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Protecting Forests and Minimizing Wood Products

When picking wood products, make sure it is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
By Natural Home Staff
March/April 2004
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The FSC logo guarantees that a product is from a well-managed forest. FSC Tradmark© Forest Stewardship Council A.C.
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While all wood products, including paper, should be conserved, there are ways to lessen their impact on forests. That’s where Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) steps in.

What it is: A nonprofit organization that encourages responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC’s high standards ensure forestry is environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable.

What the label means: Wood products that carry FSC certification have been sourced from a forest where trees are sustainably harvested, ecosystems and biological diversity conserved, and threatened or endangered species protected. Sustainable logging advances the economic and social well-being of forest workers and local communities.

What to do: Ask for the FSC label when purchasing wood or paper products.

Where to shop: Home Depot, Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers and Kinko’s, as well as many other retailers.








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