We're commited to making positive environmental change

At Forté, we care deeply about the environment and all it provides. In a world where climate change and deforestation are real threats, we realise the importance of making positive environmental progress. We’re commited to reducing our impact on the environment with our products and processes.

Our Commitment

Most of our timber collections have an engineered construction, which uses approximately one-third of slow-growing hardwood resources compared to solid timber. By supplying FSC® or PEFC® certified, sustainably sourced engineered timber products, we’re helping to minimise the amount of slow-growing hardwood needed to be harvested to make these products.

We use FSC® certified and recyclable boxes to send our samples, print our catalogues on FSC® certified papers and actively reduce our in-house paper and plastic usage.

Our Accreditations

Toitū Envirocare is a New Zealand Government-owned Crown Research Institute dedicated to ensuring New Zealand companies have the tools, actions and evidence needed to make measurable environmental progress and be recognised for it. In alignment with our CarbonReduce certification, we are commited to continuing to measure our carbon footprint and implement strategies to manage and reduce the impact of our emissions.

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council ®) is an international organisation established to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. An FSC logo on timber or wood products represents that the product comes from environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial forestry.

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC®) is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. It is considered the certification system of choice for small forest owners. Selected products are available as PEFC certified.

Environmental Benefits of Wood Flooring

Engineered timber can have several environmental benefits if it is produced using sustainable methods and is used in an environmentally conscious way.

One of the biggest environmental benefits of using engineered wood flooring in your home is that engineered timber only uses approximately one third of the amount of solid hardwood resource, compared to solid timber of the same dimensions, as only the wear layer/veneer is made of solid hardwood timber.

Other factors that make engineered wood environmentally friendly include their low VOC emissions, long lifespan and the fact that the wood can be recycled or repurposed once it has reached the end of its lifespan.


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