In modern times, environmental concerns have hit an all time high, and international effort is being put into changing the direction of climate change, through international legislations like the Paris Climate Agreement and environmental policy summits like the recent Conference of the Parties (COP) 26. In this time, figuring out what to buy can be a minefield! Choosing to source woods, metals, and plastics from sustainable or environmentally friendly sources can seem a herculean task.
But don’t fret, we’re here to help! This short guide will delve into the world of sustainable timber to explain how to go about ensuring your wooden products are eco-friendly, and which trees produce the most sustainable timber for your gorgeous new wooden mirror. Take a look below:
Timber From The European Union
The European Union (EU) has passed laws and regulations to ensure sustainable use of wood from European forests and woodlands. Today each year more trees are planted in the EU than are cut down, resulting in net growth of woodland areas. Laws in place limit annual harvesting to strict quotas and minimum replanting requirements ensure that felled trees are replaced. Sourcing your timber from within the EU is a safe bet, you can ensure it has been sourced responsibly.
Outside The EU
Outside the EU fewer guarantees exist, with plenty of unethical logging operations attempting to fill demand for more exotic or rare timbers. Wood sourced from Asia, Africa, or the Americas are therefore, a riskier purchase if you want to ensure your product is environmentally friendly. If you’re sourcing from outside the EU, keep an eye out for these logos:
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to managing sustainable logging and environmentally friendly practices. The FSC promote responsible management of woodland and timber and only provide their certification to individuals or companies who are dedicated to sourcing sustainable timber. Look out for the FSC certification to ensure your timber is eco-friendly!
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC)
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification is a similar non-profit organisation which also dedicates its energy promoting sustainable forest management. It’s PEFC logo likewise denotes a company or product that has been sources responsibly!