The whereas section of a document provides the reasons for its existence. So here are the facts that compelled the birth of Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture Store. It’s all about helping to: save the Rainforest and fight global warming. And we need to act quickly.
Whereas:

  1. 54 of the world’s 193 countries have lost 90 percent or more of their forest cover. Rainforests that once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface now cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
  2. 1.5 acres of rainforest are lost every second (that equates to 50 million acres a year: an area the size of England, Wales and Scotland combined)
  3. Nearly half of the world’s species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next 25 years due to rainforest deforestation.
  4. We are losing approximately 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day      due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year.
  5. As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.
  6. Most rainforests are cleared by chainsaws, bulldozers and fires for its timber value and then are followed by farming and ranching operations
  7. There were an estimated ten million Indians living in the Amazonian Rainforest five centuries ago. Today there are less than 200,000.
  8. In Brazil alone, European colonists have destroyed more than 90 indigenous tribes since the 1900’s. With them have gone centuries of accumulated knowledge of the medicinal value of rainforest species. As their homelands continue to be destroyed by deforestation, rainforest peoples are also disappearing.
  9. In Indonesia, the current aggressive rate of logging could eradicate native forests within only 10 years. Unlike our temperate forests in Vermont for example, rainforests do not regenerate after they are destroyed. Once gone, they are gone forever and along with them the wonderful diversity of plants and wildlife that inhabit them.

If you’ve managed to read this far, I KNOW this stuff bothers you as much as me.  Time to get on The Green Train!  Keep reading for more info and ways to help.

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For years I’ve been asking myself: so what are you doing about global warming?  And the fact that every species of big cat (lions, tigers, jaguars, cheetas, leopards…) and every species of sea turtle and every species of great apes, and so on, is endangered? 

 

These are issues I can’t just turn away from.  Don’t you hate it when people just ignore this stuff and act like there’s nothing they can do about it.  We CAN do something about it and we must.  This is the reason for  the manifesto and the foundation of Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture. I'll draft the manifesto up right here on my blog.  How else will I find time to do it?  Chime in with your comments and suggestions.  We’re going to come up with something brilliant that changes the way people think about their furniture! 

 

Think about this.  We’re out there ravenously gobbling up cheap, curbside furniture (stuff that will be on the curb in 5 years) at big box stores, all the while not knowing that our consumer habits are leading to the destruction of the rainforest, extinction of the most biologically diverse pristine places on the planet, and exacerbation of global warming.  If people knew that their furniture choices had these consequences, would they instead begin to purchase things that were made from sustainably and legally harvested wood.  Things that would last for many generations rather than many months?  I think so. 

 

So that's our mission…to show people how powerful they are as consumers…especially through the purchase of sustainable furniture, but also by adopting a green attitude toward all their purchases.

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.

Treebark1 I’ve been trying to find a better way to share our vision and mission for Vermont Woods Studios Furniture and also wanting to let you know how we’re doing at meeting the goals we’ve set in order to achieve our vision. I’m thinking of writing a manifesto

I’ve written previously about how and why we conceived this business, about our green mission and about the artisans that craft our beautiful furniture.  What we're up to is so exciting and so important!  But with all the demands of a start up company that bear down on the very few individuals that make it all work, the excitement can sometimes get a little lost in the day to day madness. I want to have one document, one place where we can tell the world (and remind ourselves) what we’re all about and how we plan to use our furniture business to help solve urgent environmental problems like global warming, rainforest destruction and species extinction. A manifesto seems to be the instrument to do that. What do you think? 

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.

This morning at Vermont Woods Studios I’m sitting here ever-so-comfortably in a gorgeous Bolivian cherry rocking chair, sipping tea, and marveling at the recent snow and the way it dusted the evergreens on the hillside. We’ve had many snowstorms in Vermont this winter and this is the time of year when I begin to think about – but not yet long for – spring, which in Vermont is still months away.

 

We’d hoped to be introducing a new line of outdoor furniture this spring, but given the current instability in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) market, we’re going to focus instead on making our indoor furniture with locally harvested wood. 

 

The issue with outdoor furniture is that in order to have truly long lasting performance, the wood must be dense and disease, rot and mildew resistant. This usually means a tropical wood like teak or mahogany, both of which are becoming endangered due to clear-cutting of the rainforests. FSC does a great job in authenticating responsibly harvested wood, through their certification program which enables us to authenticate and have detailed knowledge of the chain of custody of our wood– from the landowners to the foresters, to the loggers, the sawmills and the furniture makers.  With tropical woods it’s important to verify that each link in the chain is certified as environmentally sound and sustainable. Otherwise, it’s a very good bet that the wood has been logged illegally.

 

I’ll keep you posted on the FSC market. At Vermont Woods Studios we look forward to offering a line of outdoor furniture asap that meets our criteria for beauty and quality while supporting our passion to save the world’s endangered rainforests.

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What a wonderful person it was who put this slide show together in tune to Willie Nelson's version of one of my very favorite songs.  I hope you'll take a few minutes out of your busy day to slow down and enjoy some of the simple pleasures of our wonderful world.

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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.