Wood plays a major role in combating climate change. Greater use of wood products will stimulate the expansion of Europe’s forests and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by substituting for fossil fuel intensive products

European Commission’s DG Enterprise report, 2003

At Construct Scenery we strive to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities and we give preference to suppliers, customers and staff who demonstrate environmental awareness.

Timber is our most environmentally sound construction material. We source all our timbers from well managed and responsible suppliers who are committed to active replanting programs in the forests they harvest.

The European timber industry, which supplies the overwhelming majority of our timber, has overseen a steady expansion of Europe’s forests over the past 60 years. Between 1990 and 2000 the European forest area has grown by 30% and this growth continues, as only 65% of the annual growth is harvested.

Our preferred paint suppliers are John Myland of London.

They have been manufacturing paints and polishes since 1884 .Based in Lambeth they are the last remaining manufacturers of decorative coatings in the London area. Myland’s use original manufacturing techniques and use only the highest quality resins and pigments. All the water-based products are totally environmentally friendly. They are one of the last manufacturers to still use natural earth pigments in their paints and are very proud that their emulsion paint has better opacity than all other commercially available emulsion paints in the market place. This has a cost saving as we need less paint to cover the same area and so also to the environment.

We also have a close relationship with local artists who take our unwanted paints for use in local school and community art projects. We re-use materials where possible and re-cycle metal, timber and plastics. All other waste is disposed of at local authority registered sites, where further recycling is possible.

The lifespan of materials is always taken into account, the ideal material would be reused material in all instances, and the worry is more around the single use aspect of materials. Plastic, despite its negative connotations, is a wonderful material and we want to keep it going around, being reused.

It’s not about whether a material is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but rather the networks of use and how we can organise as a society to make sure we use every material until their expiry date.