Is Your Furniture made From Illegally - Logged Wood
The importance of wood labels
Wood labels help protect the world’s forests by giving you the option to choose wood (or 'timber') that has been produced legally and sustainably.
Concerns of illegal, unsustainable wood
Did you know some of the wood available in the UK has been produced illegally that is sourced from unsustainable forests. If unsustainable wood is logged in any way, it means that forests, cannot support such a wide variety of plants and animals, replace trees to those that are lost, beside the fact that is unhealthy and cannot produce what we need from them such as food, shelter or gasoline.
Illegal logging in fact, breaks national laws, which includes cutting down wood in protected areasand exporting endangered tree species.
There are a number of different certification schemes. The standard ones are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC).
If you are at all concerned where the wood to make your furniture has come from, I have found this is a fab site, where for £3.00 you can download a PDF of the UK's most sustainable furniture and garden shops. You can read all the stories from their database that they used to rate the brands, details of company ownership and full contact details. As Summer approaches and many of us are heading for our favourite DIY or Garden centers, take a quick peek at this before you go. It is well worth a read.