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Back in September of 2006, Vermont Woods Studios was fortunate to be able to join with a small group of visionary leaders in today's furniture industry in developing the foundation for the Sustainable Furniture Council.  Since then, this non-profit organization has grown rapidly and has tasked itself with
promoting sustainable practices world-wide, among furniture manufacturers, retailers, and
consumers alike.  Members of the SFC pledge their commitment to the following best practices agreement:

We agree with the Sustainable Furniture Council’s beliefs and goals, and
commit to supporting the organization in affecting positive change. We
understand the importance of the triple bottom line profit assessment of
PEOPLE-PLANET-PROFITS representing a healthy balance between social equity,
environmental concerns and local economies.

We seek continual improvement in our products, practices and operations, and
commit to the SFC’s Core Values as summarized:

1. We seek legally-logged wood from vendors who have a verifiable chain of
custody

2. We reduce unsustainable raw resources and known toxic substances in all
phases of our business

3. We recycle in our operations, purchase recycled content and create
recyclable products

4. We reduce and reuse packing/packaging materials and reduce transportation
needs

5. We learn about Life Cycle Analysis as the best measure of a product’s
environmental impact

6. We educate our customers on sustainability and supply them with
meaningful certifications

7. We partner with our employees in making choices for sustainability,
including personal and company energy reductions, paying a Living Wage, and
maintaining high safety standards

8. We contribute to the economic and environmental health of our local and
global communities

This confirms our commitment to advancing sustainable practices throughout
the home furnishings industry.

Prior to making your next furniture purchase, check with your retailer to see if they are members of the SFC.  If not, ask them to join.  The solution starts with each one of us.

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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Here's another insiders tip for leaf peepers visiting Vermont this Fall.  The annual Vermont Wood Design Competition Awards Reception is being held on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Woodstock, Vermont at the
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park's new LEED-certified, "Green" Forest Center (directions).  The reception will feature this year's award-winning handcrafted furniture and wood accessories created by the world-class furniture-makers of Vermont.  Meet and mingle with the artisans. Whether you aim to purchase, commission or just admire their work, this will be an elegant evening to remember.  Live music and refreshments provided.  And don't forget to stop by the  Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival  on Saturday, September 27 & Sunday or September 28,
2008  from 10am to 5 pm at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT while you're here (see previous entry). 
  Vermont Woods Studios will be at both of these woodworking events and we hope you will too.

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.

 Over the last year or so, we've had a significant increase in international inquiries, particularly from Europe and Australia. It's funny…in Vermont, surrounded by the seemingly endless Green Mountain National Forest, we tend to take our hardwoods for granted.  At Vermont Woods Studios, we love to be reminded of this treasure and it's allure to those in distant lands of contrasting flora. 


 

Lyndon-Solid-Wood-Armoire-Granby This week we will begin building a natural cherry armoire and lingerie chest for a customer in The NetherlandsPreviously, we would not have been able to take this order because the cost of shipping would have been prohibitive.  My advice to customers was to plan on purchasing at least $40,000 in furniture in order to make the cost of international shipping worthwhile.  But now with exchange rates being very favorable to international customers, we can take orders as low as $25,000 and still provide customers with the sustainable, hardwood furniture they're seeking at a competitive price, even including shipping and import duties.  If you've been looking for luxury, authentically green furniture we hope you'll stop by our website and browse around.  Customer Service professionals can be reached at 888-390-5571.

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.


GreenBuild is an international conference of the world’s leading green building experts who gather together annually to
share insights on the green building movement and its diverse
specialties, including green furniture.  The Expo has been rapidly gaining steam since it’s debut in 2002 and Vermont Woods Studios is proud to be a part of it this year as it rolls into Boston, November 19-21, 2008.

If you’re going to be in Boston during that time, please consider visiting the Expo to see all the new and exciting progress that industry leaders are making in green energy, landscaping, interior design, furnishings and much more.  Vermont Woods Studios will be featured in a multi-media presentation about Vermont’s unique status as a provider of high-end green furnishings from premium, affordable catalog furniture to ultra-luxury custom artisan works.  We congratulate our artisans and craftspeople for their fine achievements and this extraordinary measure of international recognition.  See you in Boston!

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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Every time I look at our web statistics I’m amazed at how many people from exotic and distant lands manage to find us at VermontWoodsStudios.com and browse through our beautiful handcrafted, sustainable furniture.  Last week we were contacted by
Magdalena Mąka, a journalist in Poland who was working on an article about ultra-luxury gifts for the LuxClub publication.  Magdelena loved our specialty, custom, artisan furniture, especially Steve’s Fabulous Fainting Couch and asked for permission to feature several pieces in the online and print versions of LuxClub this Fall.  We love to see our artisans get international acclaim for their work.  For a small state like Vermont, it’s surprising to see the broad, global reach of our talented furniture-makers.  We applaud them all!
  If you are a journalist and would like to feature our artisans, please feel free to contact us for photos and information.

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.