Firstly, veneering is the most efficient method of timber production with 1m3 producing over 1000m2 of timber veneer (40 times more coverage than 25mm timber). But if you want to be sustainable, this alone is not enough. The key to look for is certification – that is, a respected and trusted chain-of-custody system ensuring all facets of the supply chain are managed to ensure positive outcomes for the environment and communities linked to source of the wood fibre and at each stage in the production of your wood-based products. Certified timber veneer is the best choice for sustainability.
At Matilda Veneer, we are proudly certified by Forest Stewardship Council® FSC® (FSC-C107681), Responsible Wood and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). This certification cost thousands of dollars each year to maintain, but it is money well spent to provide assurances of our commitment to sustainability.
Things to look for when you plan to specify and use timber products sustainably:
- Suppliers who spruik ‘environmentally friendly’ and ‘sustainability’ when they are not certified. Uncertified suppliers cannot supply certified products.
- Are you specifying or being supplied real wood? Does that product feature imitation wood, made from non-renewables such as laminates, plastics and/or vinyls?
If you have any doubt about the authenticity of a supplier’s credentials, search their certificate numbers on the respective certifier’s websites. You should find the certificate number under the logos on their website or marketing materials, like ours by clicking here.