The EU has imposed a verification system on Indonesia known as Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) in order to prevent produce from illegally logged trees from making it into the EU market.
A Voluntary Partnership Agreement has been set up between the EU and Indonesia and essentially means that both sides have committed to keep trade above board using only legally sourced timber that can be traced back to its supply.
These new regulations prevent illegal logging, a real problem in Indonesia where timber makes up 15% of the country’s exports. The new regulations ‘require Indonesia to trace the timber's source back through the whole supply chain’, according to a BBC report. The EU will also provide the country with the support it needs in order to ensure that only timber that has been harvested legally will be shipped into the EU.
Indonesia relies on its timber exports and is home to what’s considered the third biggest rainforest in the world after the Amazon and Congo. However, the rate of deforestation due to illegal logging has become a concern among environmentalists, who have welcomed the new agreement, but say Jakarta 'must do much more to fight illegal loggers.’
Whilst the EU have stepped in to act against illegal logging in this territory, the practice is much less common in Northern Europe. Eat Sleep Live only use wood that’s been sourced in the British Isles and the harvesting of which doesn't result in any kind of deforestation or wild habitat destruction.
All of the wood that goes into the making of our furniture has lived a former life as part of a church, school or other building that’s due for demolition and features quality wood that can be salvaged. Check out our previous post, 'How Eat Sleep Live produces unique furniture AND saves the environment', if you want to find out more.