What is “Sustainability?”
When specifically looking at the timber industry, sustainability focuses on whether or not the wood is sourced in a responsible manner that takes into account the health and preservation of the forest. For example, if trees are regularly cut down without counteracting the loss and promoting new growth, the forest would be destroyed. This would be considered an unsustainable and harmful practice.
Why Does Sustainability Matter?
Without responsible sourcing and manufacturing practices, we will continue to hurt our planet. It is truly that simple.
There is no perfect business model but every effort made and every action taken is a step in the right direction.
By discussing sustainability and implementing practices that consider environmental consequences, our forests can be richer and even more plentiful.
Supporting the Sustainable Timber Industry
Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI) certifies wood to their strict sustainability standards. One of their requirements is adequate regrowth.
Their website states: “Appalachian Hardwood Verified Sustainable assures consumers that lumber and products sourced from the region are growing 2.4 times the rate of harvest and mortality combined. This is based on US Forest Service Forest Inventory Analysis.”
All of the maple and poplar found in our furniture pieces has been certified sustainable by AHMI.
Savvy Rest also supports American Forests, the nation’s oldest nonprofit conservation organization. For every purchase made, five trees are planted through the American ReLeaf program. This program focuses on restoration, a key component of sustainability.