Forestry Timber takes environmental responsibility very seriously

We use only legally sourced timber from sustainably managed forests and meet stringent indoor air quality standards to ensure our products provide the healthy environment you seek.

The Importance of Certification

People around the world are becoming more aware of the origin of the products they purchase and the process by which they are transformed from raw materials to their finished state. It is important for consumers to know that the money they spend is not contributing to illegal or unsafe practices. Certification bodies such as those listed below, work to ensure that the engineered wood flooring installed for the end-customer meets or exceeds exacting standards as laid out by international bodies. These various certificates lend credibility and peace of mind to both distributors and the end-consumer, ensuring that environmental protections are in place, maintaining ecosystems and keeping the livelihood of people that depend on forests intact.

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Legal Wood 

The international market for wood products is highly competitive; from flooring to furniture, plywood, lumber and more. Heavy demand drives illegal logging practices leading to lasting, and often irreversible social, environmental and ecological consequences. Although the timber industry is highly regulated, according to a 2019 article by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), Interpol reports that trade in illegally harvested timber accounts for between USD$51 billion and USD$152 billion annually. Consumers who are unwilling to overlook illegal practices are demanding accountability from beginning to end.

Forestry Timber, in its 30-year history has committed to using only legally sourced timber from sustainably managed forests.

Why is certification important?

Certification of wood and timber products works to ensure that the logging and trade of wood is transparent and follows internationally recognised, responsible forestry practices.

Although certified wood products are inherently more expensive than illegally sourced timber, the long-term viability of this renewable resource is not sustainable without certification. Illegal logging is a significant contributor to climate change through deforestation, however our wood floors sourced from responsibly managed forests are some of the most environmentally friendly floors available to the consumer.

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What difference does certification make?

Certification bodies such as FSC®  and PEFC™ set stringent standards for the international trade in legal wood.  A certified chain of custody identifies the original wood source and traces it through to your end product.

Annual auditing ensures the legality of the system. The exacting guidelines for FSC®  and PEFC™ certification protect not only forests, but safeguard wildlife habitats, respect local and indigenous communities, and ensure that the original land owner, and forest workers are treated fairly and compensated appropriately. Certification lends credibility to organizations but also serves to reassure consumers that the product they are purchasing has not harmed the environment.

Certification of Indoor Air Quality

We now understand how pollution can affect health, but did you know that chemicals from products you buy can be emitted and linger inside your home.  These chemicals are typically volatile organic compounds.  We strive to ensure our products do not contain VOCs.

Forestry Timber products meet or exceed the standards required by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and America’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Standard Method for VOC Emissions Testing – one of the strictest regulatory bodies worldwide.

Companies must be recertified regularly, based on the requirements as set out by the certifying body. This ensures that organizations will continue to adhere to the stringent guidelines assigned to the certification process.

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Who are the certification bodies?

Among others, Forestry Timber is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC), FloorScore® and Eurofins®. Each of these certification bodies works to ensure that engineered hardwood floors shipped to distributors worldwide and installed for the end consumer are of the highest quality and have maintained the highest standards from the very beginning of the supply chain.

Who are the certification bodies?

Among others, Forestry Timber is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC), FloorScore® and Eurofins®. Each of these certification bodies works to ensure that engineered hardwood floors shipped to distributors worldwide and installed for the end consumer are of the highest quality and have maintained the highest standards from the very beginning of the supply chain.

The FSC® is an international organization, established in 1992, committed to promoting “environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. With 10 guiding principles and 70 criteria to become an FSC®-certified forest, the certification process is rigorous and exacting. Forestry Timber has been certified by the FSC® since 2009: License # SGS-COC-006228.*

*FSC®  certified wood is available for purchase, it does not systematically apply to all our flooring.

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Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC)

The PEFC™ acts as an umbrella organization, endorsing national forest certification systems and forming partnerships with organizations from around the world. Forestry Timber has been PEFC™ certified since 2018.*

* PEFC™ certified wood is available for purchase, it does not systematically apply to all our flooring.

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FloorScore®

FloorScore® is one of the most recognized indoor air quality (IAQ) standards for hard surface flooring materials and adheres to the CARB and EPA guidelines for VOCs in the USA.

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Eurofins® Indoor Air Comfort Gold

Eurofins® testing laboratories measure the indoor air emissions found in consumer products. Successful testing to Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort Gold Level, as the name suggests, is the Gold level Standard. Forestry Timber products achieving this certification are sought worldwide by governments, architects, schools, hospitals, and consumers alike.