What you can do to protect our forests

Last edited 14 November 2006 at 3:10pm

Ancient forests around the world are in peril, but we can still save them. Governments and the timber industry need to understand what a crucial role they play in maintaining global biodiversity, not to mention how vital they are in regulating the climate, so they need to act now.

And as consumers, we can all help to save the forests. Making sure that the wood and paper we buy has come from well-managed sources (or, even better, is 100 per cent recycled) is something we can all easily do.


Use sustainable plywood and timber for construction

The construction industry is the biggest consumer of timber in the country which is why it is vital for contractors, architects and builders to source timber from environmentally and socially responsible sources such as those certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

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Toilet rolls

Choose forest-friendly tissues and toilet roll

Many brands of toilet paper, kitchen towels and tissues are made by destroying forest areas. Use our guide to find products that use forest-friendly paper.

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Uncover the con in the Congo

Our film exposes how rainforest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being cheated out of their rights to the forest by logging companies, and being paid in beer and soap for timber worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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All of our money comes from individual donations. We couldn't defend the last ancient forests without your generous support.

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