Several of my friends have a picture on their sideboard of the child they sponsor in Africa or Asia.

My business partner, David, has a picture of Koyah, an orangutan from Borneo.

He doesn’t get letters and drawings , or reports about Koyah’s progress at school, but he does take some comfort in knowing that he’s helping look after just a few of the 2,000 orphaned orangutans living in care centres in Borneo and Sumatra, with the ultimate hope they can be returned to the wild.

Because the tragic truth is that 80% of the orangutan’s rainforests has been decimated in the past 20 years, much of it for the timber we use in our homes and workplaces.

The other frightening thing is that reduction of rainforest accounts for about 20% of global warming. And saving them is the single most cost-effective thing we can do about it.

All of which means that timber alternatives like Futurewood have a really important part to play in protecting our planet and the many endangered species who still inhabit it.

That’s why we support WWF and its fellow organisations that are doing such a mighty job in rainforest protection and the rescue and rehabilitation of displaced orangutans.

I know David won’t thank me for making a big deal of what is, after all, just one small contribution to a very big problem. Too bad. He’s passionate about the environment and that’s one of the reasons he got excited about Futurewood.

By recycling industrial waste into sustainable alternatives for fencing, timber decking and exterior cladding, Futurewood is playing its part in preserving our precious environment. And, hopefully, making sure orangutans hang around for a good while yet.

– GIL