A number of non-profits offer a way to “Adopt an Acre of Rainforest”.  For a donation of about $50, you help preserve an acre of forest and in return you usually get a personalized certificate with photos of rainforest, and a subscription to Rainforest magazines and/or newsletters.

We’ve contacted a few of these organizations to see if they would be interested in partnering with Vermont Woods Studios. So for example, when a customer refers someone to us and gets a 5% reward for doing that, we’ll give that customer a choice of either keeping the money or donating it to one of 3 or 4 rainforest preservation non-profits. In return, we would ask the non-profits for a link to us on their website and an opportunity to communicate with their members about what we’re doing. What do you think? If you are a member of a rainforest non-profit, would that work for you? Let us know. We’re interested in measuring our success, and tracking the number of acres of rainforest saved seems like a pretty good indicator.

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Help us brainstorm ways to entice you to get onboard The Green Train and help us spread the word about our eco friendly furniture.  If you know people who are shopping for a new dining table & Chairs or bed or media center, we want you to send them to our website. And we want to reward you for that. So let us know what it would take. Currrently we offer a 5% reward to customers who refer their friends to us and we're extending that to you too. So for example, if you refer a friend and that person purchases $5000 in furniture, you receive a check for $250. The cool thing is that you can either take the cash or donate it to one of a number of non-profits that are working to save the rainforest.  Tell us what you think about it and tell us what else we can do to get you on board The Green Train!  The clock is ticking…there's no time to lose.

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Well, first we are careful to ensure that all of Vermont Woods Studios fine furniture is made from sustainably harvested wood. For the most part, we source our wood locally from people we know personally and who adhere to strict environmental laws, policies and guidelines. When a customer requests a tropical wood like mahogany or teak, we ensure it is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC is considered the international “Gold Standard” for responsible forestry management and we achieved FSC certification for Vermont Woods Studios in Feb, 2007. We are very careful to use only FSC certified rainforest woods when we us them at all.

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Cherry_hutch_buffetvws And that’s how Vermont Woods Studios was born.  Living in Vermont, the fine furniture capital of the world, we saw not just an opportunity, but an imperative to use the elegant, natural furniture produced in our state as a vehicle to help educate consumers about the forest, it’s inhabitants, it’s importance, it’s vulnerability to destruction, and the impact that will have on global warming. And that’s the whole point of this blog. To start a conversation with you and your friends and anyone else you might be willing to reach out and invite to the table—about how we can help change the world by changing the way you think about, and purchase your 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.

Well, there’s plenty of blame to go around for industries like timber, soy, beef, fertilizer, pesticide and so on.  Those industries need to get going and get on The Green Train too!  And as the highest value-added industry, The Furniture Industry Needs to Step up and Change the Way it Sources Product.  Here’s why:


  1. Much of the clear-cutting of the rainforest is done to produce timber for furniture and flooring. Incredibly, up to 90% of today’s imported furniture-grade wood is illegally harvested, from the rainforest. Look around your house. If you have mahogany or teak furniture that is not certified as sustainably harvested by a third party non-profit such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) it’s a good bet that furniture came from clear-cutting the rainforest.
  2. China has taken over about a third of the world trade in furniture over just the last 8 years, making it the leading importer of timber from tropical rainforests. Logging practices that supply the timber are typically illegal and labor conditions are deplorable. Again, chances are if you’ve purchased furniture in the last 10 years, it was made in China of illegal wood that may have come from as far away as the Amazon in South America. Peter Goodman and Peter Finn of the Washington Post did an informative article on the shocking state of corruption and illegal logging in China and elsewhere.  Read it, then get on board The Green Train!

Vermont Woods Studios Sustainable 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.