Made with sustainability in mind
Medal Studio supplied our medals last year and will be supplying our 2022 medals too! They told us a little more about how they manufacture their medals in an eco-friendly and sustainable way:
“We have supplied wooden medals for many years but have been striving to make them as friendly to the environment as possible. Our focus has been on how sustainable the timber resource is along with having as few miles travelled as possible for its processing.
“We now partner with a timber grower in Finland. The medals are made from birch which is very fast growing and stores a significant amount of carbon during its life cycle. The birch is grown and processed within the same area, which means no unnecessary transportation for processing. The growers plant more trees each year than they harvest, this not only makes the product sustainable but actually means the forests are growing rather that diminishing in size due to over harvesting. The birch is both FSC and PEFC certified too.
“Once the raw material is delivered to us, all other processing, cutting, printing, packing is done on one site here in Driffield, East Yorkshire. The medals are even then packaged in paper envelopes that can be recycled.
“While it is true, that wooden medals are undoubtably better for the environment than a cast metal medal from China. Not all wooden medals are the same. Many are made from timbers from the far east that are not from sustainable timber resources and have significant transport mileage added to them.”