The next time you do a little interior decorating or upgrade furniture – whether it’s just a new coffee table, shelving or a whole dining room set – you can do your part to make the environment a priority by looking for the SFI label. The label means that the wood used was legally sourced from responsibly managed forests, meets rigorous requirements of the SFI Standards and has undergone an independent third-party audit.
Making your choices clear to product makers
When you shop at a major retailer or local store, you likely already think beyond the store and its products to the core values behind them. A generation ago, shoppers rarely wondered about where the energy came from to light, heat and cool the store, how much water the store was using or where the paper came from for its flyers and catalogs.Today, you can expect businesses to tell you exactly how they impact the environment with their offerings. They know their choice of wood, paper and packaging products has a direct impact on the environment. They also know a growing number of consumers want to know what this impact is before they choose among competing stores and products.
Every time you buy a product with an SFI label, you personally help drive the demand for sustainable product choices. You’re rewarding business leaders who take the environment and forest communities into consideration. This has a material and positive effect on our forests, which has a positive, long-term effect on all of us.
Feel good about what you buy: Your choice promotes conservation and helps provide homes for others, too
SFI is more than a set of sustainability certification requirements; SFI is a community that works at the intersection of thriving forests, responsible procurement and sustainable communities. The SFI community promotes conservation of biodiversity, wildlife habitat and fresh water. The responsibly managed forests SFI Implementation Committees support provide a host of ecosystem services from carbon sequestration to cleaning the air we breathe.
Thirty-four local SFI Implementation Committees work at a grass-roots level. As an example, these committees work hand-in-hand with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout North America to put low-income, working families into their own homes. These efforts have included more than 4,000 volunteer hours, plus donated certified building materials. SFI has also worked with the National Association of Home Builders and Built Green Canada to support green building certification of Habitat homes.
Buying SFI supports sustainable communities across North America
SFI Implementation Committees partner with many local organizations, in addition to Habitat for Humanity, to raise awareness about sustainable forest management and sustainable communities. From a sustainable forestry perspective, every community is made up of unique citizens, landowners, loggers, foresters, and government agencies and scientists. SFI Implementation Committees work in partnership with these diverse communities to identify specific opportunities and challenges. Here are a few examples of SFI Implementation Committees on the ground in an area near you.
- Michigan – support of the Greening of Detroit to improve the city’s urban forests and revitalize the city through tree planting projects that organize volunteers to plant up to 6,000 trees a year
- Pennsylvania—sustainable timber harvesting training as part of a high school curriculum at no cost to the students or the school
- Minnesota – donation of 2,500 kits to make derby cars out of certified wood to the local Boy Scouts of America troops
- Maine – establishing the Fisheries Improvement Network (FIN), a forum for public agencies, family owners and conservation groups to share best management practices for critical habitats for Atlantic salmon and native brook trout
- Mississippi – hosting 25 Mississippi State University architecture students on a tour of certified tree farm and saw mill
Millions of responsibly managed forest acres translates into thousands of responsibly sourced products to choose from
Today, more than a quarter-billion acres (100 million hectares) of forestland across the U.S. and Canada are certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard and even more forests are positively influenced by the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard. SFI has multiple labels that signal furniture, packaging and other products made from wood meet the rigorous requirements of the SFI Standards. In 2014, more than 6,500 SFI label requests were approved for building supplies and furniture, as well as everyday items in the grocery store.
SFI On-Product Labels are recognized globally and provide a visual cue to help you identify products sourced from responsibly managed forests. By choosing SFI, you are helping maintain working forests and all the benefits they provide.
Visit SFI to find out more about the SFI label, how it supports forests and how forests support us.