FSC® Certified pictureframesEvery pictureframe we make starts life as a tree …. … and we take that as seriously as the art within
Would it make a difference to you whether your Picture Frames (including mounts, any printing paper, backing back boards etc – anything timber based.) are made from FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council®) certified wood
Well, I can’t say for sure what you would be getting otherwise, only what you’re definitely not getting with the certification:
- Slave labour used in production
- Destruction of habitat for endangered species
- Destruction of indigenous peoples’ traditional way of life
- Pollution of Forest regions
- Over-harvesting of Forestry adding to climate change
Many years go, Hope Elletson, Founder of Pictureframes, read “Natural Capitalism” a title considered the 1999 environmental bible: published by the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Hope knew that he was in an industry which cut down a lot of trees but he could not be sure of any significant measures to ensure that harvesting would be done in the right way.
So, five years ago, Pictureframes started to change direction, intent on establishing a more responsible and moral manufacturing process, and has now achieved the first major success. The business has now earned a Certification from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC). The only bespoke picture framing & printing company in the world to hold such an award.
We know that responsibly sourced timber is a very “environmentally friendly” construction material, unfortunately, it’s not always responsibly sourced. The Amazon Forest alone is still vanishing at a rate of 20,000 square miles a year.
The World Wildlife Fund says: “By choosing FSC certified forest products, you can be sure where they’ve come from. They won’t have been harvested in a way that causes irreversible damage to forests, people and wildlife“.
‘When planning my recent solo exhibition in aid of elephants, of course we wanted everything to be as environmentally friendly as possible. After some research online, we found the perfect match for our goal with the frames… pictureframes.co.uk Amazingly, they are the only fully FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) certified framer in the whole of Europe, meaning everything they use, from frames to backing board, comes from sustainably managed forests. On top of all this, the frames were beautifully crafted, with seamless corners and in the exact colour white we wanted. It was a huge exhibition, but the 174 framed pictures were all delivered without fuss on the dates requested. We will definitely be using this friendly company again for my next exhibition!’
- The FSC certification helped us get the job to frame Gary Hodges’ exhibition.
- The Blackmore Vale selected us as finalists for the Media Green Award.
“This industry is 'way behind the curve' on timber certification.”
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