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Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) principles include:

the protection of forest watersheds, soil and indigenous species

restricted chemical use and limits on genetic engineering

local populations have influence over forestry operations

fair-labor policies are upheld

Note that some FSC policies have been criticized, for instance:

Logging of old-growth trees is still allowable in some of its "well-managed" forests

the FSC also has reduced the minimum amount of certified-wood content from 70 percent to 30 percent for chip and fiber-board products carrying its label.

Sources:Pacific Rim Woodworking, Sleeptek, www.fsc.org


Sustainable, Renewable Wood

Unsustainable forest management is causing massive soil erosion and biodiversity loss, as well as threatening the economic security of communities around the globe. Significant forest loss is also dramatically reducing the world's oxygen supply and posing a threat to our continued survival. Forest certification is the process of inspecting forests to determine if they are being managed according to an agreed upon set of social and environmental standards. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifies that the wood in a product has been sustainably produced.

About our manufacturers, sourcing, harvesting and processing of organic cotton:

Since 1981, PACIFIC RIM WOODWORKING (PRW) has offered handcrafted, solid maple furniture. To highlight the natural beauty of this distinctive hardwood, they hand-rub each piece with their own finish. Furniture is built entirely in Eugene, Oregon and is guaranteed to be free of defects in both materials and workmanship. They use Western Maple grown in managed forests in Washington and Oregon. The Western Maple used in PRW products is actually harvested as a secondary item during softwood harvests. PRW's hardwood supplier has received a certificate to sell “Chain of Custody” products under the 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.

The definition 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. PRW closely monitors the decision makers 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.

PRW strives 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 their offices, lunchroom and shop. Sawdust is recycled into compost at a local lawn and garden center. They have a strict maintenance schedule for machinery to minimize replacement needs and often opt to fix a machine rather than replace it. In cases where replacement is necessary, they scour the secondary markets for the perfect “gently used” tool.

SLEEPTEK: In the province of Québec, sustainable management is called jardinage. This highly specialized method for growth and harvest is monitored by government-trained inspectors. Once the specified number of trees are selected in designated areas, approval for cutting is given. Forestry personnel oversee the cutting operation to protect the forest from intrusive damage. If damage is detected, it is rectified immediately to restore balance and harmony to the forest floor.

All of the wood used in Sleeptek (Green Sleep and Oasis) products is harvested from sustainable Canadian forests. Even the superior European dowels are made from maple and birch harvested and exported from Canadian sources. All Sleeptek foundations can be set on legs or bed frames. Bed frames are constructed of selected hardwoods, and each piece is individually crafted by a skilled cabinetmaker from traditional European designs. Frames are finished only with the finest natural waxes and non-toxic oils.

At Sleeptek, your home environment is of the utmost concern and a privilege to support. Natural wood stays that way; never treated with synthetic glues, dyes, or finishing sprays at any stage of construction. You are completely protected from harmful off-gassing, the toxic fumes that most other sleep systems emit. And the specialized cabinetry techniques that Sleeptek uses in constructing its frames—especially the use of extra-strong wood slats—eliminates the creaking and popping often heard with other beds. The solid, fitted, box-style frames provide the ideal support for exceptional foundations and mattresses.

Not only is Sleeptek committed to providing a product that is made with minimal environmental impact, they are committed to constructing products that will withstand generations of use. With straightforward designs and sturdy construction, a significant contribution is made to the environment simply by limiting the use of untapped resources that would be used in creating replacement products. It is not only important to use our resources wisely, but to practice conservation whenever possible.