What is sustainable timber?
Sustainable timber is timber that comes from sustainably managed forests. This means that the forests are typically managed by stewards who monitor how much wood is taken and oversee reforestation projects. The overall aim is to limit or slow the current rate of deforestation. While also combating soil erosion and stopping illegal logging, while supporting sustainable development.
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”, Bruntland Report.
Managing forests in this way is extremely important not only for clean air and habitats for animals but for soil health and preventing environmental disasters like flooding. Forests are also a source of food and fuel for many indigenous populations.
Where a forest is not managed, it can leave the door open for a multitude of issues. These can range from local problems like flooding, environmental degradation and food and water shortages to large-scale problems. Large-scale issues can range from socio-economic issues like funding corruption to large-scale environmental issues like desertification. Desertification is one of the biggest environmental challenges worldwide as it results in a decrease of viable agricultural land.
Nowadays, providing your customers with the option of sustainable timber is a must for any major manufacturer in the UK. Although all timber entering the EU must adhere to the EUTR, having customer-facing environmental certifications like the PEFC™ and FSC® are still essential.
The reason for this increase in demand for sustainability timber is a decrease in the size of the world’s forests. This is coupled with an increase in the awareness of the public around where their timber comes from.
Don’t forget to request certified timber when you are placing your order with us. We will be able to supply you with sustainably managed wood from well-managed forests (subject to availability).