Wood is one of the most widely used materials in building and has been for thousands of years. Timber has long been hailed as a renewable and recyclable natural resource that is versatile and strong – perfect for building. There are, however, building and furniture companies that don’t support the sustainability of timber which can have a widespread detrimental effect on the industry and environment in the long term. Here is why it is important to choose a provider with an environmental commitment.
Deforestation is a real threat to the world. It doesn’t only affect the climate by increasing the atmospheric level of carbon dioxide but also affects the environment by inhibiting water recycling, triggering flooding and damaging plant and animal species. That’s why looking for companies who use ethically maintained forests is so important. Looking for a provider that gives back to the environment is the only way for sustainable and responsible forest management. What are the benefits of sustainable practices?
- Help reduce climate change
- Help restore degraded forests
- Offset carbon emissions
- Aiding in the prevention of flora and fauna extinction
- Creating employment
- Socially beneficial
Knowing where the products come from and that they are farmed from responsible foresting practices can give you the peace of mind that they are both eco-friendly and also that they are of high quality compared to the competition. Here are some of the certified accreditations to look out for:
Forest Stewardship Council® Certification: FSC is an international organisation established to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. An FSC logo on timber or wood products represents that the product comes from environmentally appropriate and socially beneficial forestry.
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification: PEFC is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation that promotes sustainable forest management through independent third party certification. It is considered the certification system of choice for small forest owners.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification – LEED is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. It includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighbourhoods that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.
Choose your products carefully next time you are looking to build, decorate or purchase furniture for your home or business and always use an environmentally committed provider.