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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16 Sustainable Gift Ideas for Everyone On Your List (2022)

Last updated on September 2nd, 2022 at 10:23 am

Every year American’s spend billions of dollars buying gifts for their friends, family, and loved ones. With the increasing urgency of climate change, we wanted to highlight some businesses that are working to make the world a more sustainable place- businesses that make great products and have sustainable practices baked into everything that they do. There are plenty of amazing companies to choose from that prioritize sustainable material sourcing, ethical production practices, environmental education, and low waste packaging.

While the gift guide below considers all of these factors, it also focuses on sustainable gift ideas that can help people lead more eco-friendly lifestyles.

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Zero Waste Living: 12 Actionable Tips to Reduce Your Waste

Furniture Waste

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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Food Forest

Last updated on November 7th, 2021 at 07:25 am

An Update on Our “Food Forest” at Stonehurst

Vermonters are serious about growing food! If you’ve ever visited our showroom in Vernon, VT, you may have walked through the wooded trails, gardens, and fruit and berry orchard–what’s been collectively called our “food forest” here at Stonehurst. This time of year, we are busy at work collecting the last of the harvest and processing seeds for next year’s crops.
Did you know that some crops, like garlic, benefit from overwintering in the ground? This week we turned over the garden beds and added an insulating layer of leaves for garlic and shallots. Individual cloves of seed garlic will turn into full heads of garlic by mid-summer, with no maintenance or watering.
garlic and shallot bed
Spacing out garlic and shallots to overwinter in-ground

 

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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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Vermont Furniture Makers: Thinking of Growing Your Business?

Last updated on October 3rd, 2022 at 06:08 pm

Vermont Furniture Makers, there's never been a better time to grow your business.
Vermont Furniture Makers, there’s never been a better time to grow your business. Learn about today’s trends and resources to help you grow. Illustration by Trevor Guido-Williams.

Now is Your Moment!

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Is Palm Oil Bad or Good for the Environment?

Last updated on July 12th, 2021 at 03:14 pm

The palm oil controversy asks why it is bad but is there any good from it either? We take a look at how palm oil affects the environment and communities.

palm oil plantation

An important distinction to make is that the crop itself is not inherently bad for the environment, but rather the way plantations operate. We believe it is important to make that distinction because of our own commitment to sustainable practices. Only reporting that palm oil is bad is a “black and white” mindset that leaves little nuance for the communities trying to change its production.

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Go Paperless: 10 Zero Waste Hacks to Save Paper (and Trees!)

Last updated on June 8th, 2021 at 09:21 am

In 2018, people in the US threw away 18.35 million tons of paper and paperboard. Paper products made up about 12 percent of landfill waste (EPA). But it doesn’t have to be this way… adopt these zero waste hacks to go paperless and reduce your impact!

1) Reuse whatever paper you already have

First things first, reuse before recycling! Those junk mail envelopes you’re planning to toss? Use them for your grocery list. Other paper items you can reuse are shipping mailers and cardboard boxes, paper bags, and documents with printing errors. Make sure you’ve used them until they’re no longer functional before recycling them!

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