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Should we choose a labeled wood?

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The FSC and PEFC wood labels are acronyms for good ecological behavior. Ubiquitous in the store's woodshed, these labels are fighting against deforestation and the loss of biodiversity. It remains to be seen if they are really reliable.

Costa Rica teak garden tables, Indonesian bangkiraï gratings or Polish pine terrace decks: stars from the latest catalog of a famous DIY brand, all these items are FSC or PEFC stamped. Assorted with the mention "wood from forests sustainably managed", these acronyms become familiar reassuring us. What are they supposed to guarantee? Better traceability, greater respect for the workers in the sector, the decline in deforestation.

However, hard to ignore some criticism of them: labels sometimes awarded despite the respect of the conditions enacted, business a little too flourishing, war organizations, etc. "However, there is no question of shooting the ambulance, says Stéphane d'Halluin, responsible for sustainable development for the brand Botanic.The wood labels are a valuable guarantee.If without it, there would no longer be any barrier to wild deforestation ". Of the world's 4 billion hectares of forest, only 148 million are FSC and 242 million PEFC. There is still a lot to do. So, for want of something better, let's continue to buy labels.

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Which acronym to choose: FSC or PEFC?

Coming from the associative world, the acronym FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. It identifies timber from forests managed in a sustainable manner and in compliance with labor law. As for the PEFC (Pan European Forest Certification Council), it is the fruit of a French and European initiative more corporatist. He is less demanding than his elder, especially from a social point of view. So which one to prefer? FSC is clearly favored for woods from afar, such as Southeast Asia or Africa, while PEFC can be favored for European species.

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