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Orang-utans are an endangered forest species. We must protect the forest to save them.

Following the release of our online shop, and to further help you in your quest for ECO gifts, today we launched the Greenpeace NZ Good Wood Guide! But wait -- there's more!! The Good Wood Guide is accompanied by an updated ranking of the very popular outdoor furniture retailers guide!!!

 

So now you can make sure you're not destroying rainforests or the climate when you're buying outdoor furniture or timber decking this summer! The Good Wood Guide lists over 100 ‘good wood’ products from 22 companies as well as information on 90 different types of timber. The updated Guide to Forest Friendly Outdoor Furniture Retailers ranks 19 leading outdoor furniture retailers in New Zealand on their policies and practice on eliminating the sale of timber products that are from illegal and destructive sources.

Indonesia is New Zealand’s biggest source of tropical timber imports and Indonesia’s forests are being logged faster than any other forested nation. Globally deforestation contributes approximately 20 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is through this deforestation that Indonesia and Brazil are 3rd and 4th respectively as the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters.

It’s not hard to buy ‘good wood’ -- there are plenty of different products available. By buying the right timber you can feel safe in the knowledge you’re helping to save tropical forests, indigenous communities, the earth’s climate and unique animals like orangutans.

Since its initial release, the outdoor furniture guide shows some marked improvements in ranking by several major retailers including PlaceMakers, Smiths City, Bunnings, Farmers and Big Save. Importantly, it shows commitment to the phasing out of kwila - one of the worst timbers.

Kwila is used extensively for both outdoor furniture and decking. Most of the kwila on the market is from illegal sources in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Our estimates are that approximately NZ$20 million of kwila sawn timber, decking and outdoor furniture is imported into New Zealand every year. The NZ Government policy on illegal timber imports claims that kwila makes up about 80% of the illegal trade in wood products in New Zealand. Last year Greenpeace released a report on the status of kwila called ’Merbau’s last Stand‘, which predicts kwila will be extinct in the wild within 35 years if current logging trends continue.

Research commissioned by the Ministry of Forestry last year estimated that the New Zealand domestic forest industry would gain an additional US$178 million a year in revenue by 2020 if illegal logging was eliminated and log prices would be 17% higher.

So don't shop til they drop! Use the Good Wood Guide whenever you purchase wood products.