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Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Is your BBQ charcoal responsibly sourced?

FSC certified charcoal (© FSC UK / M. Jackson)© FSC UK / M. Jackson

A recent investigation by forest NGO, FERN, has highlighted that wood charcoal imported from Namibia, the UK's largest charcoal supplier, is often harvested illegally, under dire working conditions and without any consideration of its environmental impacts.

Forests around the world are under threat and disappearing at an alarming rate. FSC certified products are sourced without destroying our forests. FSC helps take care of forests and the people and wildlife who call them home. Forest management certification to FSC standards also requires companies to maintain or enhance forest workers' and local communities’ social and economic well-being, e.g. workers must be provided with the correct safety equipment.

FSC certified charcoal is widely available in the UK, particularly from large retailers, including high-street names such as Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Argos. Most charcoal packs do not disclose where it was produced and it’s therefore especially important to look for the FSC label to ensure it’s been sourced responsibly.

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