Although certified wood products ultimately cost the consumer more money, certification by authorized bodies such as the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC) work to ensure the ethical harvesting, sale and distribution of sustainable timber products like engineered hardwood flooring.
Regrettably, such practice casts a pall over flooring companies and related businesses – part of a broader timber industry that works hard to ensure transparency.
How Is the Industry Responding?
The International Wood Products Association (IWPA), is an international trade group working to bring together all segments of the global supply chain and to build an understanding of sustainable management of forests globally.
Sustainably managing forests benefits local communities, the environment and works to generate “economic growth and quality jobs for those who manufacture, sell and use these remarkable products in North America.”