Good Wood Guide

The Good wood guide is here to help you make the best choice when buying or using wood for your next DIY, self build or construction project.

From furniture to floorboards we rely on wood for modern living. And why not opt for superstore DIY kits when all you need is an Allen key?

Our demand for wood is having a devastating impact on tropical and temperate forests, which act as critical life support systems for our planet.

But wood is natural and renewable, so it's a better choice than alternatives, such as steel or PVC.

Find out how to choose wood from sustainable sources, and avoid species at risk from extinction.

Read our Good Wood Guide

Disclaimer: Friends of the Earth no longer campaigns on forestry issues - the Good Wood Guide (written in 1997) hasn't been kept up to date. If you have questions about forestry-related issues, or anything else in the guide, please take a look at our links page.


The Good Wood Guide was produced in partnership with Fauna & Flora International through Fenside Waste Management Ltd and The Rufford Foundation.

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