Recently, Arcadia Studio of Santa Barbara was asked by Patagonia to present a design for a new employee picnic area. While working on the design, Meg West of Arcadia realized that Tournesol Siteworks’ site furnishings featuring Boulevard thermally-treated wood might offer exactly what the client was looking for.
Arcadia incorporated our Northlakes Collection benches and picnic sets into the plan. Patagonia was enthusiastic about the product. Northlakes is incredibly durable, made of powder-coated cast aluminum bench ends and our Boulevard thermally-modified North American hardwood slats. The Boulevard wood is a FSC-certified domestic replacement for environmentally-challenged but high-performing South American hardwoods. We take commonly available oak, poplar or ash, and without using chemicals, create a wood that is rot- and insect-resistant. It was just right the fit for this environmentally and socially responsible company.
Patagonia’s credo is:
We want to be in business for a good long time, and a healthy planet is necessary for a healthy business. We want to act responsibly, live within our means and leave behind not only a habitable planet, but an Earth whose beauty and biodiversity is protected for those who come after us. We think that business can inspire solutions to the environmental crisis.
At Tournesol Siteworks we agree. We might not be as large and progressive as Patagonia, but when we developed our line of wood site furnishings, it was important to us that we look to the environmental sustainability of each component. Not only must the products we manufacture hold up to commercial applications, we want to know we are treading lightly as we do it. We are always on the lookout for other products and ways that we can improve our business model to be leader in the environmental movement.
Here’s to a great lunch that serves up a green planet!