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Why Selectaglaze uses certified timber - the 'Hallmark of responsible forest management'

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Why Selectaglaze uses certified timber – the ‘Hallmark of responsible forest management’ At Selectaglaze we guarantee that all our products incorporating timber come with a responsible forest management certification tick.

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Final chain of custody illustration As a company we pride ourselves in manufacturing products and providing services which help build towards a more sustainable future. Our secondary glazing transforms the thermal integrity of the buildings in which it is installed, resulting in a reduction of each building’s carbon footprint. However, it makes no sense for us to create a sustainable product with non-sustainable materials, it is therefore fitting that we source our timber from sustainable certified suppliers. FSC certified wood WHY illustration Carbon and the built environment Timber certification supports manufacturers within the supply chain in their quest to achieve sustainable products. Prior to the establishment of timber certification organisations, the supply chain from forest to manufacture and then product to customer was riddled with potential abuses. Manufacturers had no way of guaranteeing that a supplier was telling the truth when labelling a timber product as ethically sourced.  This unknown factor caused problems throughout the supply chain. As sustainably sourced timber is sold at a premium, it proved highly lucrative to unscrupulous suppliers to make bogus claims to buyers. During the 80s and 90s forests were disappearing at an alarming rate as a result of unregulated logging. However, ethical companies and consumers had no way of knowing whether timber used in manufacture was truly sustainably sourced. It was clear to all concerned parties that the current unregulated system of supply was not fit for purpose. Environmental groups lobbied for government intervention at both local and international level but could gain no commitments. Instead of state regulation a group of timber workers, traders, environmental and human rights organisations met in California, 1990, to find their own solution.  As a result of the efforts of these organisations, certified timber is now easily available. These certifications cover a range of levels of forest sustainability, allowing manufacturers a choice as to how ethical their final product will be. This choice extends through to the end user who can decide how ethical they wish their purchase to be. In using certified wood in our products we hope to contribute to a system which at its heart is trying to secure the planet for future generations.