We are trying to help raise awareness about the importance of sustainable use of the world's forests, particularly the rainforests. Sustainable use means that when we harvest trees we do so in such a way that the forest regenerates in a healthy fashion. We want the forest to have the same richness and biodiversity in 100 years as it does today. And in the case of forests that have already been damaged (most of them) we want to help restore the original character and biodiversity of the forest.
Living in Vermont, we spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the Green Mountain forest, which is one of the main sources of our sustainably harvested wood. Our furniture makers have a deep connection with nature and an understanding of how the harvest of wood affects the health of the forest and indeed the planet. We choose to harvest our wood locally and regionally as that allows us to track the regeneration of the forestlands we draw from (Vermont in fact, is a state where the size of our forestland is growing at a rate that is faster than the harvest rate so that is an important part of sustainable forestry in our area).
We avoid the use of imported woods as they are often illegally clear-cut from the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests. Here are some of the reasons why the rainforest is important to us:
On behalf of large multi-national furniture manufacturers, the global timber trade (known for being riddled with corruption) is feeding the demand for cheap wood furniture and flooring through Illegal clear-cutting of rainforests. It is destroying the habitat of our most iconic forest-dwelling species: tigers, pandas, orangutans (all great ape and big cat species are critically endangered). Up to 90% of furniture in the USA is imported with a good chance it’s made of illegal wood clear cut from the rainforest. Much of this furniture is tagged with counterfiet documentation claiming it is certified green by the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC.
Rainforest conservation (and therefor your wood furniture) is also tied to global warming. Believe it or not, the destruction of rainforests is now responsible for a greater contribution to global warming and climate change than the entire transportation sector. Please join us in avoiding the use of teak, mahogany, rosewood, ipe and other tropical woods in your furniture and flooring. For advice and options on the use of beautiful, sustainably harvested American woods, and American Made Furniture please give us a call.
Learn more about us, our community involvement and our social and environmental mission, including our SaveTheTiger and Plant a Billion Trees campaigns. Also check out our efforts in Rainforest Conservation on our blog.