The "sustainable" words and "sustainability" have never seen so much use and abuse, the point of no longer have any validity as a non-aggression guarantee to the environment. practically, everything we do is unsustainable. in TimberBee, We try to be the minimum possible unsustainable, with the firm objective of, one day, we can reverse the trend, and that the balance of the impact we have on the planet, with our activities, be positive.
We are committed to being a responsible company. Responsible in the way we deal with the environment, people, and the community.
We are a deeply local company, part of the local tissue. Not going anywhere, we want to continue here from now 50 years.
Consume locally is one of the most important things we can do for our community. When we buy a large distribution company, we have to be aware that our money, with which we pay what we acquire, cue, immediately, the community.
On the other hand, a community whose economy is based on many small business, is much more resilient community than if they were replaced by a single large enterprise – usually, community outside companies, channeling the proceeds to the seat, which often lies outside Portugal. Unless it is a large surface (these seem to have come to stay), the risk that one of these companies close doors and relocates to a cheaper country of skilled labor is great, and the impact of such relocation in the community economy will be devastating.
Like this, favorecermos to a small local company with our choice, we are contributing to the vitality of our community.
For these reasons, excluding Logosol equipment, arriving in Sweden, We try to get all the materials you need to build hives and other equipment to local small businesses, and we are concerned to know its origin. Our hives are produced in a small workshop local carpentry.
Responsibility in the Use of Resources
Among the various materials used in the construction of hives and other equipment, It is with energy (including fuel) and the timber which can generate larger waste.
Deslocações tempted optimize all as we make, and our prototypes are made in a small workshop powered by solar energy.
For us, a hive should be made of wood, or cork (or, possibly, barro). Everything else are inventions which in no favor bees. And to build hives in wood you take down trees. It is a reality that we can not escape.
Like this, We try to make the best use (more responsibly) wood from trees which have caused destruction.
- First of all, creating durable products, enabling make the most of the investment that customers made them, and that, By last longer, prevent new trees have to be felled to replace.
- In second place, taking the timber to the maximum, avoiding inconsiderate waste. What remains of the construction of the boxes, It makes up the slats to the bottom, for ex., and left over here, make-up furniture frames or slats. Wood that has no application in these parts is used as fuel to boil linseed oil we plunge parts of hives. Sawdust finds application as thermal insulation in blanket boxes, as animal stables of floor covering on Thursday and as mulching and organic fertilizer to the soil. Take the timber to the maximum makes sense, either from an environmental point of view, as economic.
- In third place, whenever possible, cutting us, a much less harmful way to the natural world, using our portable sawmills Logosol, that allow us to extract tables, bars, etc, directly from the forest, without the need for there to introduce heavy machinery, with all the disadvantages that this option entails.
- Fourthly, buying wood locally, avoiding hundreds of kilometers of road transport.
Most likely built less unsustainable hives Portugal!
Quality and Durability
As we said above, one of the ways we try to reduce our negative impact on the planet is making durable products and quality, allowing multiply investment and generate more power than was needed to create. That way, the customer will not have to replace them as soon.
We do not use paint or varnish for wood treatment. All the elements of our hives are dipped in linseed oil to boil. This is a lengthy process, laborious, and sometimes painful, but the resulting product has more quality, and a much smaller footprint.
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