Environmental Information Sheet/2 2007 Updated Issue
We continue to negotiate with responsible suppliers who have indicated that they are capable of supplying Softwood which comes from certified well managed forests.
The main contenders for this verification are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC), and through mutual recognition these organisations are able to demonstrate high forest management standards within a framework compatible with ISO14001 and EMAS.
As from January 2007 100% of our supplies are now certified to a recognised standard.
Due to the inability of our shippers in Brazil to satisfy our demands for verifiable and traceable evidence of the legality of log sources we had no alternative but to suspend purchases of Mahogany from Brazil and concentrate our business in the sale of certified hardwood and timber products.
We continue to source Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified hardwoods worldwide. These include exotic species of tropical hardwoods and enable todays joinery manufacturers to have a wider choice of timbers which meet the environmental standards they seek. Further details available on request.
We can offer FSC hardwoods from Belize (mahogany) Bolivia (Ipe, Curapay, Soto, Cuchi) South Africa (Karri) Malaysia (Meranti) Brazil (Massaranduba) and in due course expect many more species from a growing number of countries.
African species such as Sapele, Sipo and Iroko are currently available with SGS certification verifying the supplies as coming from legal sources. These supplies will eventually be certifed by FSC, expected 2010.
From North America we have an extensive range of certified hardwoods which include all of the popular species including Ash, White Oak, Red Oak, Cherry, Soft Maple, Tulipwood, Hard Maple and Yellow Birch.
Meranti from Malaysia with MTCC certification is now available.
Many new products are rapidly entering the market now that sheet material producers have recognised the need to manufacture products which meet the FSC criteria.
We can offer Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) from all major UK manufacturers together with OSB, Hardboard, and Chipboard.
Plywood from tropical hardwood species in Brazil is now available from Gethal Amazonas, Eidai, and Cikel.
Decorative Veneered MDF and Chipboard is available with PEFC certification.
Traditional building products such as Softwood Shuttering Plywood are available from both North America and South Africa.
This wide and expanding selection will enable todays architects, specifiers, builders, specialist joiners, shopfitters and furniture manufacturers to choose timber from certified well managed forests with confidence.
Soil Association Woodmark, Bristol House, 40-56 Victoria Street,Bristol, BS1 6BY. Tel: 0117 914 2435
FSC U.K. Working Group,Unit D Station Building,Llanidlers, Powys.Wales SY18 6EB. Tel: 01686 413916
WWF 1995 + Group,Panda House,Weyside Park,Godalming, Surrey,GU7 1XR.Tel: 01483 428444
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