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What does it mean when a product, like decking or outdoor patio furniture, is referred to or labeled as FSC Certified? The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), is a non-profit organization that sets certain high standards to make sure that forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner. If a product, like a piece of tropical hardwood patio furniture, is labeled as “FSC Certified,” it means that the wood used in the product and the manufacturer that made it met the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council.
The FSC certification is considered the “gold standard” designation for wood harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially beneficial, environmentally conscious, and economically viable.
The United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) reports that its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED program certifies 1.6 million square feet of building space every day. Currently, about 9 billion square feet of building space is participating in the LEED program.
Why You Should Consider FSC-Certified Furniture
Forests cover 30% of global land area, according to the FSC. Consumers who want to go green at home and in their landscaping should consider buying sustainable garden furniture and products. The United States is the world’s largest importer of tropical wooden furniture from timber-producing countries. Of those imports, garden furniture represents approximately one-fifth of the wooden furniture market. U.S. imports of all tropical wood products have increased over the past couple of decades. Formerly rich forests in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brazil, are being depleted at an unprecedented rate.
A major cause of deforestation is the legal an...Read All