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It’s Easier to Shop For Eco-Friendly Furniture This Holiday Season Than You Might Think

The effects of climate change are real. You can see it in the flooded streets of Miami or the wildfires in the midwest and west coasts or the droughts across the entire country. It’s undeniable that weather is getting more extreme each year. But, we’re not climate experts. We’re here to let you know there’s a way to positively impact the environment and that’s by purchasing truly eco-friendly furniture.

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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.

Our customers usually come to Vermont Woods Studios with a pretty clear understanding of the benefits of natural, organic, eco-friendly furniture.  They're looking to help protect the environment.  They want to know that the wood used in their furniture has been sustainably harvested from forests that are going to be healthy and intact for many more generations.  Customers are also looking to protect their families from toxic substances in furniture finishes that could off-gas and cause respiratory problems.

But did you know that choosing natural, eco-furniture also reduces your carbon footprint and helps reduce global warming?  It's true. Scientists attribute about 20% of global warming to deforestation, particularly that of tropical rainforests, such as the Amazon.

If you're buying imported wood furniture, chances are it was made from illegally harvested wood that was clear cut from the rainforest.  Because there is such widespread counterfeiting of logging documents, consumers are often unwittingly contributing to global warming and the eventual loss of iconic tree species such as mahogany and teak when purchasing imported furniture. 

 

Natural-eco-furnitureVermont Woods Studios uses only sustainably harvested American wood in the crafting of our furniture.  Much of it comes from our own Green Mountain Forest.  We support the Forest Stewardship Council, the Nature Conservancy and other non-profits working to preserve the rainforest and stop global warming.  When you purchase organic wood furniture from our store you can rest assured that both your furniture and the forest from where it originates will be around for generations to come.

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Prince Charles and a Frog

Check out this video message about rainforest conservation  from Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry, Kermit the Frog,  Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and the Dalai Lama.  Seems I'm not the only one worried about this; one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

Did you know that rainforest destruction accounts for a greater portion of the global warming problem than the entire transportation sector (the combined effect of pollutants from all the cars, boats, trains and planes on the planet)?  Learn more about rainforest conservation and global warming from the Prince by visiting his website, rainforestsos.org.

At Vermont Woods Studios we make sure that the wood we use to build our furniture is harvested sustainably right here in the USA.  Rainforest woods are not used in the making of our furniture.

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Today the congressional bipartisan Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests issued its report highlighting the fact that we cannot win the battle against climate change without protecting the world's forests.  Hmmm.. seems like what we've been saying right here for YEARS.

Read more about it in the commission's report.

Here are a few frightening facts we've put out before that were reiterated by the Commission:

  • 17% of all carbon emissions released into the atmosphere are a result of destruction of the world's forests
  • 50,000 square miles of forest, an area larger than the state of Pennsylvania disappear every year due to forest devastation.

Can you believe that?  How many Pennsylvanias do we have to spare?

As wood furniture makers, we feel responsibility in the area of forest stewardship.  We are contacting our representatives in congress to urge them to read, understand and take action on the findings of the Commission's report.  We hope you will too.

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