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.

Sign Up

For the Builders' Merchants News enewsletter.

In the spotlight


Builders Merchants Vacancies – UK Wide

At Arco, we are an industry specific recruitment consultancy, providing sales and managerial staff Nationwide to Merchants, Distributors and Manufacturers of Building Materials within the Construction Sales Sector. Priding ourselves on our unparalleled customer service and hard work, we offer a fresh, innovative and personal approach to recruitment specifically designed to meet our clients’ needs and candidates’ skills.

Guest Blog by Simon Damp

Is DIY a lost art?

As time goes by, the art of do-it-yourself when it comes to activities around the home and garden is fast becoming more and more of a lost art.