Timber and Sustainability
Fitzroy Stretches is committed to environmental sustainability and only uses timber supplied by renewable resources.
Vic Ash or Victorian Ash is not a species. It is the trade name for a mixture of two similar species: Mountain Ash and Alpine Ash from Victoria. Sourced from renewable plantation grown eucalypts, Victorian Ash is a beautiful and naturally renewable resource. Its use for timber products is energy efficient and greenhouse positive. It ranges in colour from a highly attractive pale blonde through to nutty brown tones with natural features, such as gum vein.
Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar is one of nature’s truly remarkable materials. Not only does it have distinctive beauty, natural durability and centuries of proven performance, Western Red Cedar is the ultimate green product. It produces fewer greenhouse gases, generates less water and air pollution, requires less energy to produce than alternatives and comes from a renewable and sustainable resource. Equally important, Western Red Cedar is carbon neutral.
Grown in North America, Western Red Cedars’ slow growth, dense fibre and natural oily extractives are responsible for its decay resistance and its rich colouring, which ranges from a light milky straw colour in the sapwood to a vanilla-chocolate in the heartwood. It is a stable wood that seasons easily and quickly, with a very low shrinkage factor.
Araucaria Cunninghamii is a species of Araucaria known as Hoop Pine. Other less commonly used names include Dorrigo Pine, Colonial Pine, Arakaria and Queensland Pine. Hoop refers to the tendency of the bark to remain as hoops on the forest floor after the timber has decayed. Hoop Pine is a rainforest timber, native to northern NSW, Queensland and the mountain regions of PNG. It is the only native tropical timber grown in substantial quantities in plantations within Australia. It is the major rainforest species used in plantations in Queensland. From an ethical, sustainable point of view, Hoop Pine is streets ahead of most of its plantation-grown exotic softwood counterparts.
For more information go to www.rainforestinfo.org.au
Birch Plywood is manufactured to European standard EN635-2 with a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, which means it meets all ten principals from the FSC, including reduction of environmental impact and appropriate monitoring and assessment activities to maintain the condition of forests.