Made in the USA
Our products are made entirely here in the USA* in a way that's healthy for you, our employees, and the planet.
*See more on our Reclaimed Teak below.
Solar Powers Us
We're keeping our carbon footprint as small as possible with a 50kW Solar array (188 Solarworld, made in PNW, 265 watt PV panels).
Our Scraps Keep Us Warm
We're the proud owners of not one, but two Garn boilers. These huge wood-fired heaters enable us to burn our scrap wood and heat our shop, office,and kilns. Best of all, they burn at a very high temperature, so that particulate emissions are negligible.
Our Teak is reclaimed from retired structures — office buildings, homes, boats, factories — in Indonesia where it is also crafted in an approved facility. 1% of all of our Reclaimed Teak sales are donated to conservation causes in Indonesia and Malaysia. Currently we're supporting the Borneo Project in their fight to end the loss of habitat for the indigenous peoples of Indonesia.
Being Part of the Community
We're committed to being active members of our community, be that the immediate towns in which we do business, or society at large. In the last few years, we've donated money, time, materials and skill to many worthwhile organizations and causes. These include: Victor-Farmington Rotary, Office of Sustainability FLCC, Nicaragua Solar Oven Project, EquiCenter, Wild Water Derby, Sewpportive, The Borneo Project, a variety of local organizations and clubs near/dear to our co-workers, national organizations including the USGBC, NESEA, Timber Framers Guild, Green America, and more.
On Labor Day in 2017 we initiated a $15/hr sustainable wage program well ahead of the NY and OR mandates. We follow the Triple Bottom Line ethos of People, Planet, and Profit and we're investing in our people. We believe by supporting our coworkers with tools, including a living wage and benefits, to invest in their families and neighborhoods, we can enact change from the bottom up.
Green America Approved
Green America is a non-profit defining environmentally and socially responsible companies with dedication to a number of green and socially responsible practices. We're proud to be a certified company, dedicated and proven in our environmental responsibility.
All of our products are Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) point eligible. Many points are dependent on your project and should be determined by your local LEED AP. Potential points include: recycled content, resource reuse, low-emitting materials (paints & coatings as well as composite wood) and regional materials (where applicable).
Saved from Landfills
On average we process 1,062,000 board feet of reclaimed wood yearly – by reclaiming and reusing, you help us save this wood from landfills.
The sawdust we create is sold to a pellet company, and any remaining shavings are donated as animal bedding.
Solar Ovens & Fresh Water
In order to combat the effects of deforestation in developing countries, where the majority of cooking fires are fueled by wood, we founded the Nicaraguan Solar Oven Project. We partnered with the Victor-Farmington Rotary to give this project the momentum it deserves. Over 200 of these low-tech devices have been provided to families allowing them to cook their food using the power of the sun, reducing the need to gather firewood. Additionally we worked with the Rotary to bring a fresh water system to the town of Salales, Nicaragua affecting over 180 familes and a school.
We appreciate and admire the agricultural barns that are an iconic part of our landscape and history. We've worked hard to find sustainable and alternative sources for our American Prairie (Barn Wood) lines. We're doing our part to help out as members of:
•Restore Oregon - Heritage Barns
•New York State Barn Coalition
•National Barn Alliance
Green Programs for Employees
In addition to green investment options for the employee 401K, we have designated areas to encourage our employees to recycle — even to bring items from home. Everything from lights, to batteries to electronics are recycled for free. And for any employee that switches to a 30% more efficient vehicle, they'll receive a $500 gas card to make their wallets more efficient, too.
We are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain of custody certified in three categories. The categories include: 100%, Mix, and Recycled. Certified companies go through a rigorous and yearly review. The FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
We continue to strive towards zero carbon footprint. Currently we're doing some calculations, but check back, we're sure to have our total soon.
Camp Good Days and Special Times Auction
A NEWwoodworks special - this wine rack was made by our furniture gurus out of reclaimed French Oak wine barrels. It shows a beautiful patina from years of holding wine, and even has an original barrel plug on the right side.
It, along with several of its previous brethren went up for auction at the Camp Good Days and Special Times annual wine auction dinner, bringing a sizable donation to this worthy charity.
Victor Farmington Rotary
New Energy Works donated a custom made bench for the Rotary sponsored Dance for Life silent action. It sold for about $400. Proceeds from the Dance for Life totaled around $9000 which were all donated to the Sands Cancer Center in Canandaigua to be used for breast cancer research.
Nicaragua Solar Oven Project
With our sister company (and project originator) New Energy Works, we're combating deforestation and respiratory ailments in Nicaragua by distributing solar ovens to families using firewood as a primary cooking fuel. Working along side the local Rotary, we're raising awareness and funding to launch this project. Recently, we brought on board a Nicaraguan Project Coordinator, Yacareli Mairena (recent graduate of the University of Managua). She is bi-lingual and already working in the El Sauce region for its greater good. Learn more.