Wallybois.com is the home of ecologically constructed French shutters. We don’t only sustain our workshop power requirements with solar energy but utilise energy economic methods during the construction process. Nothing is wasted as we utilise the waste from our manufacturing for the supply of energy in our workshops. We make a conscious and collective effort to reduce our carbon footprint.
This leads to the other side of the ecological approach as we not only try to generate our own power but also we make steps in using that power efficiently. We have moved our lighting source from Florescent to super low energy LED reducing our consumption by two thirds for lighting. As with many manufacturing workshops we have to use machines. Machines play an major part in the manufacturing process of our shutters but we see no ecological or practical benefit in using a machine that are oversized for the task we set them. We look at the job to be done and use an appropriately powered machine to do that job.
Is wood ecological?
“Yes”, is the simple answer as long as it has been sourced with an ecological mindset. We have to ask ourselves if we are going to purchase new shutters anyway, whether it is just an desire or enforced by your insurance company as it is by most insurance providers although often hidden in the small print. There are alternatives to wood but I challenge their ecological let alone security credentials. UPVC and recycled plastics use energy hungry methods of processing and collection. These oil based products give off toxic fumes if ignited then dripping molten resin onto anyone below!
Our pine shutters are made with timber sourced from suppliers who support the pefc.org an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.
Weather resistance 5/10
Douglas Fir is another good choice and has good natural pest resistance and a high resin content so has better resistance to decay. Douglas Fir is a fast growing tree and often a plantation crop.
Weather resistance 7/10
Oak is another timber associated with outdoor construction due to it’s long life and natural beauty. It’s superior long life in itself is better for the environment even though the felling of Oak trees is controversial but we do out best to source from local suppliers thus minimising the transport impact on our environment.
Weather resistance 9/10
Chestnut is also used for the construction of shutters and looks similar to Oak though not as dense but does benefit from reasonable life span. The harvesting of Chestnut is sustainable through coppicing so is a good choice for long life and small environmental impact.
Weather resistance 8/10
As many of the finishes available contain elements we cannot endorse but do improve the protection of our products, so we have chosen at this time not to supply any product with a painted finish in an effort to protect our environment. Our products are ready for finishing.
Please check out the efforts of https://www.pefc.org/ here and abroad