A Commitment to the Environment
An Endangered Earth
Saving the planet is no longer a politically correct cause we may choose
to consider. Environmental awareness is an urgent necessity we all must
The state in which we leave this planet to future generations is our responsibility
— a responsibility which extends beyond clever t-shirts and recycled
garbage. If the children of tomorrow are not to suffer the effects of careless
waste and depleted resources, then environmental awareness must become a
natural part of our everyday lives.
Brookside Veneers has maintained a strong commitment to the environment
for over 30 years. The square tree pictured above exemplifies that commitment.
In our quest for better and more efficient processing
methods, we surmised that we could sustain greater yields from fewer trees…
if only trees were square. Though we obviously couldn’t alter nature’s
blueprint, our manufacturer implemented a unique method to create square
logs – which results in the more efficient use of raw materials. Mother
Nature couldn’t have planned it better herself.
From the harvesting and manufacturing processes we use to the recyclable
paper products we purchase, our goal at Brookside Veneers is to ensure that
the essence of nature can be enjoyed without harm to our environment.
the Highest Production Standards
Working closely with Alpi, our primary manufacturer, we maintain advanced
standards to help preserve wood resources for future generations. Through
stringently supervised forest management programs and consultation with
independent foresters, Alpi’s harvesting methods are monitored to
ensure sustained yield management and minimal environmental impact. We maintain
membership in many international organizations committed to better forest
management and encourage our suppliers do the same.
Alpi is actively engaged in protecting and enhancing the land, water and
air surrounding its facilities in Italy. The company has made substantial
investments in state-of-the-art machinery and ventilation systems to reduce
wood dust and fumes and preserve air quality. Effluent from veneer dyeing
vats are piped to Alpi’s own treatment facility and processed into
clean water. Innovative manufacturing assures maximum product yield and
all wood scraps generated during the process are put to good use.
Suppliers operating their own concessions are subject to our extensive review
of their long term forest management plans. To date, all of our suppliers
follow (and usually exceed) government mandated forest regulations.
The bulk of our lumber and veneers are sourced from Europe and Africa. Purchases
exclude woods harvested in violation of the CITES International Trade Agreement.
We are active participants in the ITTO and support the organization's goals.
Alpi has earned SGS and FSC® Certification for veneer items produced with Italian
Poplar wood from agricultural plantations. This certification includes select patterns offered in our
Environmental Awareness in
Every Aspect of Operations
Our commitment to the environment reaches beyond the standards we set for
suppliers and the manufacturing processes we employ. Environmental awareness
is something we strive to incorporate into every aspect of our lives.
We plant thousands of hardwood seedlings to aid forest regeneration. We
also donate 1/2% of all designer-specified sales to organizations focused
on promoting forest health and renewal.
Our environmental efforts are also evident in the many facets of our day
to day operations. With the simple replacement of old light ballasts,
we have dramatically reduced our energy consumption throughout
our plants and offices. Ceramic mugs have replaced disposable cups, recycled
bathroom tissues and paper towels have replaced virgin paper products, and
recycled/recyclable packing/shipping materials are used whenever possible.
The list goes on and on…
Even our promotional literature is governed by our strong conservation principles.
This very brochure is printed on recycled (and recyclable) paper using vegetable-based
inks and less toxic printing and production processes. Our graphic artists
also keep a watchful eye focused on designing to minimize paper waste and
reduce the long-term environmental impact of every promotional piece.
All of this from a company that offers the most extensive and consistent
array of colors, textures and grains available for use in projects that
demand the quintessential beauty of fine wood veneers. Brookside Veneers
is not only committed to bringing you the essence of nature, but also dedicated
to preserving the Earth's natural resources for generations to come.
For additional information about our environmental policies and procedures
or to learn more about the fine veneers available through Brookside, please
contact us at:
Brookside Veneers Ltd.
104 Melrich Rd.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
Fax: (609) 409-1322