The wood originates from the same community-managed forests that produce FSC 100% African blackwood and are available on ethical terms.

The species vary in density from East African padauk at 620kg/m3 to African lignum vitae at 1,100kg/m3.

They have a wide variety of potential applications, including luxury furniture, flooring, windows and doors, highly durable decking, professional musical instruments and exclusive household and consumer products.

In addition to the guarantees associated with FSC 100%, the wood has an inherent ethical message, with Tanzanian forest communities receiving 100% of the log sale revenue.

Jasper Makala, CEO of Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative, which manages the Tanzanian FSC community forestry group scheme, said: “Through the trade in FSC 100% hardwoods we are starting to see the transformation of livelihoods for forest-dependent people in Tanzania, with the foundations laid for new schools, improved healthcare, clean water supplies and diversified incomes. Companies that buy these newly available FSC 100% hardwoods have the opportunity to become stakeholders in the community development process and, through ethical trade, acquire a powerful marketing message that can add significant value to their brand.”

Standard sized samples and technical data are available immediately on request from: / +44 7919 092189

Custom-sized samples will be available in early 2014 ahead of commercial roll-out of these species by Sound and Fair later in the year.

For more information on Tanzanian community forestry, visit Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative.