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Have you noticed that just about every furniture company out there is selling eco-friendly furniture these days?   I just googled green furniture and got over 42 million results.  And yet we know that over 50% of our wood furniture in the US is imported  (Chinese imports increased over 525% over the last 10 years – ref).  Do you think those imports are eco-friendly?  Not likely.  We've written many times about the illegal and unethical practices that make these cheap imports possible.  

So how can one get an honest, third party evaluation of a so-called eco-friendly furniture company to determine the integrity of their claims?  Try doing some research on the Sustainable Furniture Council Website.  The SFC describes itself as "a non-profit balanced coalition of industry players created to promote sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike with a public tagging program to identify good choices."  Their slogan is "The Solution Starts with You!"


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has over 250 members and each furniture company in the Council is listed on the SFC website.  To be considered for membership, a furniture company must complete a detailed application questionnaire that surveys the company's performance in everything from the extent of reclaimed and recycled resources employed, to the use of electronic versus paper documentation to the treatment and wages of workers.  Strict criteria are required for acceptance into the SFC and each member's answers to the application questionnaire are posted online to promote transparency.  You can find the Vermont Woods Studios application to the SFC here.

We applaud those consumers who take the time to research their furniture purchases at the Sustainable Furniture Council Website. You are a part of the solution to global warming and preservation of the earth's forests… and the endangered animals and peoples who inhabit those forests.  Thanks!

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.

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Natural, Green, American Furniture: who could argue with that, right?  Given similar prices, most people would rather buy this kind of eco-friendly furniture as opposed to foreign imports and here are just a few reasons why:

  • The use of sustainably-harvested, local wood helps preserve our forests and the biodiversity we rely on for our very existence
  • The avoidance of using illegally harvested tropical woods like mahogany and teak helps preserve the world's vanishing rainforests and the endangered species within them  (Twenty percent of global warming is attributed to deforestation).
  • Preservation of the art and tradition of American furniture making is important to us.
  • Preservation of high quality, green, American jobs is important to us.
  • The support for fair treatment of foreign workers, in terms of occupational safety and health and wages is important to us.

I recently read a well-researched series of articles in the Salt Lake Tribune titled, American Imports- Chinese Deaths about how Chinese workers are losing their lives producing goods for America.  Many Chinese workers are dying from cancers and other fatal occupational diseases caused by exposure to benzene, toluene, formaldehyde and more.  These chemicals are present in the paints, varnishes, glues and solvents that are pervasive in low-cost, imported furniture.  Several pages of the series were devoted to discussions of amputation and the loss of life and limb, due to worker exposure to unguarded machinery. 

These are the realities of  imported furniture and the reasons why Vermont Woods Studios customers "bother" to purchase natural, green, American furniture. They're concerned for the health and safety of the people who make our furniture as well as the health of their own families.  And acquiring beautiful, high quality furniture makes them feel good about their choices everytime they sit at the dining table or sleep soundly in their bedroom furniture.  Bravo to those consumers who value the benefits of natural, American made furniture!

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.

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What could be a more perfect Valentine's Gift than the natural, handmade, solid wood bedroom set of her dreams?  Now is the time to surprise your sweetheart with a practical, yet luxurious gift of a lifetime– eco-friendly, natural wood, heirloom quality bedroom furniture.  Have you been planning to invest in a top quality bedroom set for years?  Are you still sleeping on that old waterbed from the sixties?  Well, what are you waiting for?  We're celebrating Valentine's Day with the Bedroom Furniture Sale of the Century and the lowest prices we've ever offered on Vermont's finest handmade beds, dressers, chests, armoires, night stands and more.  Hurry over to Vermont Woods Studios and take advantage of the savings!  They won't last for long.

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.

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What are you planning for Valentine's Day?   No–you can't count on the recession for an excuse to lapse or forget.  Here's a link to World Wildlife Fund's FREE Valentine's email cards to help you out in recognizing all the special green people in your life.

And for those on a more generous budget,you can still surprise the love of your
life with the gift of our ultra luxury Heart-Shaped Valentines Chairs  handcrafted by Steve Holman.
This figured maple chair with velvety red upholstery can be
customized to include your names, date or other creative personal touches. Like
your enduring devotion, these heirloom chairs will be around forever – or at
least for generations!

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.

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If you’re shopping for natural, eco-friendly furniture, be sure to sign up for our Vermont Woods Studios newsletter.  We use this brief publication to periodically alert subscribers to special promotions, discounts and sales.  This month’s Newsletter was about Adding Value and Making our Fine Furniture More Affordable.  We included a $250 discount coupon and highlighted many of the items we currently have on sale.

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.