Forests support up to 1.6 billion of the poorest people in the world. Sixty million indigenous people and countless species of plants and animals are wholly dependent on forests for their lives.
Demand for forest products, such as timber and paper, continues to grow, putting increasing pressure on the world’s forests.
Look out for the Forest Stewardship Council logo on paper, timber and other products.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme.
There are many different types of FSC labels shown on everything from toilet paper and tissues to wooden furniture. You must always choose an FSC product over a non-FSC product but you can go even further by choosing FSC RECYCLED products.
FSC Recycled labels ensure that the product you are buying has been rediscovered or reclaimed from a previous use. For example Raft reclaim timbers from old bridges and houses in Indonesia. A government scheme helps people to build earthquake proof homes so this is why there is an abundance of reclaimed teak in Indonesia.
The FSC Recycled label was introduced in order to recognise the important role that recycling paper and timber plays in protecting the world’s forests.
Only products containing 100% recycled material can carry the FSC Recycled label.
Raft is the world’s largest retailer of FSC accredited recycled teak.
Recycling paper and wood products not only makes the best use of the yield of the tree, by extending the life span of its fibres, it also reduces the amount of waste going to landfill sites. The use of FSC recycled paper and timber can help to alleviate the pressure of demand on sources of virgin material, thereby helping to protect the world’s forests.
The FSC Recycled label can be found on wood reclaimed from construction and demolition sites or, for example, used railway sleepers and telegraph poles.