Did you know that furniture today, on average is CHEAPER than it was 25
years ago? How can that be when everything else has skyrocketed in
price? Well, over the years the furniture industry has been
transformed from one where most items were crafted legally here in the USA to
the present situation where the vast majority of pieces are made in
China, Indonesia and other third world countries. Consumers may
initially see the low prices as a bonus, however a closer look at the
underlying realities reveals a whole host of undesirable side-effects:
- The world's rainforests are being
decimated at unprecedented rates due in part to illegal clear-cutting to produce
timber for our floors and furniture
- This loss of rainforest accounts
for about 20% of global warming
- Many iconic species that rely on the rainforest for
habitat are quickly heading for extinction, including panda bears,
orangutans, tigers, jaguars, gorillas and many more
- Vast amounts of oil are required to transport the illegal timber from its
origins in tropical rainforests to sawmills in distant lands and then again on
to China for manufacture and yet again to the US for sale
In addition to the environmental issues, there is a huge difference in quality between mass produced, mass marketed imported furniture and that made in the USA. We'll talk about that next time.
At Vermont Woods Studios, all of our furniture is handcrafted from sustainably harvested woods. Most of our wood originates from well managed forests right here in Vermont or in neighboring Northeastern states. When customers do request rainforest woods like mahogany or teak, we make sure they are certified as sustainably harvested, carrying the international gold seal of approval from the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC. You can rest comfortably knowing that both your furniture and the forests where it came from will be around for generations to come.
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.