Not only are we committed to providing a product that is made with minimal environmental impact but constructed to withstand generations of use. With its straightforward design and sturdy construction a significant contribution is made to the environment by limiting the use of untapped resources to create replacement products. We feel that it is not only important to use our resources wisely, but to practice conservation whenever possible.
Thefinition of ‘green certified’ in the Pacific Northwest is constantly improving. The forest industry must strike a healthy balance between the environment, society and economic pressures. We closely monitor the decision makers here in the Pacific Northwest as well as those in Washington, D.C. as the definition of ‘green’ becomes workable. For now, there are many conflicting views on what ‘green’ really is as the fight continues over how to protect the environment, insure continuation of the resources, and maximize the utilization of the product, all in an economically viable fashion. Current trends show a lack of support for most certification programs due to the higher costs passed ultimately to the end consumer.
The Western Maple used in our products is actually harvested as a secondary item during softwood harvests. Our hardwood supplier has received a certificate to sell “Chain of Custody” products under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) rules as administered by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) for their softwood harvests. Although this is not the ultimate answer, it does begin the process by insuring that a percentage of the forests are being managed with an eye to the future.
We strive to use every possible board foot of maple, donating the smallest off-fall to local schools and community centers for woodshop projects or low-income families for heat during the winter months. Recycling bins can be found in our offices, lunchroom and shop. Our sawdust is recycled into compost at a local lawn and garden center. We have a strict maintenance schedule for our machinery to minimize replacement needs and often opt to fix a machine rather than replace it. In cases where replacement is necessary, we scour the secondary markets for the perfect “gently used” tool.
Today more than ever, mankind is realizing just how small and precious our planet is. Although there is much to be done and even more to yet discover, we are proud to play our small role. We are committed to finding harmony within our environment and securing the future of this unique planet called Earth. We hope you will join us.
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