Green Friday - Celebrate Responsible Forestry

Posted by Cath Flitcroft on 25/09/2009

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is today promoting the need to buy timber and timber-based products from responsibly managed forests. They are asking everyone to consider the importance of the world’s forests and to look out for the FSC logo on their wood and paper purchases.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components: Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use timber and forest products produced from well-managed forests.

Every year an area half the size of the UK is cleared of natural forests: temperate and tropical, North and South and on every continent. These forests, which once covered half of the planet, are irreplaceable and their loss has profound economic, social and environmental impacts. Sixty million indigenous people and countless species of plants and animals are wholly dependent on forests to live and forests support up to 1.6 billion of the poorest people in the world.

Today, numerous events are taking place around the globe to raise awareness of FSC’s role in protecting the world’s forests through a variety of promotions and activities. They also want to highlight the fact that forests and woodlands in the UK need to be well-managed, bringing a local perspective to the day.

Companies and forest owners are promoting FSC in many ways including business to business seminars and discounts on FSC products, through to guided walks and bike rides round FSC certified forests and talks to local schools. More details of events near you can be found on the FSC website.

More than 10% of all FSC certificates awarded for responsible timber-trading across the globe are held by UK businesses. By getting this positive message out to even more people, the UK will remain a leading example of excellence in forest product sourcing.

The Forest Stewardship Council’s “tick tree” logo is used on product labels to indicate whether products are certified under the FSC system. When you see the FSC logo on a label you can buy timber and other wood products, such as paper, with the confidence that you are not contributing to the destruction of the world’s forests.

Wherever possible the BMC endeavours to use recycled products including post-consumer recycled fibre. 



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