One of the oldest building materials can be one of the most sustainable. Timber is attracting plenty of attention from builders and architects as a great looking and potentially green alternative for their projects.
For those who want to go further than the local hardware chain to find a product that is genuinely ethically sourced and supports local environmentally minded producers — look no further than CERES Fair Wood.
Founded by renowned architect Paul Haar, social enterprise CERES Fair Wood selects its timber based on a simple set of criteria that foster well managed land, forests and trees, as well as providing a market for timber that would otherwise go to waste.
“The premise is that we only source the most sustainable stuff that we can through local and transparent supply chains,” general manager Hayden Cronin explained.
“We find timber that is grown in farm forestry and agro-forestry settings instead of, for instance, old growth or naturally regenerating native forest. We also approach small growers who want to diversify their farm enterprise.”