What You Need To Know About Sustainably Sourcing Wood


As consumers become more conscious of the environmental impact of their purchasing decisions, manufacturers are turning to source materials sustainably.

One material that is particularly important to source sustainably is wood. Wood is used in a wide range of products, from furniture and flooring to paper and packaging. But if not sourced sustainably, wood harvesting can contribute to deforestation and the loss of biodiversity.

Fortunately, there are several ways to source sustainable wood for manufacturing products and at Saw It Loved It I only use responsibly sourced wood from reputable sources. In this blog post, I'll explore some of the most common methods.

Certification Programs

One of the most reliable ways to ensure that wood is sourced sustainably is to look for products certified by reputable certification programs. These programs verify that wood has been harvested in a way that is environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable. Some of the most well-known certification programs for sustainable wood include:

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

When sourcing wood for your manufacturing products, look for products that have been certified by one of these programs.


Salvaged Wood

Another way to source sustainable wood is to use salvaged wood. Salvaged wood is wood that has been reclaimed from old buildings, shipping pallets, or other sources. Using salvaged wood not only reduces the demand for new wood but also reduces the amount of wood waste that ends up in landfills.

Reclaimed Wood

Similar to salvaged wood, reclaimed wood is wood that has been reused from old furniture or other products. Using reclaimed wood not only reduces demand for new wood but also provides a unique, rustic look to the final product.

Domestic Wood

Sourcing wood from domestic sources is another way to ensure that wood is harvested sustainably. When wood is sourced locally, it reduces the distance that wood needs to be transported, reducing the carbon footprint of the product. Additionally, many countries have strict regulations around sustainable wood harvesting, so sourcing wood domestically can ensure that the wood is being harvested in an environmentally responsible way.

Recycled Wood Products

Another option for sourcing sustainable wood is to use recycled wood products. These products are made from wood waste such as sawdust or wood chips, and can be used in a wide range of products, including furniture, flooring, and packaging.

In conclusion, sourcing sustainable wood for manufacturing products is an important consideration for any environmentally conscious manufacturer. By using certification programs, salvaged wood, reclaimed wood, domestic wood, and recycled wood products, manufacturers can reduce the environmental impact of their products and contribute to a more sustainable future.

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