Is Western Red Cedar a sustainable timber suitable for chairs or bath mats

Is Western Red Cedar a sustainable timber suitable for chairs or bath mats

23rd Aug 2013


Western Red Cedar is one of the most sustainable building products available. It produces fewer greenhouse gases, generates less water and air pollution, requires less energy to produce than alternatives and comes from a reliable,trusted, renewable and sustainable resource.

British columbia, the main source of Western Red Cedar, has an area almost as large as the United Kingdom under third party sustainable forest certification.( see below for more detail about the certification standards). Each year only 1% of the forest is harvested and 3 trees are replanted for each one cut down.  With this style of management these forests have a life cycle that will endure.

According to The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature [UICN], in French) using their scale for threatened species Western Red Cedar is labelled as Least Concern (LC)


Botanical Name

iucn-least threatened species

So now that we can be assured Western Red Cedar is a renewable and sustainable choice for timber, lets have a look at why it might be a good choice for furniture such as chairs and bath mats. Western Red Cedar has naturally occurring thujaplucins which are known to have potent anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. The natural oils act as a pure preservative, protecting the timber. It has high durability classifications for above and below ground uses. It is also classified as termite resistant.

Ok, so its sustainable and durable. What else makes Western Red Cedar standout from other Timbers ?

Well its versatile, distinctive and stylish. You can achieve a great many looks from natural and rustic to clean and contemporary. With a uniform ,fine grained lustrous appearance the timber can work equally well indoors or outdoors and has the ability to blend beautifully with the natural surroundings. 

Western Red Cedar is lightweight but strong and retains its shape even when exposed to the elements. Its straightness resists cupping and warping.

SO you can now see why we are so proud to use Western Red Cedar as the timber of our choice for the handmade products we manufacture here at Cedar Magic. The products include outdoor chairs, timber bath mats, laundry hampers, cedar wardrobe blocks and a  bath caddy among others. All the timber we use comes from Canada and has Chain of Custody FSC® Certification, PEFC and Green Tag Certification. Our furniture comes with a 5 year guarantee.

cedar magic outdoor folding timber deck chair     cedar magic wood bath mat

In addition, all of our Western Red Cedar has Chain of Custody FSC® Certification, PEFC and Green Tag Certification. (See below for more detailed explanation below)


What is FSC


FSC Chain of Custody is an information trail about the path taken by products from the forest to the consumer. FSC certification provides a credible guarantee to customers that products originate from well managed forests and controlled sources. Compliance with this standard provides a consistent, international basis for independent,third party verification of claims regarding the sourcing of the timber. 

 What is Green Tag

green tag

Global GreenTagCertTM is a third party, green building and other product rating and assessment (LCA) process. Its advanced, robust ‘beyond LCA’ certification methodology is a world first. GreenTag makes selecting eco-friendly products easy. All the research, analysis and reviewing of standards is done for you. You simply look for the GreenTag and make a purchase of a product you can trust.

 What is PEFC


The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.PEFC works throughout the entire forest chain supply to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards.

Dave Price

cedar magic craftsman