Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a world where people live in balance with nature. Established in 1992, we are one of Australia's leading environmental behaviour change organisations, with a focus on working collaboratively and positively. We help people, governments and businesses reduce their impact on the environment in three key areas: sustainable resource use; low carbon lifestyles; and connecting people with nature. We promote and create simple, positive environmental actions - for everyone.
Make It Wood - Do Your World Some Good aims to encourage the increased use of responsibly sourced wood as a building material. When sourced responsibly, wood can play a big part in helping tackle climate change. This is because wood is a low carbon option for building; it sequesters carbon during the growth phase, it stores carbon for the long-term, it is renewable and it has a lower embodied energy than many other building materials. As a result, using wood allows us to live a low carbon lifestyle.
Wood is unique among building materials because it is a natural carbon store - up to 50% of its dry weight is carbon. Responsibly sourced wood products store the carbon that the growing trees have removed from the air.
The details of Planet Ark's positions on the use of responsibly sourced wood as a building material can be viewed here.
Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is a not-for-profit industry services company funded by the Federal Government, member levies and research grants. FWPA has partnered with Planet Ark to encourage the use of sustainably sourced wood as a building material to related industries, as well as Australian business and consumers. Learn more about FWPA.
The Ultimate Renewable™ campaign offers a fresh new narrative around forestry that most of the public are unaware of – that wood is a continually renewable resource and that trees in Australia’s commercial forests are replanted. Learn more about The Ultimate Renewable™.
The WoodSolutions™ initiative provides architects, engineers and other building professionals with information on how to design and specify with wood products. WoodSolutions™ information channels include an online knowledge base, technical design guides, workplace presentations, seminars and more. Learn more about WoodSolutions™.