Earth Day 2011

Today is the 41st Earth Day.  In 1970, there was no Environmental Protection Agency, no Clean Air, Clean Water Act, or any way to fight industrial pollution.  As the recent BP oil spill illustrated, we still need Earth Day as a yearly reminder that we need to treat the earth kindly or we will perish.

At Good Millwork, we practice Earth Day all year round.  The lumber we use comes from recycled bits of old buildings, from reclaimed deadhead sinker cypress, or from sustainably harvested wood.  No clear cuts for us!

Recycled wood comes from buildings that are being torn down.  Often this wood is old growth lumber harvested back when there were still large stands of virgin lumber.  In addition to saving landfill space, this practice allows the beautiful old growth timber to take on a new life.  Anyone who has seen a beautiful old pinewood floor will understand the importance of saving such lumber.

Reclaimed deadhead sinker cypress is brought up from the bottom of rivers and canals.  It was harvested 150 years ago from virgin forests.  The logs were floated to the sawmills.  A certain percentage, around 10%, sank.  At the time, lumber was abundant so the sinkers were left where they fell.  Now, of course, such timber is no longer available any other way.  So it is salvaged from the bottom and dried out, then sliced and made available for use.

Sustainably harvested wood is taken in a manner that does not disturb the ecosystem around the lumber.  Instead of clear cutting, individual trees are harvested.  Instead of bulldozing a path in and out, as little disruption of the area as possible occurs.  This wood is treated with respect, as is the environment it grew in.

Where does your lumber come from?  If you buy architectural moldings from Good Millwork, you will know it didn’t come from some clear cut forest that left a gaping sore in the earth.  Practice Earth Day with us.  Call today.

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Want Green Lumber? Get FSC Certified Wood

Are you concerned about the environment and want to make sure you only buy products that are made in an environmentally responsible manner?You can buy wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council with confidence.  The only certify wood harvested in a manner that maintains or improves the environment.

Right now, everyone claims to be “green”.  Doing so is easy because the tern is not regulated by the government.  There are nongovernmental groups, however, that carefully inspect and certify products ads being environmentally sound.  The Forest Stewardship council is one of them.

In order to be certified by the FSC, producers have to adhere to these ten points:

Principle 1. Compliance with all applicable laws and international treaties

Principle 2. Demonstrated and uncontested, clearly defined, long–term land tenure and use rights

Principle 3. Recognition and respect of indigenous peoples’ rights

Principle 4. Maintenance or enhancement of long-term social and economic well-being of forest workers and local communities and respect of worker’s rights in compliance with International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions

Principle 5. Equitable use and sharing of benefits derived from the forest

Principle 6. Reduction of environmental impact of logging activities and maintenance of the ecological functions and integrity of the forest

Principle 7. Appropriate and continuously updated management plan

Principle 8. Appropriate monitoring and assessment activities to assess the condition of the forest, management activities and their social and environmental impacts

Principle 9. Maintenance of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) defined as environmental and social values that are considered to be of outstanding significance or critical importance

Principle 10. In addition to compliance with all of the above, plantations must contribute to reduce the pressures on and promote the restoration and conservation of natural forests

At Good Millwork, our lumber is either reclaimed, recycled,  or harvested sustainably.  If you want to know where your wood comes from, call us today.