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The FSC® runs a global forest certification system with two key components:  

Forest Management

Forest Management Certification, which makes sure that the forest is managed to high standards covering social, environmental and economic issues.


Chain of Custody

Chain of Custody certification, which traces the wood from those forests through all stages of processing and distribution. Chain of Custody certification from forest to end-user ensures that FSC® materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing so that customers purchasing FSC® labelled products can be confident that they are genuinely FSC® certified.



Compliance with laws and FSC® Principles – to comply with all laws, regulations, treaties, conventions and agreements, together with all FSC® Principles and Criteria.


Tenure, use rights and responsibilities – to define, document and legally establish long-term tenure and use rights.


Indigenous peoples’ rights – to identify and uphold indigenous peoples’ rights of ownership and use of land and resources.


Community relations and worker’s rights – to maintain or enhance forest workers’ and local communities’ social and economic well-being.


Benefits from the forest – to maintain or enhance long-term economic, social and environmental benefits from the forest.


Environmental impact – to maintain or restore the ecosystem, its biodiversity, resources and landscapes.


Management plan – to have a management plan, implemented, monitored and documented.


Monitoring and assessment –
to demonstrate progress towards management objectives.


Maintenance of high conservation value forests – to maintain or enhance the attributes which define such forests.


Plantations – to plan and manage plantations in accordance with FSC® Principles and Criteria.

The main ingredient of wood plastic composite is the wood flour and the type of wood flour used in the composite is vital. Softwoods are softer and less durable than hardwoods. Due to their softer composition, softwoods are also prone to absorbing more moisture than hardwoods.

For these reasons hardwoods are perfect for wood plastic composite decking.


Where recycled woods are used it is very hard to know exactly which wood is contained in the wood flour. Even when purchasing wood flour that has not been recycled, it is very difficult to know the species in the wood flour. Only by buying timber through an organisation like that of FSC® or PEFC can the producer be 100% sure of the origin and species.


Composite Prime only uses FSC® 100% certified wood that traces each species back to the forest it was sourced from. Therefore we can be confident in the quality of our wood plastic composite decking as we know the origin and species of the tree used in our wood flour.

For more information about the Forest Stewardship Council® please visit them at www.fsc-uk.org/en-uk

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