable construction.
Sustainable veneer: protecting the future
Whilst we have an ongoing commitment to expanding our range of FSC and PEFC certified veneer currently insufficient certified veneer is produced to enable us to offer all species and grades as certified. However lack of certification does not automatically imply lack of sustainability.
To be fully sustainable veneer has to be responsibly sourced and at Mundy Veneer we do not buy veneer from producers that show no willingness to look at any form of forest control. Many of the veneers we stock are North American species where respected forestry controls are in place even though only a small percentage of the veneer is officially accredited. National forest and government sources in these regions show that by responsible management of forest resources an increase of standing timber stock in forests has occurred: wood veneer (unlike most other materials) is a regularly renewable resource.
In the case of American hardwoods, for example, the forests are themselves living proof of sustainability. The US Federal government has seventy years of national forest inventory data to provide ample evidence that the resource is thriving.
To take just one leading statistic: over the last half century the volume of hardwoods standing in US forests has increased by over 90% while the area of American hardwood forests has increased by 18%. Veneers in this category include Ash, Birch, Beech, Cherry, Tulipwood, Poplar, Oak etc. The International Conservation Union (IUCN) have stated that these species are in no way endangered. Detailed supporting information is available at the USDA Forest Service website
When FSC and PEFC accredited veneers or veneers from managed and sustainable sources are unavailable we recommend that our customers follow the advice of the Friends of the Earth “good wood guide” to determine the best alternative. The guide rates the threat of extinction of the various species using an easy to use classification code. See http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/biodiversity/resource/good_wood_guide/wood_timber_types_a_to_g.html#a