My husband made this box out of a 40-year-old Ironbark fence post - a bit of Marrickville's history that still lives on.

My husband made this box using a 40-year-old Ironbark fence post – a bit of Marrickville’s history that still lives on.

Planet Ark has a campaign called, “Make It Wood – Do Your World Some Good,’ which aims at encouraging people to use responsibly sourced wood when building or making things.

Trees absorb & store carbon dioxide (CO2) while they are alive. After it is harvested timber continues to store much of this carbon, therefore, using responsibly sourced timber &/or recycled timber is a way to do your bit for preventing climate change.

It is important to buy responsibly harvested timber because some timbers are logged illegally from forests or from endangered tree species such as Rosewood that is almost extinct in Madagascar.   To find new timber that is responsibly harvested look for those endorsed by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), the Australian Forest Certification Scheme (AFCS) or the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Recycled timber can be bought in many recycled timber yards or even found dumped in the street. We found a lot of 100-year-old American redwood, Blackbutt & Douglas Fir when we were renovating.

The American Forestry Foundation says, Wood is better for the environment in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, air & water pollution, & other impacts.  Steel & concrete consume 12% & 20% more energy, emit 15% & 29% more greenhouse gases & release 10% & 12% more pollutants into the air, & generate 300% & 225% more water pollutants than wood.”

To highlight Planet Ark’s campaign to choose responsibly sourced or recycled wood, they are holding a photography competition called, ‘Snap Some Wood.’

There are three categories –

  1. Renovation – includes do-it-yourself or professional renovation projects with a high use of wood like floorboards, stairs, kitchen or bathroom or window frames.
  1. Structures – includes photos of houses, frames, commercial or public buildings, sheds, piers or wharves or fencing.
  1. Miscellaneous – includes furniture, art, sculpture, unusual items, toys etc.

Your photographs must be taken in Australia. Photos of trees & forests are not eligible. There is no limit on the number of different photos that one person may enter.

Entries will be judged on their quality, beauty & uniqueness. Planet Ark says that they are particularly interested in photos that portray people’s relationships with wood.   The prizes are four ipads with wooden covers worth over $2,750 each.

The deadline for entries is midnight AEST on Wednesday 5th November 2014.

Entries can be uploaded via Facebook here –