FSC Certified Furniture: What Does It Mean & Where to Buy?

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Over the past several years, as consumers have become more conscious of the impact their purchases can have on the world, third party certifications like Fair Trade and B Corporations have sprung up to help audit the supply chain and business practices of companies around the world. In the global wood furniture and flooring industry, the most well-known third party certification for eco friendly furniture is managed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Many people stumble upon the FSC certification while looking for sustainable wood furniture. In this article, we explain what it means to be FSC Certified, why it’s not the gold standard it’s perceived to be, and what to look for instead.

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Sustainable Furniture Buying Tips: 5 Questions You Should Be Asking

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Our Skyline Panel Bed in Cherry with Walnut accents.

Being a sustainable company may be trendy now, but how do you know if what you’re buying is truly sustainable?

Our company was founded with the mission to save the rainforest. We are a wood furniture company that uses only sustainably harvested wood from North America. It’s been 17 years and we still guarantee that. Now it seems big name brands and celebrities are making claims of sustainability when they put their names on home goods. With so many products and brands now claiming sustainable practices, it may be hard to tell if the products you’re using really are eco-friendly.

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Forging a Future for Our Forests

From the beginning, we wanted to make Vermont Woods Studios part of the solution to climate change and deforestation. Since 2005, we have been encouraging consumers to understand where their furniture comes from and offering a more sustainable option.

Throughout our company’s history, we’ve always supported environmental nonprofits, but we wanted to develop a partnership where we could more clearly see how our dollars were being spent and maximize the impact of our donations.

Over the last several years, we’ve developed a strong partnership with La Cruz Habitat Protection Program (LCHPP, aka “Forests for Monarchs”), a small organization started by Jose Luis Alvarez in Michoacán, Mexico. Since their start in 1997, they’ve planted over 10 million trees.

Many non-profits offer to plant 1 tree for every dollar donated, but through our direct partnership with Forests for Monarchs, we’re able to plant two trees for every dollar. That’s twice as many trees!

Learn more about our commitment to sustainability. If you’d like, join us and experience our forest and wildlife habitat restoration activities in person. Here’s how: Plant Trees with Us.

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Sustainable Furniture: Facts for Wildlife Lovers

Sustainable Furniture Facts For Wildlife Lovers
The percentages on this map represent decreases in wildlife populations since 1970. Globally, the average drop in numbers of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles was 68%. What does this have to do with sustainable furniture, you ask?  Read on.  Ref: WWF Living Planet Report 2020.

Wood Furniture’s Journey to Your Home Starts in a Forest

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Triple Bottom Line Sustainability: People, Planet, & Prosperity

Last updated on July 2nd, 2022 at 10:24 am

Triple Bottom Line Sustainability: People, Planet, and Profits

The triple bottom line (“TBL” or “3BL”) is a framework that suggests that businesses should not only evaluate their success based on how much profit they’ve generated, but also based on how much impact they have on social and environmental causes.  The term was coined in the 90’s by John Elkington, a British business consultant and sustainability evangelist.

At Vermont Woods Studios, we have long been committed to sustainability. Much of the furniture sold in the U.S. today is imported from overseas and built with questionably sourced materials. The global timber trade driven by wood furniture and flooring is run by organized crime and has contributed to worldwide deforestation, especially in critical parts of the world like the Amazon and Borneo Rainforests. Since inception, we’ve been trying to raise awareness about the problems in this global supply chain and how it all contributes to climate change, human rights violations, species extinction, and more.

Our mission from the start was to decrease the demand for imported furniture by offering an alternative that was made in America with sustainable materials and built to last a lifetime. As we’ve grown our business, we’ve doubled down on our commitment to sustainability. We source all our materials responsibly, our products are made in the USA and built to last a lifetime, we work with non profit partners to combat climate change, and we steward a sustainably managed 109 acre working forest at our headquarters in Vermont.

So we thought we were doing pretty well. Then in 2020, our sustainability consultants Alex and Marina at Waste Free Earth introduced us to the concept of triple bottom line sustainability.

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Zero Waste Living: 12 Actionable Tips to Reduce Your Waste

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One of the most impactful things you can do to fight against climate change is reducing your waste. Waste comes in all forms from food to plastic packaging to fast furniture and everything in between. Waste is a problem not just because of the pollution it can cause to the environment, but also because of the energy and materials it takes to produce commonly discarded products. By decreasing your own waste, you are helping to reduce the demand for wasteful products and decrease the amount of pollution put into our oceans and our atmosphere.

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9 Species Going Extinct Due to Habitat Destruction & Deforestation

Last updated on September 27th, 2021 at 09:26 am

Aerial view of deforestation

When an environment is incapable of supporting native species due to factors like deforestation and illegal logging, animal populations lose their habitats. This habitat destruction leads to species’ homes being uprooted, their food supply diminished, population reproduction decreases, and ultimately the animals have nowhere to turn. Because of all these factors, more species are added to the endangered species list every year.

As part of our mission here at Vermont Woods Studios, a portion of our profits is used to conserve forests, plant trees, and save endangered species from going extinct due to habitat destruction.

Here are some of the most iconic animal species being threatened by global deforestation:

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How to Improve Your Memory, Health & Happiness

Last updated on January 14th, 2022 at 10:40 am

Trees have been scientifically shown to improve health, wealth and happiness
Trees have been scientifically shown to improve health, wealth and happiness. Who knew? Check out the scientific studies below that make it official.

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10 Quotes About Deforestation That Will Inspire You To Create Change

Last updated on April 21st, 2021 at 03:59 pm

Logs lay on the forest floor. Image from Unsplash
Forests, rich in biodiversity, thick in oxygen, and natural filters of greenhouse gases (GHG) like carbon dioxide. In one year, one single tree sequesters 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turns it into oxygen. The amount of oxygen that is released through this process every year, is roughly 260 pounds per tree.

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