Oct 5, 2011

FSC vs. SFI - What's the difference?

By KC

People often ask us about the differences between wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and wood certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

The line between the two, for many consumers, is fuzzy, and LEED 2012 appears to be on the verge of accepting SFI wood, whereas in the past only FSC was acceptable.

But there are stark differences, and a side-by-side comparison of the two standards can help us remember why we prefer FSC, and why our ultimate goal is to promote the use of wood that meets or exceeds FSC standards.

Some of the biggest differences:

  • FSC prohibits the use of genetically-modified organisms; SFI allows their use
  • FSC prohibits the use of persistent and/or bioaccumulative pesticides; SFI recommends "prudent" use of pesticides
  • FSC prohibits the conversion of natural forest to plantations; SFI allows that conversion and the certification of wood from those forests
  • FSC's standards were developed by a broad range of stakeholders, including environmental and human rights activists and forest products representatives; SFI was developed exclusively by the forest products industries
  • FSC's audit results are made public and can be appealed; SFI's audit results are private and cannot be appealed

UPDATE 8/16/2013:  This well-researched Portland Tribune article explores the differences in detail.  A great read for anyone looking for more information about FSC vs. SFI.

Here are some interesting tidbits to help clarify things:

Seven More Brands Distance Themselves from 'Sustainable Forestry Initiative' (Forestethics.com)
A Picture Is Worth: FSC vs SFI Forests
(Treehugger.com)
A Comparison of the American Forest & Paper Association’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council’s Certification System (Yale University; PDF)

 
Jul 8, 2013

How to build raised garden beds with Restoration Juniper

By Tamra

How to build raised garden beds with Restoration Juniper

There are many benefits to constructing your raised bed with Juniper lumber. Restoration Juniper is long-lasting, beautiful, and chemical-free lumber that supports family-run mills committed to restoring Northwest ecosystems. Juniper lasts much longer than cedar or redwood, up to 50 years or more in ground contact applications because of its naturally high oil content that is decay and rot resistant.

It is genuinely not a good idea to use treated lumber, (the chemicals can leach into your soil and ultimately into your vegetables), so Juniper is a good choice for the environment AND your health.

Let’s take a look at what is required to build a 4-foot by 4-foot raised bed out of Juniper boards...
 

 
Aug 14, 2012

Blue pine and juniper: What a beautiful dream!

By KC

Blue pine and juniper: What a beautiful dream!

When you're visiting this year's Street of Dreams, be sure to look up!  Our Campground Blue Pine adds a fresh layer of texture and color to the ceilings in the "Oregon Dream" home on this year's tour.  The paneling was used in the home's study and master bedroom, where it was paired with sophisticated tones of blue and gray for an elegant, polished aesthetic. 

The home also features Restoration Juniper fireplace mantles.  The home's builders, Stone Bridge Homes, opted to leave the slabs in their natural state with the bark still attached for an authentic, untouched look.  Again, the effect is elegance, especially when paired with the home's carefully curated art and furniture.

The home was designed by Skyline Homes and the interiors were composed by Lisa Shipley at  Imagine Home Staging.


 

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