Buying Wood Products
When it comes time to purchase furniture or cabinetry for the home, there are endless options out there. Between styles, finishes, materials and more, choosing these products can take some time and research. You want products that not only look good, but are good for your home and the environment. It’s important to have all the facts when choosing the right materials and products to go into your home.
Wood products are an environmentally friendly choice for a number of reasons. They are recyclable, biodegradable and uses less energy to process than metals and plastic. Wood is also a naturally renewable resource, meaning new trees will grow in place of those that have already been harvested. In addition to renewing themselves, new trees are often planted to help the forest thrive.
Now more than ever we can use wood products without the fear of diminishing wood supply or forest prosperity. The reason being that many forests are harvested using sustainable forest practiceswhich assure the forests remain healthy. By purchasing wood and wood products supplied by a recognized sustainable forestry program you will be ensuring the health of the environment and your family. Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or other creditable labels on your wood products.
Other Sustainable Forestry Management Systems:
- American Tree Farm System
- Canadian Standards Association
- Pan European Forest Certification Council
- International Tropical Timber Organization
- ISO 14000 Environmental Management Series
(1) American Forest and Paper Association
(2) Home Depot EcoOptions