When choosing wood it is important to make the right choice in order to avoid buying illegally logged imported wood or wood from forests of high conservation value.
The best options are to use recycled wood or to choose wood that is certified.
Using recycled wood extends the life of the wood so there is no need to use newly sourced wood. In addition, the carbon contained in this recycled wood is stored for the life of the new product.
Recycled wood is salvaged from demolished houses, old buildings, sheds, factories, warehouses, wharves, boats and other wood products. It is available from specialist wood suppliers, secondhand building material outlets, larger demolition companies and demolition sites.
Planet Ark believes that independent certification is the best means of demonstrating that wood is sourced from well-managed forests and ensuring the best environmental outcomes.
Of the current available systems in the Australian market, Planet Ark recommends choosing FSC over other competing systems such as AFS or PEFC.
Planet Ark is committed to supporting forest management certification as a key method of behaviour change in the pursuit of a more sustainable planet.
Find out more about the certification systems: