Our wooden products are made of material from responsibly-managed forests and controlled sources
At Zest, we are proud to be a company certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®-C114990) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest (PEFC/16-37-1490) with a genuine commitment to the environment and ethical sourcing.
Our timber is certified to either FSC® or PEFC standards and our commitment to sustainability is a fundamental part of our brand ethos.
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 use timber from FSC® and PEFC certified forests
We always meet FSC® and PEFC standards
Our products are made of material from well-managed, FSC®-certified and PEFC certified forests and controlled sources.
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.
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 made of material from well-managed, FSC®-certified and PEFC certified forests and controlled sources. FSC® certified and PEFC certified forests are managed to strict environmental, social and economic standards.
FSC® and PEFC 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.
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.
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.
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