PEFC Annual Review – Building Sustainability Together in 2021

As featured by PEFC International 2021 was an exciting year for the PEFC Alliance, bringing innovations and new collaborations. The number of certified hectares of forest and certified companies continued to grow, and two new systems achieved PEFC endorsement – one of them the very first regional system to be endorsed. We continued to work together as a global team,…

Lights, camera, action! Design studio ‘directs’ the goals and aspirations of clients to produce prize-winning projects

Creating enjoyable environments for work and relaxation… THE creation of architecture involves many people and disciplines to produce a successful project. Architects themselves seem to imitate the role of the movie director, controlling and coaxing the core message, continuously assessing and subtly directing the process to achieve the final solution. No one is more aware of this than James Fitzpatrick, who…

Responsible Wood Photo Contest entries pass 300!

Nominations are coming fast as deadline looms for the 2022 Responsible Wood National Photo Contest Entrants have until World Environment Day (June 5) to enter the competition. Responsible Wood Marketing and Communication Officer Jason Ross has been overwhelmed by the response as professional and amateur photographers across Australia submit their favourite photos from Responsible Wood certified forests. “So far more…

Macquarie University Incubator: innovative working space combines sustainability and flexibility

The Macquarie University Incubator is one of the latest additions to the Macquarie University campus in New South Wales, Australia, providing a vibrant and accessible space for students to research and develop ideas. Sustainability, flexibility, and a short construction time were key priorities in the development of the project. 105 m³ of PEFC-certified glulam, supplied by Binderholz, and 2,500 m² solid wood panels, were processed during…

Where to Source Sustainable Furniture

People’s choices are now, more than ever, being guided by sustainability. We want more solar energy and less coal. We want electric vehicles. This shift in mindset is also occurring in the furniture world, with customers now wanting to know that the items they put in their homes are sustainably made. Companies are also taking this into consideration, searching for…

An Australian Perspective on Sustainable Forestry Management

Climate change and environmental issues are global concerns so sustainable forestry management is playing an ever increasingly important role. It’s why so many governments around the world are making emissions commitments. The world is changing in terms of the way it approaches climate change, with the realisation that all countries need to participate. Australia, regardless of which government holds power,…

Bird monitoring programs supports rich biodiversity in plantation forests

A successful bird monitoring program supported by Responsible Wood Community Grants and undertaken by Birdlife Australia at the request of PF Olsen Australia has dispelled the notion that forest plantations are ‘biological deserts’ In 2015, BirdLife Australia began monitoring bird populations annually in hardwood plantations in western Victoria and have done similar work in Western Australia since 2017.  The Responsible…

Responsible Wood supports ‘Australian Made’ Week

Lock in Australian Made Week 2022! Following the success of the first ever Australian Made Week in 2021, Responsible Wood is excited to support Australian Made Week 2022. Running from Monday 6th June to Sunday 12th June, the campaign promises to be bigger and better than ever, and will focus on encouraging consumers to actively seek locally Australian made and grown products both…