Hanson Clarinet gets world’s first FSC certificate for African Blackwood

10 May 2010

British clarinet manufacturer Hanson Clarinet has been awarded the world’s first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (CoC) certificate for using African Blackwood in its products.

With the FSC certification, clarinet players will get to buy environmentally and socially sustainable instruments. Hanson Clarinets will be launching the world’s first FSC-certified clarinets by late 2010. The chain of custody links all handlers of FSC-certified African Blackwood, from forest harvesters in Tanzania to instrument manufacturers and retailers in the West, providing consumers with independent verification that the wood used to produce their instruments is tapped from a sustainable source. Alastair Hanson, Co-Founder of Hanson Clarinets, was reported stating that being the world’s first FSC-certified maker of woodwind instruments, they source the required wood responsibly to help preserve the hugely valuable natural resources of the tropical forests that provide the material needed to make clarinets. The world’s first harvest of FSC-certified African Blackwood was carried out in December 2009 in a Village Land Forest Reserve managed by Kikole village, southern Tanzania, under the guidance of the Mpingo Conservation Project. The wood is currently being processed at an FSC-certified sawmill in Tanzania and will be exported to the UK soon.