Sustainability is one of our core values at Flow, so we work closely with our suppliers to ensure we only use sustainably sourced timber for our Flow Hives.
FSC is our preferred wood certification, and we’re working to make 100% of our hives from FSC certified sources. When FSC isn’t available we have a wood sourcing policy to ensure forests are being looked after. If you can help us source FSC certified timber please get in touch.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) aims to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. FSC is the scheme preferred by organisations like WWF and Greenpeace. Read more about FSC.
The Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) works throughout the forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that forest-based products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Read more about PEFC.
Our premium Flow Hives are manufactured using Western Red Cedar (Thuja Plicata). Cedar is a beautiful timber with a remarkably fine and stable grain structure. It is sustainably sourced in North America.
Western Red Cedar is often used as a hive timber in the USA, UK and other regions, because of its durability. It's not uncommon to find feral honey bee colonies living inside hollow Western Red Cedar trees.
Our mid-range Flow Hives are manufactured using Paulownia (Elongata). It’s a super lightweight and durable timber that is often compared to the lightweight but strong properties of Cedar. Our Paulownia timber is FSC certified. It has an extraordinarily fast growth rate, at around five years from seed to mature tree, making it an icon for sustainability.
Paulownia is very light, fine-grained, and warp-resistant. It has natural insulative qualities – great news for cold climates and overwintering.
Our most economical hives are made from Araucaria (Araucaria Cunninghamii) or Hoop Pine – a premium Australian native cabinet timber highly regarded for its stability and durability. Our Araucaria is sustainably harvested from timber plantations.
Araucaria is a first-class softwood with very few growth rings, knots or prominent grain, and is not to be confused with lower quality Radiata Pine, which is far softer, has knots and rots easily.