Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI or FSC)

Environmental preservation is very important to us and we would not be here and continue to be each day if it was not for the helpful hand from nature each day. This is why all our wood is sourced with certification from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) in protecting biodiversity, various species at risk and water quality which are sfi-logo-hr-300x200central efforts to the SFI.

We know many of us these days are becoming more environmentally aware and conscious about the impact their purchase may make on the planet and we are right with you! We have a simple yet important procedure in place which follows; First, we ensure all our manufacturers participate in Sustainable Forest programs (FSC or SFI) which mean that several saplings are planted for each single tree removed to make our sets. Also, we use a water-based treatment on our wood as we prepare it for boxing. The treatment looks great, it is environment-friendly, and is non-toxic.

Promoting sustainable harvest levels with prompt regeneration. Every certificate awarded is subject to third-parties
audit performed by internationally accredited bodies. The SFI is an independent, non-profit organization.

Every five years feedback gathered from landowners, conservations experts, academic groups, landowners and indigenous groups. This process goes into reviewing the standards required to receive certification. Using lumber from SFI compliant forests helps in a small way to promote sustainable forestry. Meaning we all get to enjoy these forests, and your children’s children will as well.

Its legacy shows how we can look after these vital areas better for years to come.

Fiber (Wood) Sourcing Standard

Separating the SFI from the rest the sourcing standards govern how SFI participants procure wood from non-certified forestland. Tackling responsible forestry globally, suppliers must make sure that raw materials in their supply chain come from legal and responsible sources. Primary producers must be third-party audited and certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard

The SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard promotes responsible forestry practices through 14 Principles, 13 Objectives, 21 Performance Measures and 55 Indicators. The document goes into great detail and influences millions of additional landowners as manufacturers increasingly want to use only sustainable materials as customers demand them. There is also additional promotion, educations and outreach work that gives landowners the information to reach the standards required.

Fibre Sourcing Standard Objectives

These are the 13 objectives set out by the SFI. The SFI’s largest achievement was increasing the number of trained professionals delivering wood to the SFI program, this now stands at 95%. Meaning these people now understand sustainable forestry practices and can use their knowledge to improve their forests. This figure was only 35% in 1994.

  1. Biodiversity in Fiber Sourcing
  2. Adherence to Best Management Practices
  3. Use of Qualified Resource and Qualified Logging Professionals
  4. Legal and Regulatory Compliance
  5. Forestry Research, Science and Technology
  6. Training and Education
  7. Community Involvement and Landowner Outreach
  8. Public Land Management Responsibilities
  9. Communications and Public Reporting
  10. Management Review and Continual Improvement
  11. Promote Conservation of Biological Diversity, Biodiversity Hotspots and High-Biodiversity Wilderness Areas
  12. Avoidance of Controversial Sources including Illegal logging
  13. Avoidance of Controversial Sources including Fiber Sourced from Areas without Effective Social Law

 

Below is also an informative fact sheet on the SFI Fibre Sourcing Standard- http://www.sfiprogram.org/files/pdf/fiber-sourcing-standard-fact-sheet/