A lot of wood or composite decking companies claim their products to be eco-friendly. Most composite decks are an innovative blend of approximately 95% recycled timber and plastic – that’s almost the whole thing! Some wood decking companies use a scheme by which a tree is planted for every tree used, so thus replacing what was taken out. Any decking company you use should have looking after the environment as one of their highest priorities. A lot of companies are now becoming members of FSC which is the Forest Stewardship council.
Our forests give us many things like books, tissues, furniture and so much more. FSC helps take care of forests and the people and wildlife who call them home.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC helps take care of forests and the people and wildlife who call them home and is recognised by WWF as the “hallmark of responsible forest management”.
From research, 50% of people in the UK recognise the FSC logo (GfK 2014) and the market for responsibly sourced timber and timber products is growing.
When looking for your decking supplier, if you can find one who is a member of FSC this shows they are really considering the impact of the environment. That’s a company we like! Read more about FSC here.
Overall, both wood and composite decking companies have the potential to create a difference to the environment, wood can be obtained from an unsustainable source, plastic could be created rather than recycled. When considering how many boards some of these companies supply, it’s clear that a company who doesn’t care about their impact on the environment could potentially have a devastating effect.