American furniture

Are you spending more time at home these days and less time going out? If you're burrowing in for the winter, maybe now is the time to curl up on the couch, take a look at the furniture in your nest and think about where it actually came from.  See how well it meets this totally biased, arbitrary and unscientific test.

If your furniture is:                                                                                   Give Yourself

  1. Made in America:                                                                                 10 points
  2. Made of local woods and materials:                                                      30 points
  3. Handmade by local craftspeople:                                                          40 points
  4. Has non-toxic finish:                                                                               5 points
  5. Made of sustainably harvested woods and/or other organic materials:    10 points
  6. Imported from China, Vietnam, India or other third world countries:    -100 points
  7. Made from illegally harvested rainforest woods like mahogany, teak:    -100 points

What was your score?  It's hard to even know because chances are there is nothing on the furniture to provide this information.  It's a good bet, however that if you didn't go out of your way to buy American and you don't know where it came from, your furniture is probably imported, made from illegally harvested rainforest wood and crafted by slave laborers making pennies per hour.

We're trying to encourage consumers to buy American furniture, that's handcrafted here in the USA from local sustainably harvested woods, by people making a livable wage.  Oddly enough, the price is roughly the same either way. 

Check out our American made furniture at Vermont Woods Studios and compare.

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.

Mono Titi
As wood furniture makers, we know that in order to keep our craft alive, we've got to be active participants in sustainable forestry.   We support non-profit groups like The Vermont Center for EcoStudios that work in conserving Vermont's forests and wildlife.   We're also concerned with rainforest conservation which is a major part of our mission at Vermont Woods Studios

Soon we'll be working with the Eco Preservation Society, a non-profit dedicated to wildlife conservation and reforestation in Costa Rica and elsewhere around the globe. 

We're excited about this partnership and will write more in the following days.   Eco Preservation Society shares our passion for conservation, education and reforestation.  We admire the work they're doing and are looking forward to visiting and volunteering at one of their research and reforestation projects in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. 

These are Costa Rican squirrel monkeys or mono titi.  They are highly endangered due to habitat destruction and the Eco Preservation Society is trying to save the species.  We'll be volunteering on the project and will write about it when we're down there.  Stay tuned!

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.

Sustainable Furniture Council

It's been about three years since we at Vermont Woods Studios joined a handful of other green furniture companies to initiate the development of a non-profit, standard-setting group called the Sustainable Furniture Council, SFC. 

Since that day, what a success story the SFC has been in educating members and consumers about the characteristics and benefits of green, eco-friendly, environmentally safe furniture.

SFC's latest brainchild is the DesigninGreen Leadership team which consists of pre-eminent designers like Kathy Ireland, Alexander Julian, Vladimir Kagan and Tom Felicia (from Dress My Nest).  Find more about this sustainable furniture project at the SFC website.

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.