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.

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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? 

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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.

The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit established to help preserve the world’s rapidly dwindling tropical forests.  Our FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification, through RA and Smartwood serves as their independent seal of approval ensuring that our certified furniture is produced in compliance with strict guidelines protecting the environment, wildlife, workers and local communities.  RA’s many important accomplishments in 2007 include:

  • Conservation of more than 110 million acres of forest including land in Africa and Asia.
  • Inclusion of over 1 million farmers and their families who now benefit from sustainable forestry and farm programs
  • Establishment of new relationships with corporations such as Scholastic Books, who printed the last book in the Harry Potter series on Forest Stewardship Council paper
  • Sourcing of Lipton teas entirely from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, where soil, water and wildlife habitat are protected and workers and their families enjoy decent living and working conditions.

Help RA continue their vital forestry work by asking for FSC certified forest products(from nuts, coffee and bananas to furniture and flooring) wherever you shop.

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.