Ethically-Sourced Timber

July 12th, 2018

Timber is the most commonly used building material that required the least amount of energy to produce. Requiring very little industrial expense in its cultivation, plantations will often do more to combat pollution and climate change than they will to add to it.

Renewable, recyclable and durable, forestry, and by proxy timber production, does a great deal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and thus reduce our carbon footprint. One such way it does this is through the Carbon Sink Effect, whereby carbon compounds will be extracted from the atmosphere and stored in the ‘reservoir’ of the forest, a system endorsed by the Kyoto Protocol.

Forests provide a real wealth of benefits, from the timber that they produce, and their contribution to flood control sustenance (in regards to food and livelihoods) to their uses as recreational areas.

As such it’s important to note where your timber comes from, as illegal logging goes a long way to negating the effects good woodland can have.

Many large high street stores that sell timber products have been caught out by investigations and by various organisations such as Greenpeace, with scandals breaking about the sourcing of their timber. A lot of these companies, it turns out, has been sourcing their wood from overseas in places like Vietnam and South America, where the policies regarding the procurement of timber are relatively slow on the uptake.

At Hugo Carter, we ensure that all of our timber has been accredited with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programmed for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) chain of custody certification and that its production has kept well within the guidelines laid out for ethically sourced wood in the UK. This process makes it easy for us and for you to trace back the source of the timber, ensuring that it has come from a reputable and ethically sound source.

In the UK we have the Government Timber Procurement Policy, which sets down the policies regarding ethical timber, meaning that timber must be sourced from The Forest Law Enforcement Governance licensed companies.

Ethically sourced timber doesn’t only make us feel great about the timber frames we create, as we look to a more sustainable industry, it goes much, much further than that. Purchasing timber from British ethical suppliers drives the local economy and clears the path for new, innovative products. It creates jobs, but not only that; it creates green jobs, further enabling our transition to a green economy as well as global stability.

Promoting sustainable timber also creates an increased public awareness of the importance of ethically sourced materials, which in turn puts further pressure on companies to stick to the guidelines. So if you’re in favour of a green, sustainable future share this article and let others know that together we can make tomorrow a brighter prospect!

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