Environmental Responsibilities


Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Used Littlemax shavings are perfect for composting because the flakes are smaller and finer. This means that with a little management they decompose to produce compost much quicker. They can then be returned to the soil.

All timber used to produce Littlemax is sourced from renewable British forestry. Additionally, we are continually striving to minimise our impact of the environment, and to recycle as much of our waste as possible.

Made from Pine

Littlemax Shavings are made from pine timber sourced entirely from sustainable UK forestry…


Bark Chippings

All bark that falls from the logs during processing is sent to garden centres…


Purpose Built

We cut our shavings to an optimum size in our 3 purpose- built UK production plants…


Extracting Dust

We then screen and vacuum extract all the dust from our shaving. We extract over 3,000 tonnes of dust and particles from our shavings every year.


Made into Hotmax

Already very dry, this dust is compacted into high density, 100% natural wood Hotmax Heat Logs, making Hotmax one of the cleanest, most efficient and eco-friendly fuels available in the UK…


Low Dust

Thousands of customers now use our low dust, 100% natural shavings for their horses…


Return to the Soil

And the best way to dispose of their used shavings is to compost and return them to the soil…


Recycling Packaging

All the plastic used in our bags is EU PE04 Low Density Polyethene 100% recyclable plastic, and the ink used on each bag is recyclable ink. 30% of each bag made from recycled plastic.



We are increasingly asked by customers for advice on the most effective way to dispose of used shavings.

So we have commissioned scientists at Napier University to come up with the definitive answer. Now the experiments are finished – and the answer is to turn your shavings into compost and return them to the soil.

Littlemax shavings, in the right natural conditions and with just a bit of sensible management, will obligingly turn themselves into re-usable, bio-degradable compost.


Don’t Throw it Away, Recycle for Another Day. As a company, we are continually striving to minimise our usage of plastics.

However, to ensure that a customer’s Littlemax Shavings stay in optimum condition, it is imperative that they are completely sealed in durable, 100% waterproof bags. The plastic also needs to have the capabilities of being branded.

We still take our recycling responsibilities very seriously though, and our use of plastic is no exception.