How to protect and celebrate forests
Forests are not only essential for improving our health but also the health of our planet. To allow forests to keep up the good work they need to be protected, and that’s where we come in.
Soil Association Certification’s forestry team certify over 14 million hectares of forest in over 30 countries, across both the FSC® and PEFC™ Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. That’s a tree-mendous number of trees being managed sustainably!
But what can you do to support the forests?
1. At home, choose garden furniture, greeting cards or even toilet paper with an FSC or PEFC logo.
2. Does your employer have a policy to only buy FSC or PEFC certified wood and paper? Can you raise this with your team's sustainability lead?
3. Justify calling yourself a nemophilist - those who love woods or trees - by learning all about them.
4. If you have children, or work with them, the FSC website has downloadable activity sheets for your own role play game, running hame and treasure trail.
Reasons to trust the FSC logo
- The FSC label guarantees that the trees that are harvested are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally. Parts of the forest are protected entirely, in order to protect rare animals and plants.
- FSC protects the rights of indigenous people to use the forest. If they have sacred sites in the forest these are exempt from felling. The forest owner must use local workers to run the forest, and provide training, safety equipment and a decent salary. The forest owner is often obliged to support the community in other ways, such as through the development of schools.
- All the wood is tracked from the forest to the store. Every link between the forest and the consumer is certified to make it clearly identifiable which wood is FSC certified and which is not.
- FSC is the only wood certification scheme endorsed by the major environmental charities, including WWF, Greenpeace and The Woodland Trust.
With the climate crisis building, forests are a key part of the solution, removing tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year. By working together to protect our forests, we can make a world of difference.