Green Apple Supports EIA’s Call to Protect Thailand’s World Heritage Forests

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The ethical flooring supplier is keen to announce its support for the latest campaign to emerge from London’s Environmental Agency (EIA).

All of the staff at the company are passionate advocates of sustainable forest management.

Green Apple Flooring has announced it is backing EIA’s recent plea to China’s Redwood Committee. The EIA has issued calls to protect one of the world’s endangered timber species by ensuring that the country’s demand for Siamese rosewood isn’t fuelling illegal harvesting in Thailand’s World Heritage Forests.

The distinctive dark grain of the rosewood, coupled with its excellent durability, ensures it is perfectly suited for use in the manufacture of luxury Hongmu antique-style furniture in China. It has been widely documented that this industry is worth millions of dollars to the Chinese economy, and international traders are known to offer up to US$50,000 per cubic metre of rosewood.

However, Siamese rosewood trees were in fact granted a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species several months ago, a move which has driven armed Cambodian and Loatian loggers to illegally fell them from Thailand’s UNESCO World Heritage sites to ensure demand for the species is met in the Far East.

In an article published by Hardwood Floors Mag, Faith Doherty of the EIA Forests Campaign was quick to suggest that China should take action against the illegal trading of rosewood. She has urged China’s Redwood Committee and other local trade federations to ‘address (the country’s) wider consumption of illegally sourced timber by joining other major consumer markets… and banning it’. Currently, the European Union, the United States and Australia have legislation in place to ensure illegally sourced wood does not enter their timber markets.

The team at Green Apple were shocked to hear of the situation in Thailand and were quick to back EIA in its plight to conserve such important World Heritage sites. All of the staff at the company are passionate advocates of sustainable forest management and Green Apple has set dozens of procedures in place since its inception to ensure that the company only handles certified, ethically-sourced timber. As a representative from the company explains, consumers have the right to know exactly where their wood flooring has come from.

“An ever-increasing number of customers are voicing concerns with regards to where their wood floors have been sourced from. Though consumers typically assess the cost and the aesthetic appearance of the timber before committing to a purchase, more and more people are keen to ensure their product has been felled responsibly and ethically to ensure there is no long-lasting impact on the environment.

“We can, and do, provide our customers with detailed information about the timber content of any of our products on request.”

Please read Green Apple’s Environmental Policy for more information on the measures the company has set in place.

Green Apple Flooring supplies an extensive range of solid wood, engineered and laminate flooring to the UK. The company is proud to stock flooring and maintenance products from some of the best-known flooring brands in Europe, including Quickstep and Elka, at extremely competitive prices. Visit the company’s website for more information or call 0800 002 9525 to speak to a member of staff directly.

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