Porta is committed to sourcing timber from sustainable and environmentally responsible resources.
You can rest assured knowing Porta holds Chain of Custody under the three national and internationally recognised and accredited organisations:
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
Australia Forest Certification Scheme (AFS)
Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™)
These are the key bodies that promote stewardship of the world’s forests so that you can be confident Porta’s timber products in your home can be traced to certified sources.
FSC® is an independent, non-government, not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
Under FSC certification, responsible forest management means that producers work to keep the balance between three main pillars: ecological, economic and socio-cultural. Growers and harvesters seek to mimic the natural process of tree regeneration. This means the forests are managed in a way that not only takes care of the animals and plants that call it home, but also the workers and local communities who rely on forests, and indigenous groups whose heritage connects them to the forest landscapes.
FSC has a rigorous forest product labelling scheme. It is the only forest label supported by environmental groups such as the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace and The Australian Conservation Foundation, and by major forest product retailers.
PEFC™ is an international non-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification is the certification system of choice for small forest owners.
PEFC is considered the world’s largest certification system and tailored specifically for family and community-owned forests. It also requires companies to demonstrate compliance to social, health, and safety requirements in the certification process.
Australian Forestry Standard Limited (AFS Ltd) is a not-for-profit public company which owns and manages the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS). AFS oversees the operation of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS) which applies to forest management and chain of custody certification in Australia. The AFCS is endorsed by PEFC, the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification.
AFS is also the PEFC National Governing Body for Australia and the Australian Forest Certification Scheme has been endorsed by the PEFC.
BEYOND THE FOREST – SUSTAINABILITY AT PORTA
At our factory in Melbourne Porta is committed to sustainability and caring for our local urban community.
We capture the sawdust from moulding production, which is then reused mostly in the poultry industry and the equine industry (horse stables), as well as other community activities.
Pallets are processed into woodchips that are used for garden products.
Waste timber is donated to charities such as Men’s Sheds in Victoria.
We seek to operate a sustainable operation in our management processes, which includes recycling paper and cardboard, plastic packaging and waste timber.