17 Oct 2012

NICHOLAS DANIEL SHOWCASES MARIGAUX FSC 100% OBOE

The world’s first FSC® 100% oboe was showcased by Nicholas Daniel at a series of concerts earlier this month at Kings Place, London.

The oboe has been made by French manufacturers, Marigaux, using FSC 100% African blackwood sourced on sustainable, fair trade terms from community-managed forests in Tanzania.

Nicholas Daniel said: “To hold in my hands the first ever fairly-traded, environmentally-sound oboe, made by the wonderful team at Marigaux, felt truly historic.

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28 Sep 2012

MARIGAUX LAUNCH WORLD’S FIRST FSC 100% OBOE

Marigaux, the world-renowned French oboe manufacturers, are launching a range of socially and environmentally responsible oboes at a series concerts at Kings Place, London, on the 3rd and 4th October 2012.

Nicholas Daniel, the celebrated British oboist, will be the first musician to play one of the instruments, which are made using FSC® 100% African blackwood, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®, and sourced on fair trade terms from community-managed forests in Tanzania. (more…)

28 Sep 2012

300% INCREASE IN FSC-CERTIFIED FOREST IN TANZANIA

The total area of FSC® certified, community-managed forest in Tanzania has increased by 300% with the additional of Nanjirinji A Village Land Forest Reserve in October 2012.

Nanjirinji covers 61,000 hectares of community-managed forest in a remote area of Southern Tanzania, close to the Selous Game Reserve, and is rich in valuable species such as African backwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), Panga panga (Millettia stuhlmanii) and Bloodwood (Pterocarpus angolensis). (more…)

16 Feb 2012

AFRICAN BLACKWOOD JEWELLERY ON SHOW AT LONDON FASHION WEEK

Designer Tanya Bowd will show her environmentally sustainable African blackwood jewellery collection at London Fashion Week.

Each piece in Tanya’s ‘Africa East’ collection is hand carved from African blackwood.

Using Forest Stewardship CouncilF® (FSC®) certified wood ensures Tanya’s collection, which she designs under the name Candescent, features only wood from trees that are grown and the forests managed sustainably according to an international standard.

“My designs always begin with the environment and sustainability in mind,” Tanya says, “The narrative of culture, style, beauty and colour in my range are not compromised by my decision to use only fair trade materials – in fact this adds to the beauty.” (more…)

19 Jan 2012

MUSICIANS: TAKE A STAND AGAINST ILLEGAL LOGGING

Sign the petition against downgrading the Lacey Act which aims to combat the illegal trade in timber

Many of the world’s tonewood species have been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal logging.

Musicians need to be responsible stewards of the world’s forests, both for their own sake and to ensure that future generations of musicians have access to these materials. (more…)

18 Jan 2012

TIMBER TRADE SUSTAINABILITY IN THE NEXT TEN YEARS

New regulations banning sale of illegal timber in consumer countries will force companies to move away from business-as-usual practices, part of a two-pronged approach to ensure the sustainability of supply for wood products.

Under a regulation that will come into effect in the European Union next year, companies will have to verify the legality of timber from the harvest country onwards, said Chen Hin Keong, Global Forest Trade Programme Leader at TRAFFIC. (more…)

6 Dec 2011

MUSIC AND SUSTAINABILITY TO TOUR UK MUSIC COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS

In March 2012, James Laizer, a Maasai conservationist from Tanzania, and Huw Crompton, a leading advocate of fairly harvested hardwoods for musical instruments, will be visiting music colleges and schools to talk about the role that musicians play in preserving valuable tonewoods and delivering sustainable development for some of the world’s poorest people.

African blackwood is the primary component in many woodwind instruments including clarinets, oboes, flutes and recorders. The species is under severe threat due to over-exploitation almost entirely for the music industry.

However, a pioneering project in Tanzania has given communities ownership of the forest and they are now managing the resource in a sustainable way whilst also earning money to pay for community development including clean water systems and healthcare facilities.

During Music and Sustainability, James and Huw will demonstrate how this project is making a huge difference to the lives of people in Africa and explain the  role that musicians play in sustainable development and the preservation of forests. (more…)

29 Nov 2011

AUSTRALIA TO INTRODUCE ILLEGAL LOGGING LEGISLATION

Imprisonment is one of the penalties facing timber importers in the Australian government’s new legislation prohibiting the importation and sale of illegally logged timber.

The Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill (2011), now being debated in Parliament, carries other significant penalties for importing illegally logged timber or processing illegally harvested domestic raw logs, including large fines. (more…)

27 Oct 2011

MARTIN GUITARS: NO MORE ‘BUSINESS AS USUAL’

Martin Guitar has recently confirmed an order for FSC®-certified African blackwood.

The order is in line with the company’s firm policy of only buying wood from legally verified, sustainable and independently cerified sources.

These environmental principles have been communicated via a series of Wood Summits hosted at Martin Guitar headquarters in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Tom Roche of Sound & Fair partner, Just Forests, attended the last Wood Summit in May 2011 and was left in no doubt of Martin Guitar’s intentions with regards to sustainable wood sourcing:

“There was no doubt whatsoever that Martin meant ‘business as usual’ was not part of their plans. (more…)

25 Oct 2011

MARTIN GUITAR MAKES RESPONSIBLE COMMITMENT WITH FSC-CERTIFIED AFRICAN BLACKWOOD

Renowned US guitar maker, Martin, have become the latest musical instrument manufacturer to place an order for Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)-certified African blackwood.

The FSC®-certified wood originates from community-managed forests in Tanzania and with Martin Guitar already being FSC chain-of-custody-certified, the wood can be used to make FSC 100% instruments carrying the FSC logo.

Tim Teel, Martin Guitar Director of Instrument Design said: “I was delighted to find a beautiful solid wood ebony substitute while attending the Musikmesse in 2011, which is harvested in a responsible manner under FSC.

“This discovery will aid in producing high-quality instruments that will last lifetimes. Many thanks to all those involved.” (more…)

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