What is PEFC and why is it important?

What is it?

PEFC stands for the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. In short, their job is to ensure forests are cared for, whether that's by replanting trees that are felled, protecting the wildlife that lives there or ensuring those that work in the forest are treated fairly. Over 20,000 companies have signed up to receive this certification and 280 million hectares of forest is PEFC-certified. 

There are three main categories that are cared for: 

Environmental: Only mature trees are felled in certified forests, allowing others to grow and the biodiversity of the woodland to be maintained. 

Economical: The owners of the woodland, those working in it and everyone else in between needs to be compensated fairly.

Social: Those working in the forests must be treated fairly and outdoor activities encouraged where possible. 

Why is it important?

Timber is a renewable source, but only if we're sensible with it. Clear felling woodland is simply destruction, and by purchasing products from certified sources, you're allowing the regeneration of forests to build homes for years to come. 

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