Everyone Can Help Ukraine

Last updated on March 11th, 2022 at 10:15 am

What Can One Person (or One Small State or One Small Business) Do?

Like you, our team at VWS is watching in horror as events unfold during Russia’s war on Ukraine. We are compelled to try to do something to help. In the face of such an existential threat it’s hard to imagine what we can do that would make a difference. But if everyone does something, no matter how small, it will add up. Read More

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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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Vermont Magazine Features VWS

Vermont Magazine Article about Vermont Woods Studios
Vermont Magazine’s article features our furniture store & Stonehurst showroom in Vernon, VT. Come see us. Bring your snowshoes.

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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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4 High Quality Glass Top Dining Tables Made in USA

Last updated on March 7th, 2022 at 05:26 pm

Exeter Glass Top Dining Table with Walnut Wood Base and Chairs by Copeland Furniture
Pictured here as part of the complete Exeter Dining Set, Copeland’s Glass Top Rectangular Dining Table with a walnut base. Made in Vermont and guaranteed for life. Qualifying orders ship free!
“Every lesson I learned as a kid was at the dinner table. It is where we laughed, cried, and yelled – but most importantly, where we bonded and connected.” – Michael Symon (American chef)

A dining table is one of the most important pieces of furniture in any home. It’s where you gather and feast with family. Sit and sort though mail. Laugh. Cry. And the longer you have a table, the more memories it accumulates.

If you’re looking for a new dining table, you’ve come to the right place. All our dining tables are made in America and guaranteed to last a lifetime. Although most of our tables are built with solid wood, glass top dining tables have become an increasingly popular choice. They’re great at making a space feel bigger than it is, and the glass top is easy to care for and easy to clean.

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2021 Year in Review

Last updated on January 7th, 2022 at 04:21 pm

It’s that time of year again! Every year, we do a post detailing some of the important milestones, accomplishments, and projects we’ve completed here at Vermont Woods Studios. So without further ado…

The VWS Green Team
Nina took this picture of the VWS Green Team, including our new mates, Alex and Katrina. From left: Ken Farabaugh, Alexandra Chisholm, Michelle Rooks, Peggy Farabaugh, Sean Henry, Dennis Shanoff, Greg Augustine, Nina Markiw, Kelli Dobosz, Katrina Moore and Brian Doherty.

We Grew Our Team

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Plant Trees with Us

Last updated on December 13th, 2021 at 12:07 pm

Plant Trees | Forest Conservation and Restoration is our mission at Vermont Woods Studios

Why Plant Trees?

In 2005 Ken and I founded VWS  to be a force for change in the area of forest and wildlife conservation. I grew up spending a lot of time outside in nature, always on the look out for anything that moved. In the evenings I’d be reading National Geographic or watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on TV. My dream was to do something to help protect wildlife.  Later on, after learning that 80% of the world’s land animals live in the woods, forest conservation and planting trees became my passion. Read More

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Triple Bottom Line Sustainability: People, Planet, & Profits

Last updated on December 13th, 2021 at 12:04 pm

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 (2021)

Last updated on December 6th, 2021 at 04:21 pm

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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Our 2021 Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale Schedule

Last updated on November 12th, 2021 at 11:02 am

Black Friday Furniture Sale
Our biggest savings of the year! Get 20% off storewide during our Black Friday | Small Business Saturday | Cyber Monday sale. Excludes all home decor, outdoor furniture, artisan furniture, clearance items, and Copeland collections. $2,000 minimum to qualify. Sale ends Thursday, December 16th at 11:59pm EST. See additional details.

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