We live in an age where there is a lot of injustice, and little consideration for the more resounding impacts of our actions. However, we also live in an age where, thanks to easily accessible information, as well as a little thoughtfulness, we are becoming more aware of what impact our everyday choices and actions have.
There are many ways to alter your lifestyle to make it more ethical and sustainable, recycling, buying local goods etc. But one factor that is still largely overlooked is where the wood that makes your doors come from. Having a house fitted with wooden doors made from wood from sustainable sources can help you rest assured that you are doing your bit to preserve our forests.
Very often, the sustainability of the wood depends on the location it comes from.
- European wood is almost always sustainable because the forests are now protected by legislation, so if you are planning on installing a door made from sustainable materials, wood from Europe will certainly help you do this. However, it is worth checking the exact location the wood comes from, as there are still reports of logging in Siberia and parts of Russia.
- Asian, South American and African wood is still sometimes questionable in its sustainability. There are groups trying to ensure the replanting of certain forests, and if you use wood from these particular places, checking for certain insignias and logos will help you in knowing whether your wood is sustainable or not.
What to Look For
You can check if your door or wood is from a sustainable source by looking for the official certification which is used only with products made from sustainable forests. Alternatively you can look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) marking, followed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC) logo.
The FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme. There are national working groups in more than 50 countries including the UK. FSC UK is a registered charity which is supported by WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust.
At Best4Doors we try to ensure that all our doors are ethically sourced and from sustainable forests. In most cases all our doors are made from wood that has FSC approval. Whatever you buy – doors, floors or furniture – don’t hesitate to ask for proof that it is ethically sourced and sustainable.