Sustainability & Environment

Outdoor wooden products made from responsibly-managed forests 

We source all our timber from responsibly-managed forests and everything we design and make is sustainable.

All certified to Forestry Stewardship Standards (FSC®), you can relish your Zest outdoor wooden products knowing they are natural and organic, made from expertly selected slow grown softwood for beauty and longevity.

We are dedicated to re-planting and nurturing woodland habitat and are collaborating with our manufacturing partners on re-planting schemes across Europe.

In Wales, we are working with wildlife experts managing woodland habitats. We are also working towards 100% recyclable and reusable packaging, reducing the use of plastic and any waste timber fuels our biomass boilers.

We’re FSC® Certified

We always meet Forestry Stewardship Standards 

You can rest easy that all our timber is responsibly sourced.

Replanting our woodland  

We are committed to replanting forests in the UK and Europe.

We're working towards 100% recyclability and reusability 

Reducing the use of single-use plastic is one of our top priorities and we are committed to making all aspects of our packaging environmentally-friendly.

Logs grown sustainably

Expertly selected materials 

We use slow-grown softwood for beauty and longevity.

Helping to manage wooded habitats 

We are working with wildlife experts near our headquarters in Wales to protect and manage habitats for native species.

Always innovating for sustainability 

We recycle non-standard pallets into new ‘treesaver’ pallets, maximising their lifecycle. Any waste timber goes to fuel our biomass boilers.

Committed to 100% recycling and reusability of our packaging by 2024 

Our thoughtfully designed products are handcrafted from slow-grown softwood, all sourced from responsibly-managed Forestry Stewardship Council® (FSC®- C114990) forests. FSC® certified forests are managed to strict environmental, social and economic standards.

FSC® forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability. So you can expect natural, organic timber selected for sustainability, beauty and longevity.

Zest, with its main supply partners in Eastern Europe, is dedicated to re-planting and nurturing woodland habitat and is collaborating on planting schemes and the nurture of wildlife habitats in Europe as well as the UK.

We are equally committed to the 100% recycling of and reusability of all our packaging by 2024, with single-use plastic minimisation being a top priority. We are constantly innovating ways to protect and deliver our products safely and sustainably.

For example, we repair and recycle non-standard pallets in the UK into new ‘treesaver’ pallets, maximising their lifecycle – and all our off-cuts and waste timber goes to fuelling our biomass boilers.

Zest, with its main supply partners in Eastern Europe, is dedicated to re-planting and nurturing woodland habitat and is collaborating on planting schemes and the nurture of wildlife habitats in Europe and the UK.

Piles of tree trunks

Our Environmental Initiatives  

We don’t just limit our policies to our products, we also make sure our business processes are kind to the environment too. 

Rainwater

We reuse rainwater, where possible

Biomass Boilers

Four biomass boilers burn timber waste for heating and hot water

Solar Panels

We’ve installed 30kW solar panel systems

Recycling

Our offices and warehouse recycle wherever they can

Operations & Transport 

To ensure we minimise our impact on the environment we focus on all our business activities to ensure our whole business maximises sustainability.

All our offices and warehouses across our sites are heated by our five biomass boilers using woodchip from waste wood. Every suitable roof has solar panels installed producing even more green power for the business and we reuse rainwater, wherever possible. Our ‘environmental champions’ from every division ensure we are always prioritising sustainability at every level, and aim to maximise our mixed recycling systems in all areas of the company.

Zest is focussing its attention on the continuous improvement of the way it transports its products from importing into the UK to home delivery and the lengths taken to ensure all loads to our retail garden centre stockists are full to capacity whenever possible in order to reduce the number of overall miles of road freight and therefore to minimise emissions.

Using DFMA (design for manufacturing and assembly) principles we ensure the maximum number of products are on a load by designing the optimum package with this in mind. We create the most space-efficient packing configurations to maximise efficient loading of product and reduce the number of deliveries required. We also use ‘smart’ routing plans to minimise miles travelled.

For generations, Zest has respected its use of natural resources and our ongoing goal is to provide high quality sustainable products to retail garden customers and the outdoor living enthusiast in ways which enable everyone to share in our vision of sustainability.

Our ongoing goal is to provide high quality sustainable products to retail garden customers and the outdoor living enthusiast in ways which enable everyone to share in our vision of sustainability.

Picture of a Woodlands

Charity & Community 

We are celebrating over ten years of fundraising success having raised over £100,000 for charities.

Zest design facility in Saltney UK

Innovation 

We’ve built a state-of-the-art product development ‘Innovation Centre’ at our headquarters in Wales.

Careers

Join the team. Zest is an award-winning company based in Mold, North Wales.

Introducing our new Zest branding and logo at the design.shed in Saltney

Our Ethos & Mission 

Zest understands the importance of an outdoor space to call your own.

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