The environment is important to me. Along with seven billion other people I have an individual responsibility to help protect the planet. Businesses are also responsible for protecting and maintaining the environment. Below are some of the ways that I am making sustainability a cornerstone of H3 Design & Construction.
A Lifetime Product
Modern mass produced furniture is practically disposable, easy to depart with when it breaks down or something new enters the market. By comparison my furniture is built with solid woods, quality sheet goods and traditional joinery that can last for generations. If something does break I can repair the damage instead of having to replace the whole piece. By not having to replace furniture we reduce the amount of natural resources consumed and how much waste enters landfills.
I prefer to use North American hardwood and softwood species, instead of exotic imported woods, as it requires less energy to have them shipped to my shop. Less energy consumption along with other sustainable practices also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In addition the use of domestic species benefits local sawmills and sawyers.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials
Recycling has become a cornerstone of modern sustainable practices. Some furniture and small items can be built from recycled or reclaimed materials. Using recycled materials diverts waste from landfills and reduces the consumption of natural resources.
For certain carpentry and interior finish services I prefer to use deconstruction instead of demolition. By carefully taking existing work apart, materials can be reused helping to reduce the volume of waste entering landfills.
Waste Reduction Products
Sometimes a little extra work and creative thinking can make a sustainable impact. Inevitably the building of wood furniture and other wood related services produces waste. I have designed, and will continue to design, small items that use the leftover materials from larger projects.
Sustainable Office Practises
Recycled office supplies (paper, file folders etc.)
If you require more information regarding the sustainable practices of my buisness please contact me and I will respond as soon as I can.
Headboard made from reclaimed barn boards.