Natural Resources

Good Wood Guide
4 September 2009

Introduction to the Good wood guide Checklist for buying and using wood timber Links to sources of information on wood and timber Acknowledgements



The Good wood guide is here to help you make the best choice when buying or using wood for your next DIY, self-build or construction project.

From furniture to floorboards we rely on wood for modern living. 

And why not opt for superstore DIY kits when all you need is an Allen key? Well ... maybe because of the expanding King-Kong sized footprints in our forests.

Enter stage left: Good Wood.

Wood is natural and renewable so we prefer it to steel and PVC. But there are good places to get wood and places where tree species are at risk of going extinct.

So how can you get some good wood in your life? 

We hope that's where we come in. We'd like to guide you to make your best possible choice when buying or using wood. Please step right this way . . . > 

Disclaimer: Friends of the Earth no longer campaigns on forestry issues - the Good Wood guide (written in 1997) has not been kept up to date. If you have any questions about forestry-related issues, or anything else in the guide, please check other sites in our Selected links. Friends of the Earth says that companies who make the things we buy must ensure they don't hurt people and the environment - see our Make It Better campaign for more. 

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