That tropical hardwood patio table might look good and last for years, but what are the consequences of supporting its production?
It’s impossible to know – but in general terms the felling of tropical forest harms indigenous peoples, destroys wildlife habitat, removes a carbon sink, and reduces cloud cover, accelerating global warming. Buying something local may be more expensive, but at least you have more chance of knowing the consequences of your actions. And it helps your local economy.
Several local Wildlife Trusts support the production of conservation-friendly charcoal and compost for gardeners. Surrey Wildlife Trust has gone one further by helping a local company make environmentally-friendly garden furniture.