Forest Stewardship Council: what is it exactly?

May 11, 2010

The FSC – Forest Stewardship Council.

History – The council was formed in 1993 after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where many questions were left unresolved. It was formed in response to the failure of intergovernmental agencies to agree on a global forest compact. Now the FSC has national offices in more than 40 countries.

The goal – was to define the practice of forest management and create guidelines for logging that wouldn’t perpetuate habitat destruction, water pollution, displacement of indigenous peoples, and violence against people who work in the forest and the wildlife that dwells there. There is a certification process for forest land owners and a CoC (Chain of Custody) which traces the wood from the forest through all stages of processing and distribution.

How to buy – woods certified by the FSC bear the FSC logo. Large retailers like Home Depot and Lowes stock FSC products. For furnishings ask if FSC woods are being used. Watch out for green washing which is where products claim to be green but don’t have what it takes to back it up.

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