"Sustainable development is a development that meets the needs of today's generations without endangering the potential of future generations in order to satisfy their own needs and selectable lifestyle. "
What is sustainable wood?
Sustainable wood comes from sustainably managed forests. It is renewable because forestry experts take care of the soil, the groundwater, the ecosystem, the wild animals and the trees themselves, throughout the process of cultivation and degradation.
In this context, sustainability means that the forest should remain intact for its grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Why do I need to pay attention on sustainable wood?
A surface of approximately 35 football fields is cleared per minute on the whole world, a lot of it in the tropics. The cleared areas are often not reforested but converted into arable fields, palm oil plantations or cattle pastures by fire clearing. In addition there are violations of human rights on indigenous tribes and the loss of endangered animal species.
In short, the purchase of sustainable timber is a way to support the future of our forests, and thus also the future of present and future generations.
In addition, when wood is being used then modern building materials such as plastic or metal are not being used. These non-renewable resources produce environmental pollution as they are being manufactured and require more energy than wood, disregarding the biodegradability. Sustainable wood comes from sustainably managed forests. It is renewable because forestry experts take care of the soil, the groundwater, the ecosystem, the wild animals and the trees themselves throughout the whole process of cultivation and degradation.
Which wood is most sustainable?
Wood is usually divided into two classes: hardwood of broadleaf trees such as beech or oak and softwood of conifers such as pine or spruce. Since softwood does grow quite faster than hardwoods, it is said that these varieties are somewhat more sustainable. In addition, the foliage and mixed leaf forests have to be handled more carefully in order to make sustainable use of them.
In the meantime, the EU has introduced legal measures to protect its forests, so that nowadays more trees are planted than felled in the EU. European forests grow again instead of shrinking due to legal minimum requirements for the replacement of harvested trees and the limitation of harvesting cycles. With regard to the topic of sustainability this makes the purchase of wood a safe thing to do within the EU.
What about wood from outside the EU?
Wood from Asia, Africa, South America and even from the USA or Canada generally comes with less guarantees. Who does buy wood from outside the EU should at least ensure that he does not buy wood from endangered tree species such as teak, mahogany or ebony.
How to identify sustainable wood
The Forest Stewardship Council®, FSC®, is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes responsible management of the world's forests. Their certification system provides internationally recognized standards for companies and private individuals who are interested in or even do feel responsible for responsible forestry. Therefore please do look for the FSC® logo as a reliable sign for sustainable wood when you do purchase wood products. Our customer service will be happy to provide you with up-to-date certificates for our sawmills.