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Dura Composites has been confirmed as the world’s first timber composite supplier to become FSC ® 100% certified.

The Essex-based company was made aware of its ‘UK-first’ status earlier this year, but the latest news has further reinforced its position as a global pioneer in the world of timber composite.

FSC ® 100% chain of custody certification (C108450) guarantees the use of FSC ® certified forests in Dura Composites’ production chain.

Customers can currently choose from FSC ® or non-FSC ® items from the company’s Dura Deck and Dura Cladding ranges.

But with Dura Composites now announcing plans to make FSC ® 100% standard across all of its products, the company will soon be helping all of its clients demonstrate a commitment to the responsible sourcing of raw materials.

Stuart Burns, Managing Director of Dura Composites, said: “We already knew that we were world leaders in timber composite design and manufacture – this just goes to show we’ve got the sustainability credentials to match.

“Many people would wrongly think that a timber composite product can’t be as ‘green’ as a timber product. But it’s clear our Dura Deck and Dura Cladding products meet the highest sustainability specifications and outperform timber in service.

“Clients can now be assured that we are leading the market in this area and that our commitment to making FSC ® 100% standard across all our products will help them improve their own eco-credentials.”
The FSC ® certification also means that where FSC ® wood is specified, contractors and landscapers can use lower-maintenance timber composite with a minimum 12 year warranty – something that wasn’t previously possible.

Further evidence that Dura Composites’ timber composite products meet the highest sustainability specifications was provided in report by CERAM UK earlier this year.

Recording 87% recycled content, the report revealed a carbon footprint lower than wood, and a significantly lower overall lifetime cost.

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Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Explained

The Forest Stewardship Council is an organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. The organisation exist to make sure people can buy wood products with the confidence that they are contributing towards safeguarding the world’s forests.

The FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components: Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use wood products produced from well-managed forests.

When you see the FSC’s “tick tree” logo on a label you can buy hardwood decking and other wood based products, such as paper or composite decking, with the confidence that you are not contributing to the destruction of the world’s forests.