How to protect and celebrate forests
Forests are not only essential for improving our health but also the health of our planet. To allow forests to keep up the good work they need to be protected, and that’s where we come in.
Soil Association Certification’s Forestry team certify around 19 million hectares of forest in over 50 countries, across both the FSC® and PEFC™ Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. That’s a tree-mendous number of trees being managed sustainably!
But what can I do to support the forests?
1. Justify calling yourself a 'nemophilist' - those who love woods or trees - by learning all about them. Share your new-found knowledge to help spread the love for our forest friends.
2. At home, choose garden furniture, greeting cards or even toilet paper with an FSC or PEFC logo. This certification helps show your products have been produced with resources harvested from sustainably managed forests.
3. Ask if your employer has a policy to only buy FSC or PEFC certified wood and paper. If not, try raising this with your team's sustainability lead.
4. If you have children, or work with them, the FSC website has downloadable activity sheets for your own forest role play game, running game and treasure trail.
5. Look out for local opportunities to get involved with tree planting. Ask your local authority if they have any current projects. Organisations like the Woodland Trust often offer the chance to help planting trees too and give advice on how to plant your own.
6. Think of our forests when doing your weekly shop. Ask the businesses you buy food from, especially supermarkets, whether their products are deforestation free. As a general rule, buying organic food - or food with other sustainability labels - can help lessen your environmental impacts.
Reasons to trust the FSC logo
- The FSC label guarantees that the trees that are harvested are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally. Parts of the forest are protected entirely, in order to protect rare animals and plants.
- FSC protects the rights of indigenous people to use the forest. If they have sacred sites in the forest these are exempt from felling. The forest owner must use local workers to run the forest, and provide training, safety equipment and a decent salary. The forest owner is often obliged to support the community in other ways, such as through the development of schools.
- All the wood is tracked from the forest to the store. Every link between the forest and the consumer is certified to make it clearly identifiable which wood is FSC certified and which is not.
- FSC is the only wood certification scheme endorsed by the major environmental charities, including WWF, Greenpeace and The Woodland Trust.
With the climate crisis building, forests are a key part of the solution, removing tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.
By working together to protect our forests, we can make a world of difference.