It is like a modern day plague. Deforestation is clearing Earth’s forests on a massive scale, yet we all know that forests and plant life are the lungs of the earth.
Some may argue that forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but the global population is growing at an incredible rate. This population demand fuel in various forms e.g. electricity, petrol and gas all of which pollutes the environment. Yet we are losing natures air purifiers at an alarming rate. Vast swaths of rainforests, the size of Belgium are lost each and every year, never to be replaced. You can visit https://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/ for more information.
On the plus side, across the world, there are immense farms, most notably in Canada, Scandinavian countries, Japan and Germany, which produce wood via sustainable forests. Even in the UK we have sustainable forests in Scotland, Shropshire and Yorkshire. A sustainable forest is a forest that is carefully managed so that as trees are felled they are replaced with seedlings that eventually grow into mature trees. This is a carefully and skilfully managed system. You can find out more by visiting the Woodland Trust website: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2018/07/what-is-a-sustainable-forest/
As early as 1992, the UN were so worried about the depletion of the rainforests, they called an “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro where they created the “Forest Principles”. A number of sets of criteria and indicators have since been developed to evaluate the achievement of their principles at a country and management unit level. Yet their edict is an intention rather than a legally binding agreement. Therefore illegal logging still continues and very few countries seem to view it as enough of a priority to stamp it out.
At Purely Window Shutters we are passionate about ensuring that all of our woods come from sustainable sources. We buy our cedar from the Western Red Cedar Association in Canada. It is either replanted cedar or taken from designated forest areas where it is a managed forest. Cedar is one of the most used timbers in the world, in the USA a lot of houses are built entirely of cedar and it is used extensively for roofing shingles and decking because although a softwood, it is amazingly long lasting and resistant to wet and rot. As a result it is farmed in very well managed forests.
Our laminated constructed wood, sometimes called Parasol, is a farmed wood. It grows in sub-tropical areas of the southern states of the USA, China and Japan. It is a very fast growing tree reaching full height in about 15 years.
“The Warwick Range” is our most eco-friendly product because no trees at all have been specifically cut down to make this product at all. Made from a laminated veneered lumber core (strips that are off cuts, not usable elsewhere then laminated together with epoxy making a light, strong core), MDF laid bulk and polymer sealed outer coating.
So when you are considering your beautiful shutters, please remember to look at where the wood has come from. Deforestation has many negative effects on the environment. We know about the effect it has on climate change, yet the most dramatic impact is a loss of habitat for millions of species. Seventy percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes.
When you view our beautiful range of plantation shutters, you can be certain that they have come from sustainable sources.