Press Release – Newly Available FSC® 100% Fair Trade Hardwoods from Tanzania

FSC Msenjele harvested in Tanzanian Village Land Forest Reserve

Four newly available FSC® 100% fair trade hardwood species will be launched on international wood markets in 2014:

The wood originates from the same community-managed forests that produce FSC® 100% African blackwood and are available on ethical, fair trade terms.

The species vary in density from East African padauk at 620kg/m3 to African lignum vitae at 1,100kg/m3.

They have a wide variety of potential applications, including luxury furniture, flooring, windows and doors, highly durable decking, professional musical instruments and exclusive household and consumer products.

Kikole women using borehole 2

In addition to the guarantees associated with FSC® 100%, the wood has an inherent ethical, fair trade message, with Tanzanian forest communities receiving 100% of the log sale revenue.

Jasper Makala, CEO of Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative, which manages the Tanzanian FSC® community forestry group scheme, said:

“Through the fair trade in FSC® 100% hardwoods we are starting to see the transformation of livelihoods for forest-dependent people in Tanzania, with the foundations laid for new schools, improved healthcare, clean water supplies and diversified incomes.

“Companies that buy these newly available FSC® 100% fair trade hardwoods have the opportunity to become stakeholders in the community development process and, through ethical trade, acquire a powerful marketing message that can add significant value to their brand.”

Standard sized samples and technical data are available immediately on request from: / +44 7919 092189

Sound and Fair FSC fair trade hardwoods

Custom-sized samples will be available in early 2014 ahead of commercial roll-out of these species by Sound and Fair later in the year.

For more information on Tanzanian community forestry, visit Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative.