Stop forests being erased

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Every two seconds an area of forest the size of a football pitch is destroyed. Yet here in the UK you can still buy furniture, books, cards and other products made from illegally or unsustainably sourced wood.

Turn over a new leaf

Make sure your wood products don't contribute to deforestation.

Nowadays many of us look for labels telling us if our eggs are free range or where our jeans were manufactured, so we can make an informed decision on what we buy.

Yet, the same can’t be said for the many wood-based products we use every day, such as paper or furniture. Make sure you're barking up the right tree and choosing sustainably:

1. Look for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or recycled logo on products.

2. Ask in-store where the wood has come from and if the tree was sustainably logged.

3. Review out our Timber Scorecard to see which businesses are top of the tree in terms of sustainability.

4. Email the customer services department of the company or tweet them asking if their wood-based products are sustainable.

Be the #VoiceOfTheForest and ask where your wood-based products are from.

Forests are disappearing at a rate of one football pitch every two seconds!

Loopholes in the law

Thanks to some loopy loopholes in the current EU regulation, wood from illegally logged trees from some of the world's most precious forests, including the Amazon and the Russian Far East, are finding their way into shops in the UK.

The law is only part of the problem.

'Legally logged' simply means the government has allowed its trees to be cut down. But that doesn't mean the long-term future of the forest has been considered.

So businesses have a responsibility not only to comply with the law, but to ensure their wood-based products come from well-managed forests. You can make sure the products you buy support healthy, thriving forests by looking for the FSC and recycling logos.

Why forests are amazing

Forests are much more than just a collection of trees

Home to wildlife

Forests are home to more than half of all land-dwelling animals, plants and insects!

Creating livelihoods

Forests are vital for people: around a billion people depend on forests for their livelihood.

Ensuring the health of our planet

Forests play an important role in regulating the global climate - they absorb and cycle huge amounts of carbon and water. They're also thought to help provide 75% of the world's usable fresh water.

How wildlife is affected

Much of the timber and wooden products entering the UK come directly from the habitat of some of the world's most iconic and endangered animals.

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Are you a business?

Help us make responsible forest trade the norm.

If you're a business in the UK that buys timber or wood based products, we'd welcome your support for our campaign. Many UK businesses that supply timber and wood-based products are unknowingly selling products made from illegally and unsustainably sourced wood.

If your business wants to change then we could help you.

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