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When considering your options of wood suppliers there are a number of factors to take into consideration other than cost and quality implications. Yes, the cost of the wood may be important to you, but buying wood from wood suppliers who do not meet industry standards will be damaging to the environment as well as to you in the long run if you bought wood that was not treated properly or treated with the correct type of chemicals.

Purchases need to be made consciously and in a way that is correct even if it means we are spending a little bit extra on the wood purchase. I would rather buy wood from wood suppliers who are known for selling top quality products that meets industry standards and pay a bit more than buying wood from a supplier that has shady business practices.


In South Africa we have a body which controls the standards of the quality of South African timber. That body was established in 1948 and is called The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). The work of the body is to ensure that good quality graded timber is made available to the end consumer. It also ensures that wood manufactures adhere to the rules with regards to growing, planting and treatment processes.


Does the growing and felling procedures meet environmental standards?


From an environmental perspective it is vital that the producers of wood adhere to the regulations and meet environmental standards. This will ensure that our environment does not suffer more than it already has because of deforestation.


What has the wood been treated with?


Be sure to ask the wood suppliers what their wood is treated with. Some wood producers use toxic chemicals in their wood treatment processes. These toxins are damaging to the environment and could also be a health hazard to those who come into contact with the wood.


Does the wood supplier have a certificate of standard compliance?


Insist on seeing a certificate of compliance before making your purchase. This way you will know for sure.