I am enthusiastic about supporting our natural environment and maintaining our natural resources without which there would be no fine boxes. Providing timber is sustainably harvested from well managed forests it is an ecologically sound material to use.
Unfortunately, illegal logging is rife in many major tropical timber producing countries. The effects of this include deforestation, the loss of biodiversity and climate change. It creates conflict between indigenous and local populations and leads to violence and abuse.
It is also illegal within the UK to trade products made from these protected species laid down by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
To that end the timber materials I use are sourced from companies signed up to ethical standards such as the Timber Trade Federation’s Environmental Code of Practice, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
Additionally, my preference is to purchase European and North American hardwood timber as they are normally from well maintained and sustainable planted forests. For exotic and temperate woods I think it makes more sense to buy as veneer because the timber goes a lot further and thus less trees are used.
Please consider supporting one of the tree planting programs in your country.