Sustainable timber

One of our primary mission statements here at PB Hardwoods is that we develop our business in a sustainable way. This is to minimize our effect on the environment. As timber merchants, we are aware of the damage that deforestation can cause. Deforestation can have a massive impact not only on biodiversity and the environment but the local communities that have their natural resources destroyed. Deforestation occurs due to irresponsible merchants, illegal logging, corruption, and bad land management. 

Because we are committed to supplying our customers with hardwood that has been sourced sustainably, we offer and promote certified timber to our customers. We always make sure that all of our timber can be supplied with the highest certifications of environmental quality. All of our tradings will also be within the EUTR which aims to stop illegal timber entering the EU.

EUTR stands for the European Union Timber Regulation which aims to stop the placing of illegally harvested timber on the EU market. It is a list of rules that timber merchants and anyone buying or selling timber in the EU must meet. These rules are set out to minimize the risk of illegal timber being traded in the EU. They surround the need for companies trading in timber to keep records of their suppliers so that they can be traced. The EUTR also makes companies implement a due diligence system to check up on their suppliers. 

These companies can be businesses that sell any number of wood products, from solid wood, flooring, plywood, pulp, and paper.

Here at PB Hardwoods, we sell only timber that is supplied under the EUTR rules. If you would like to know more about our certified timber or EUTR please give us a call. 

The FSC®

The FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®)  is a global Forest Certification system. This promotes sustainable forest management and responsible procurement. This is done through the use of a certification system that allows businesses who are verified to use their logo. This logo informs customers that the product they are buying reaches the standards of the FSC®. This means they and doesn’t reward damaging, or destructive practices. The FSC® symbol on our products ensures that all aspects of our supply chain and processing procedures have been independently audited by the FSC®.

The PEFC™

The PEFC™ certification and logo is a globally trusted trademark of sustainably managed timber. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization. They are dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management across the world. It is highly regarded in the timber trade and is also the worlds largest forest certification system. Currently, there are over 42  countries with national certification systems.

They work throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest. This ensures that forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. The PEFC™ logo informs customers and consumers about what they are buying. The logo enables people to identify products from sustainably managed forests.

As an umbrella organization, the PEFC™ work by endorsing national forest certification systems. This is developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities.

Each certification system undergoes rigorous third-party assessment against the PEFC ™ unique Sustainability Benchmarks. This then ensures consistency with international requirements.

Our certifications allow PB Hardwoods customers to make responsible purchasing decisions. This also allows us to demonstrate our compliance with the European Union Timber Regulation. The EUTR has been enforced in the UK since 2013 and prohibits placing illegally harvested timber in the EU market.

We are registered suppliers of both of the above so please remember to request what you would like when you order. This will support the procurement of sustainable timber!

Read our blog posts and news stories on sustainability!

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