Softwood furniture: sustainable and environmentally responsible products
In these times of great upheavals affecting climate and biodiversity, consumers need more than ever to be aware of the impact of their choices on the environment. Public institutions and businesses have already begun a shift in this direction, and environmentally responsible practices are increasingly part of our way of life. We must now move to the next level. Everyone must take on increased moral responsibility, by learning about the environmental footprint of the products they consume according to their life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to the destruction of products at the end of life, through the manufacturing, packaging and transportation stages.
To adopt environmentally responsible practices, it is not necessary to stop consuming, but to do so by minimizing the pressure of our choices on the environment. In doing so, we can positively influence our surroundings and thus contribute to the ongoing social and cultural change, which will allow future generations to enjoy environmental conditions comparable to those we can still enjoy today.
Among the highly publicized environmental issues of today, the forest is an important part of social concerns. The use of wood is also a matter of great concern to consumers. From now on, major buyers of lumber demand that these timber come from forests whose management respects recognized principles of sustainable development. Note the SFI and FSC certification standards, which are very rigorous and widely accepted references today. While this certification of our forests can satisfy consumers expectations of how forests are managed, these consumers can use wood proudly and with the feeling that this material is now one of the most interesting solutions for environmentally responsible consumption.
Throughout their growth, which can extend beyond 100 years, trees sequester large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. Once these trees are harvested and converted into lumber, carbon remains sequestered in the wood until it is destroyed by decomposition or fire. Forest harvesting, on the other hand, contributes to a more rapid renewal of the forest, thus increasing the rate of atmospheric carbon sequestration. The use of wood rather than other materials, therefore, helps to reduce the amount of atmospheric carbon that is partly responsible for global warming.
Proudly use wood in construction and in your furniture, this will reveal your ecological sense and your very good taste. Don’t just hide it in the walls of your house, put it in your furniture. Also choose companies that share the same concerns about the environment, companies that minimize losses of raw materials and transportation and energy costs, produce locally and ensure that sustainable development principles are adhered to throughout the production and shipping chain and use only recyclable packaging products.The Forêt Nordique furniture meets these criteria and more. Before you send us your order, do not hesitate to check in more detail how we produce our furniture. We will be pleased to respond to your concerns and make improvements as required.