Why a Furniture Store Cares About Trees & Monarchs

Monarch Conservation at a Sustainable Furniture Store
Today is Arbor Day so I thought we’d share our love of trees with you.  We’re planting at least 2 trees for every customer order in an effort to restore the monarch butterfly’s forested winter habitat in Mexico.

Happy Arbor Day!

If you visit our sustainable furniture store, one of the first things you’ll notice is our commitment to forest conservation.  As wood furniture makers we’re mindful of our impact on nature. In the early days, that meant raising funds for The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees program. Then customers told us they’d like to see sustainable forestry in action & understand where their furniture comes from.  Living in rural Vermont made it possible to relocate the business to a 100 acre woodland where we could actively demonstrate proper forest conservation.

This Sustainable Furniture Store Wants to Change the World

At Vermont Woods Studios we’re nature lovers, idealists, world travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.  We want to help save our state butterfly by restoring it’s habitat- both here in VT and in the Mexican forest where it over-winters. We’ve partnered with the non-profit, Forests for Monarchs FFM to plant at least 2 trees for every customer’s order. So far we’ve planted over 55,000 trees!  Here’s why:

The Environment Is Important To Our Customers

Our customers have many options as to where they buy their furniture.  Often times they tell us that when it comes to the final decision, with all else being equal, they are looking for an environmentally responsible company.  We are trying to live up to that.

Planting Milkweed for Monarchs | Vermont's Sustainable Furniture Store
Mike, Nina & I are planting milkweed to replenish the monarch’s summer habitat and food supply.
Monarchs Over-Wintering in Mexico | Vermont's Sustainable Furniture Store
These monarchs are huddled together in their winter habitat in Mexico. After seeing them in person and meeting the folks at Forests for Monarchs, I agreed to volunteer my time to serve as Vice President of the non-profit.   We’re working to re-plant monarch habitat that’s been destroyed by illegal logging.

Businesses Have a Responsibility to Make the World a Better Place

Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Well, changing the world is a little hard to get our arms around but we can change a little part of it. We think all businesses can.

Help Us Help Monarchs

Plant a tree in the Monarch’s winter habitat or stop by our sustainable furniture store.  We’ll show how you can help keep the monarch butterfly species alive. If you’re not in the neighborhood, check out some of our blogs:

Shop Our Sustainable Furniture Store Today!

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Peggy Farabaugh

Peggy Farabaugh

She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.

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