Certified Sustainable Wood, Lumber and Bamboo Sources
Wood is an ecologically complex material; it is a renewable resource yet the improper cultivation and harvesting of it can devastate forest habitats and forest species. Wood from old-growth (never previously harvested) forests should be avoided. Designers should specify wood that is regulated by a recognized sustainable certifier. Tropical forests are especially vulnerable to species extinction so tropical woods should be avoided unless certified by a recognized sustainable certifier.
The Resource Conservation Alliance explores reasons to reduce wood consumption and use alternative bio-materials.
The World Rainforest Movement is an international network defending rainforests by securing the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples and supporting their efforts to defend the forests from commercial logging, dams, mining and plantations. WRM criticized plans of the World Bank, FAO and FSC certification programs.
The FSC sets standards on sustainable forest management. Their site provides information on standards and policies, certifiers and certified lumber companies. The FSC is not completely free from conflicts, but it is the most widely accepted sustainable wood certification system.
The Green Pages Online is a directory with over 25,000 products from 2,000 companies in the U.S. You can search under lumber/wood products for certified sustainable wood products.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine provides information on FSC-certified consulting foresters, retailers, wood processing companies and FSC-certified wood. It includes a consumer information guide to green buying.
Forest World Group is a Delaware company selling FSC certified tropical wood products. Details of the tropical wood veneer and hardwood decking that they sell are available.
The website for Rainforest Alliance certifies farms, forestry and tourism operations according to standards for balancing environmental, social and economic considerations. This site includes information on SmartWood, a Vermont FSC wood certifier.
Vintage Timberworks in California supplies recycled seasoned old growth lumber, beams, timbers, and antique flooring reclaimed from the dismantling of antiquated structures.
Canadian Eco-lumber Co-op promotes eco certified wood.
This brief but informative synopsis of old growth vs. sustainability also lists woods to avoid and companies selling sustainable lumber.
Good places to find information on international sources of FSC-certified sustainable wood.
This Wisconsin source gives contact information and resources for getting involved in sustainable lumber.
Contains a search engine for certified wood products (CSA or FSC), which allows you to search for any wood product using the common or scientific name and supplier location.
This is a sight for a company which sells FSC-certified flooring. They are based in California, but can ship anywhere. There is also a search engine for dealers in your area.
Endurawood is a Portland, OR company selling FSC-certified lumber, flooring, and sheet goods.
Collinswood sells FSC-certified softwood and hardwood lumber, siding, trim, and particleboard.
This site from the Natural Resources Council of Maine contains a list of FSC-certified retailers in Maine, as well as FSC-certified Wood Processing Companies, Forests, and Consulting Foresters.
http://www.forestworld.com/index.cfmForest World Group is a “US-based importing and distribution company committed to buying tropical wood products from certified, sustainably managed forests” selling hardwood decking, piling and tropical veneers.
This group is based in California and offers a variety of certified plywood. Online ordering is not possible, but contact information is listed.
This site contains an extensive directory of FSC-certified products and sustainability links from North America. There are a number of educational sites as well as sources of sustainable wood.
This is a source of certified lumber in the EU, including Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Austria.
This retail store in Olympia, WA sells certified wood products. While a complete product list was unavailable online, this site contains a search engine for products and contact information.
List of companies around the Great Lakes who deal FSC-certified wood. Each entry has a link to the company, with products and species listed next to the link.
This site provide what is FSC (the Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood material and where can one find them.
A site provides comparison between the FSC and the SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative), and enlisted support companies and stores that sell FSC-certified or reclaimed wood.
Greenchoice shows the situation of forest certification in China.
Metafore provides objective information and location of certified forest and wood.
Naturally Durable describes certified wood and provides information on forest management, tree harvesting and regeneration.
Bamboo central promotes the use of bamboo, and presents in details of its benefits with charts, and demonstration of how bamboo are used in temporary house building.
Certified Bamboo shows the benefits of bamboo fabric as clothing.
Lewis Bamboo provides basic but useful information about various species and ways of growing bamboo.
Plyboo provide information about various types of processed certified bamboo products.
An online ppt. course designed to learn you a one AIA/CES learning unit is available in the following webpage: http://continuingeducation.construction.com/crs.php?L=150&C=479
Goodforests provide information about the latest development of forest certification.
Hardwoods Inc. offers argues that production of wood (and bamboo) as building material is a greener than steel, brick and concrete.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) provides a list of responsible source of wood and paper, backed by a rigorous, third-party certification audit.
Ecodesignz provides ideas of the advantages of bamboo as materials for furniture and related technologies.
Narurrawood presents information about bamboo and wood flooring which has been certified by the FSC, the Forest Stewardship Council.
Revell gives information about certified and composite wood materials salvaged from normal lumber production.
Robinia discusses wood as a sustainable material.
Lowes for Pros share understanding of standard of green lumber and how builders and remodelers benefit from the forest management.
Green Options introduces different kinds of renewable timber products, including FSC Certified wood and recovered wood.
Midori Bamboo offers information about the natural benefit, eco-friendliness and characteristics of bamboo as fabrics.
Nawpi provides sources of certified wood products from around the world.
Azwoods provides basic information of sustainable forest products, such as certified molded wood and plywood.
Converge offers ideas about how to make an environmentally friendly timber purchase decision.
This BBC provides basic ideas about wood, tree and climate change and an understanding of sustainable wood.