What is Controlled Wood?
In an ideal world, all material sold with FSC claims would come from certified forests.
Unfortunately, there aren’t enough tracts of land with FSC Forest Management (FM) certification to consistently meet all the needs of organizations purchasing forest products that will end up in FSC-certified goods.
Controlled wood helps fill that supply void while ensuring that materials are not coming from unacceptable sources.
According to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Controlled Wood is material from acceptable sources that can be mixed with FSC-certified material in products that carry the FSC MIX label.
Controlled wood is not from FSC-certified forests but rather from areas covered by FSC’s system for avoiding the use of wood from five unacceptable sources:
- illegally harvested wood
- wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights
- wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities
- wood from forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
- wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted