Marston & Langinger, a designer and producer of conservatories, garden rooms, and other glass buildings, has helped to create the first “green” forests in West Africa, and attain certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Company founder and design director Peter Marston personally lobbied the Republic of Congo government to ensure reforestation and helped to gain FSC certification for hardwood suppliers in the region.
“We pressed suppliers in Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, and Cameroon to develop FSC forestry management [as well], but they were serving a market that, even now, sees sustainable forestry as little more than fancy marketing. We believe that by publicizing that we’ll only buy FSC, we’ll change attitudes,” explains Marston. Prior to FSC intervention in the region, hardwood from West Africa had been illegally or irresponsibly logged.