10 Jun '14, 10am
How do you know that the wood in your garden decking is both legal and sustainable? @ukgbc
How do you know that the wood in your garden decking is both legal and sustainable? Responsible companies have been grappling with this thorny question for more than two decades, but despite a huge amount of progress in forest certification over that time, it remains one that is not always easy to answer – especially if the wood in question has been sourced from areas at risk of illegal logging and timber laundering. Greenpeace recently posed this question – in a typically direct way - to builders merchant and UK-GBC member Jewson. How, they asked, could Jewson be certain that the Ipe (a species of timber from Brazil) it uses in its decking, is actually legal? Greenpeace knew that the company takes sustainability and its timber sourcing seriously - their parent company Saint-Gobain has been an active member of WWF’s Global Forest and Trade Network in the UK since 1998 - bu...