A by-product of good design
We create products that will be cherished, enjoyed and loved and feel strongly that in our disposable culture longevity is the basis for sustainability. In an ideal world, sustainability is a by-product of good design. Running a business in a sustainable way should naturally be sound business practice.
Having a comprehensive knowledge of the production process; from the selection of a tree, to the final finishes, provides Tom with the skills to minimise environmental impact and make his work economically viable.
So what actually makes Tom Raffield designs sustainable?
- We use local timber where possible from renewable resources, reducing transportation.
- All our timber comes from sustainably managed woodlands where more trees are planted than cut down.
- The wood we use is either unseasoned, green or air dried timber (avoiding the energy-intensive kiln drying process).
- Steam bending is the main form of production. It is a low energy method of manufacturing, with little wastage. There is no use of toxic or harmful chemicals; just water.
- Wood waste is used onsite in our compost toilet.
- Local suppliers and manufacturers are used where possible. Not only is this often cost effective, but it also helps to support local business and economy.
- Each piece is hand crafted and will last over a lifetime.