Builders' Merchants News

B&Q goes FSC with plywood

Published:  18 September, 2009

LONDON: B&Q UK has announced that from September 2009 it will only buy Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified tropical hardwood plywood. Certification for B&Q's entire supply of tropical plywood is said to be a global first as historically it has been difficult to secure FSC certification for this volume.

The announcement comes at the same time as the UK government's consultation on licensed timber imports.

All of B&Q's tropical hardwood plywood will have the FSC logo clearly displayed in store. FSC certified products are sourced from sustainable and well-managed forests to ensure that the use of the material does not damage forests, harm wildlife or jeopardise the future of people whose lives depend on the forests.

Julia Griffin, B&Q's timber expert said: "All B&Q wood products are sourced sustainably and we are delighted to be the first retailer to gain FSC certification for all our tropical plywood. Now those looking for fully certified tropical plywood will have an easy way to get hold of what they need."

B&Q believes that its FSC plywood will not only be of interest to consumers looking for responsibly sourced materials for their home renovations. The FSC label will also attract business from government contractors who, since 1st April this year, have been required to use timber from approved sources.