Rainforest Conservation, Tigers and Toilet Paper

Tiger Conservation | Boycott Livi and Paseo Toilet Paper | Stop Deforestation in Sumatra
Vermont Woods supports the World Wildlife Fund in their efforts to save tiger habitat in the Sumatran rainforest.  Each sale of Vermont made furniture plants one tree to help reforest the planet through The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees project.

Vermont Woods Studios was born out of our passion for rainforest conservation.  I remember when we were getting started back in 2005 we came up with a manifesto that explained the connection between wood furniture, rainforest conservation and global warming (in retrospect it looks a little too emotional, but at least I can say that it was spoken from the heart).  Anyway, seven years later our passion for conservation has turned into a growing sustainable furniture business where each sale is used to help reforest the planet through The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees project.

I realize most people see topics like rainforest conservation as  boring but the truth is that our favorite iconic species like tigers, lions, pandas and gorillas all make their homes in the forest and all are critically endangered.  With rainforest destruction proceeding at the rate of 1 acre/second (every minute of every hour of every day) there’s not much time left for these species unless we take action.

We use this blog occasionally to raise awareness about where your furniture comes from and how that affects your favorite creatures of the forest.  Buy imported furniture and there’s a good chance it’s made from rare woods that have been clear-cut from the rainforest.  Buy American made furniture and it’s probably made from American wood that’s been harvested sustainably.  There are other things you can do to help save tigers and the rainforest.  When buying coffee, nuts, rubber, paper or any type of forest product, check to see if it’s been produced sustainably.

Here’s an example of how you can make a difference.  It’s a project by the World Wildlife Fund where consumers are boycotting Paseo and Livy toilet paper which are made by clear-cutting ancient, old growth trees in primary rainforests of Sumatra.  The boycott is working and as a result WWF is able to help conserve Sumatra’s rare tigers and orangutans.  Check out WWF’s website and see what you can do to lend a hand with this important project.

And if you love tigers as much as we do, learn more about how homeowners can help Save the Tiger on our website.

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Trend Alert: What is Green Interior Design?

What is Sustainable Interior Design

 

Interior design is not a new concept. For decades, people have been making a living by creating works of art with furniture and accessories as their palette and empty rooms as their canvas. It is probably not a surprise that fashioning the perfect design for the inside of your home is crucial to how you feel and react in your environment. Interior design is all about aesthetics. It’s about taking items that are visually appealing and combining them with your personality to create something unique and personal to you.

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Today Is Earth Day – Plant A Tree To Celebrate

We're big tree lovers here at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture. Yes, we rely on them as natural resources for your furniture but also– Vermonters just have a very personal connection to the forest.  Stewardship and sustainability are a part of us.

I happened to catch a great show on PBS the other night called Return to the Forest Where We Live.  It focused on our country's urban forests and the vital role they play in the economic health of our cities.  Would you believe that about 2400 acres/day are being converted from rural to urban land use in America?  Joni Mitchell said this decades ago:  when you cut down trees to put up parking lots you end up with trouble. 

Now we know that among other problems, deforestation increases the temperature of these formerly rural cities by anywhere from five to ten degrees. And that hot temperature really does have a negative impact.  It lowers air quality because hot trees are less healthy and unable to scrub the air of CO2 and pollutants effectively.

Loss of trees in cities also causes flooding, erosion, runoff and water pollution.

Scientist can now quantify the economic benefits of trees in urban areas.  City planners are seeing the hard financial facts about the role of green spaces in reducing air pollution, erosion, summer temperatures, storm water problems and smog.  They are fighting for budgets to increase urban forests and trees and showing the enormous savings associated with the planting and management of trees.  In fact, six million trees provide about $64 million worth of benefits every year.  Where else are you going to get a better than 10:1 return on investment?

Trees can make a big difference to the quality of lives in urban areas. They modify the microclimate of our environments, they clean our air, they reduce flooding and rainfall runoff, they protect our soil from erosion. They just contribute to the quality of our environment, and the quality of our life in many, many ways.

So anyway, I just loved this Tree show on Louisiana PBS and I'm going to celebrate Earth Day by planting a tree.  You can do so too.  If it's not easy to plant one yourself, you can have The Nature Conservancy plant one for you.  They'll do it for $1/tree as part of their Plant A Billion Trees Campaign.

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Keep Vermont Clean and Green

Thanks in part to a number of Vermont Woods Studios readers who sent emails and letters, a Vermont state legislative committee unanimously rejected a proposal to open up state-owned lands to ATVs.  Currently, all state lands in Vermont — nearly 350,000 acres — are closed to the destructive vehicles, a fact that was somehow overlooked by the Agency of Natural Resources that decided to approve an ATV expansion. It was not overlooked by the public, which commented 4-to-1 to keep the ban in place. Nearly 2,000 comments were sent in on the plan.

Unfortunately, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas says his administration will overrule the committee's decision and give ATVs access to state parks, forests and wetlands regardless of the public's wishes.

So we still have more feedback to give.  Whether you live in Vermont or not, please contact Governor Jim Douglas and respectfully ask him to keep ATV's out of state forests.  It takes only 60 seconds to send a message to the Governor.  Thanks!

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