Builders merchant Travis Perkins has joined a host of British businesses committing to responsible forest trade to help end deforestation around the world with a shift to 100% sustainable timber and wood products by 2020.
The merchant, along with BSW Timber, Kingfisher Plc (B&Q and Screwfix), Homebase and a number of other well-known firms, has signed up to the WWF-UK’s new forest campaign.
WWF is campaigning to close the legal loopholes in the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) which mean less than 50% of the value of timber products coming into Europe are confirmed as coming from legal sources. Everyday objects such as chairs, books and musical instruments are currently not included in the legislation.
Julia Young, manager, WWF Global Forest and Trade Network UK, said: “We all use products from the forests daily in our homes and at work, from the chairs we sit on to the books we read, and for businesses it’s essential to have a sustainable supply of materials, for now and tomorrow.
“The businesses signing up know this and are taking action to ensure a future for our forests, it’s time for the government to make good on its promises to do the same.”