Vermont Woods Studios, a retailer of Vermont made wood furniture, is committed to the responsible use of forest resources, including the wood used in our furniture. Our commitment to sustainability is baked into everything that we do. We work with the furniture makers who supply us to ensure they avoid wood from unacceptable sources. We encourage them to progressively increase their use of wood from certified and recycled, upcycled and reclaimed sources.
Vermont Woods Studios is firmly committed to avoiding wood from unacceptable sources, including:
Vermont Woods Studios recognizes the Forest Stewardship Council FSC as an important tool to promote responsible forest management. We have a preference for sourcing FSC-certified wood furniture when it meets our requirements.
As a furniture retailer, we source our furniture exclusively from Vermont furniture makers. We work closely with each of these partners to ensure our wood furniture comes from sustainable North American forests.
We do not sell furniture made from tropical wood. We do not sell furniture that contains (non-Canadian) imported wood. Since wood sourcing is known to have some level of imperfection, it seems judicious to avoid promising that 100% of our wood is sustainably sourced, however, that is our goal and to our knowledge it is true.
The wood species we offer are all North American: black cherry, sugar maple, red oak, black walnut and ash. Occasionally, internal framework for our case goods and wooden slats for our beds are made from poplar or another suitable North American wood.
Our wood is sourced as locally as is feasible. Maple and oak wood typically come from Vermont. Much of our black cherry wood is sourced in PA state forests which are certified by the FSC. Ash is harvested as part of ongoing efforts to manage the emerald ash borer. Overall, we estimate that more than 25% of the wood in our furniture is FSC certified or recycled/upcycled/ reclaimed and all of it is harvested from North American forests, which are well maintained and adhere to strict environmental public policies.
Our 2020 goal is to work with our wholesale furniture makers to be able to offer one or more additional FSC certified and/or recycled/reclaimed furniture collections.
We envision a future where the origins of lumber are recorded more transparently and reliably, leveraging blockchain technology to allow independent third party verification and ensure the accuracy of the information.
While we do not order third party audits of our reporting on the implementation of this policy, we are happy to answer any questions you might have about how we are able to trace the sources of the woods used in the furniture we sell.
Sustainability is not new to Vermont. For over 200 years Vermonters have been building quality furniture using sustainably harvested wood and ecologically friendly finishes.
Our goal is to continue this tradition by supporting our partner workshops in continually improving the sustainability of their operations. This includes encouraging them to seek or renew FSC certification and to use recycled/reclaimed wood. In 2020, we have a goal to increase the amount of FSC certified furniture we sell by 2%.
Through this Policy, Vermont Woods Studios seeks to set a positive example for our peers and to do our part to protect the world’s forests. We report on our sustainability progress annually in January. See our blog for highlights from previous years. Full reports are available upon request.
Questions can be directed to our CEO, Peggy Farabaugh via our contact us page.