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Logging is the biggest threat to the survival of the orangutan, along with many other animal species. Sadly, it is consumer demand that continues to drive this trade.

Common woods used to make outdoor furniture are logged from tropical rainforests. Whilst being the most suitable and durable for outdoor use, some of these are becoming rare, and their disappearance threatens the survival of many plant and animal species which share the same eco-system1.

And it’s not just the existence of these wildlife species that is being threatened by forest destruction - it is also contributing to climate change. Usually, forests trap carbon and help stabilise the world's climate, but when they are destroyed, carbon is released, contributing to climate change. Forest destruction is responsible for about 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions each year2.

So how much do you know about where your paper or timber products come from? By making more informed choices when it comes to purchasing these items, we can each contribute to the preservation of this endangered creature and the environment in which it lives.

The below resources offer practical information on what to look for, what to avoid, and how you can play your part in saving the world’s forests and protecting the climate.

  1. Outdoor Furniture, Rainforest Timber & Orangutans - edited article from appearing on
  2. Greenpeace Good Wood Guide

Outdoor Furniture, Rainforest Timber & Orangutans

When you plan the purchase of your outdoor furniture, and all the other things that enhance your lifestyle, do you enquire about the origin of those things and what was involved in getting them to your yard? Are you contributing to a problem by purchasing them? Would you rather be a part of the solution of that problem?

Initiated in 1989, Smart Wood is a forestry certification program of the Rainforest Alliance. SmartWood provides independent, objective evaluation of forest management practices and companies that process, manufacture and/or sell certified forest products, enabling the public to identify products and practices that promote sustainable forest development.

To learn more about Smart Wood and for handy tips on what to consider when buying wooden outdoor furniture, click here.

Adapted from article by as featured on

Greenpeace Good Wood Guide

Greenpeace’s Good Wood Guide aims to help you make an informed, environmentally responsible decision when buying wood and wood products.

Good Wood comes from ethical and ecologically sustainable sources and is certified by a credible scheme such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  When you choose Good Wood, you support a solution to deforestation and related climate change, you protect unique biodiversity and you help local forest communities find alternatives to poverty and loss of livelihood. Buying Good Wood tells companies there is no market for illegal and destructive timber and forces them to act responsibly.

To learn about using Good Wood, to find retailers who sell Good Wood timber products, for more information on illegal logging, deforestation and climate change, or to view stories about Good Wood in practice, click here.

Forest Stewardship Council Australia

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non- governmental, not-for-profit organisation and international network established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

Greenpeace accredits FSC as setting the international standard for credible forest management and chain of custody certification, and as being the most widely recognised and best regarded in the world2.

The goal of the FSC is to promote environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests by establishing a worldwide standard of recognised and respected Principles of Forest Stewardship. FSC brings people together to find solutions to the problems created by bad forestry practices and to reward good forest management.

Operating through its network of National Initiatives in more than 46 countries, and through independent third party organisations accredited to certify forest managers and forest product producers to FSC standards, the FSC product label allows consumers around the world to recognise products that support the growth of responsible forest management worldwide.

To learn more about the FSC and to search for FSC certified products, click here.