A recent report shows that the amount of imported certified sustainable wood that come into the UK in 2015 accounted for nearly all of the UK’s imports. The small amount of uncertified wood that comes into the country is from North America and Africa which to put it mildly does not have a tradition of traceability.
This rise in sustainable product is as a result of pressure from business and a need/ desire to be seen to be green. There is an argument to say that in some cases timber is not specified and there for opportunities are lost because a particular product does not have certification. It is hard to think in the current climate of thinking this loss of business amounts to much.
It is good news for business and the consumer that we demand certified sustainability in our industry. It gives confidence and helps the sector to grow.

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