Many customers ask about the sustainability of the timber I use and care that it is ethically sourced. But what does this really mean?
Timber is a primary construction material and over 100 years ago there was little awareness of the impact that the use of timber could have on forest ecosystems and the environment.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC) and Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) were formed in the 1900s and were aimed at addressing the escalating rate of indiscriminate forestry practices. These are both worldwide recognised schemes which help to maintain and regulate sustainable forestry management.
So what is the difference between PEFC and FSC?
The FSC focuses on individual landowners and the PEFC provides group certification for regional areas. Both schemes promote the active use of management, planning and sustainable logging to achieve this.
Certification of these schemes is not taken lightly and there is a rigorous assessment process which involves public consultation, independent evaluations and assessment by expert panels. Many factors have to be met before the timber from these forests can bare the PEFC or FSC symbol and the certification must be reviewed every 5 years which maintains standards and keeps the natural environment protected.
In the forest sustainable management means that for every tree felled, several saplings are planted which makes timber a naturally renewable resource. Every tree planted is helping to capture carbon from the air and creates a natural habitat for the local ecosystem as forests have expanded over recent decades.