What Qualifies as Sustainable Wood?

How do I know if I'm getting truly green, sustainable wood flooring products?
1965daughtry 03-31-08 12:24 p.m.

The clearest signal is a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification right on the packaging of the flooring in question. The FSC is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world's forests, and if you see its logo on a wood or paper product, you know that item has met strict forestry standards that ensure environmental responsibility, social benefit, and economic viability.

Other sustainable wood options include wood materials reclaimed from construction demolitions and other salvage situations, and/so with a little local research, you can find several options. Also consider such rapidly renewable options as bamboo and cork, which are beautiful, sustainable and durable alternatives to traditional hardwoods.

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Don't forget SFI

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (www.sfiprogram.com) is also a certification program similar to FSC. Furthermore, bamboo is proving remarkably non-durable. I have a good friend who is generally very supportive of the latest sustainable/fair-trade initiatives. Her office has bamboo floors in the lobby and the ladies have been asked to "not walk on it" because the heels in their shoes have been pitting the floor. She said there are so many pits now it is to the point that is almost looks like it is supposed to be that way.