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Preserving and protecting our forests

A gentle ride through the forest, why we care about the forest at Brighton Bike Sheds

As a business, we care a lot about our environmental impact. That’s why our timber is FSC and PEFC certified. But what does that mean?

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) are two of the most influential organisations in sustainable forestry. Their work has far-reaching impacts on forest conservation, economic development, and social equity. These certifications are pivotal in ensuring sustainable forest management and preserving our planet’s forests, animals, and ecosystems.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The FSC play a pivotal role in safeguarding the worlds forests.

Founded in the early 1990s, the FSC was established in response to global concerns about the alarming rate of deforestation and its negative environmental impact. The main aim of the FSC is to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. Its certification system assures that products like timber, paper, and other forest products are sourced from forests that are managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people while ensuring economic viability.


The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

Organisations such as the PEFC help protect the world's forests for generations.


The PEFC, established in 1999, is the largest forest certification system regarding forest area. Originating in Europe, it was created to ensure that small and family-owned forests could also achieve certification, making sustainable forest management a global reality. The PEFC focuses on endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes tailored to local priorities and conditions.


Why certified sustainable timber is important

Preserving forests

FSC and PEFC play a critical role in preserving the world’s forests. By setting stringent standards for forest management, these certifications ensure that the harvesting of trees is done sustainably, allowing forests to regenerate naturally. This approach helps maintain forest cover and prevent deforestation, a major issue contributing to global warming and habitat loss.

Protecting wildlife and biodiversity

Sustainable forest management practices promoted by these certifications help preserve the habitat for countless species. They ensure that forestry activities do not lead to biodiversity loss but instead contribute to its conservation. This is particularly important for endangered species that rely on forests for survival.

Sustaining ecosystems

Forests are not just groups of trees; they are complex ecosystems that play a crucial role in maintaining the environmental balance. They act as carbon sinks, help regulate the climate, and are vital for the water cycle. By promoting sustainable forestry practices, FSC and PEFC certifications help preserve these vital functions of forests.

Combating climate change

Forests are crucial in the fight against climate change. They absorb carbon dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases, and store carbon. Sustainable forest management practices ensure that the carbon absorption capacity of forests is maintained or even increased, significantly contributing to climate change mitigation.

Preserving water resources

Forests play a critical role in maintaining water cycles. They help preserve water quality, reduce pollution, and regulate water flow. Sustainable forestry practices ensure that these important functions are not disrupted.

Soil conservation

Forests also contribute to soil conservation. They prevent soil erosion and maintain soil fertility, crucial for sustaining agriculture and preventing desertification.


A bike shed with peace of mind

The green living sedum roof over our bike sheds provides customers with a stylish feature.By purchasing products, such as our bike sheds or bin stores (made from FSC and PEFC-certified timbers), you are doing your bit to minimise deforestation and degradation of forests. This is a crucial part of reducing your environmental impact. You can purchase our products knowing that the materials used are sustainably sourced with our planet in mind.

FSC and PEFC certifications are more than just labels on timber products. They represent a commitment to sustainable forest management, environmental conservation, and social responsibility. By choosing products made from certified timber, you play a part in preserving the world’s forests, protecting wildlife and ecosystems, and combating climate change. In a world where environmental issues are becoming increasingly pressing, the importance of these certifications cannot be overstated. They are essential to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.

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