FSC-Certified Garden Furniture Protects the Great Outdoors

May 19, 2009

Summer brings the promise of days spent puttering in the garden and evenings relaxing on the porch or patio with friends and family. You can enhance these satisfying moments by making sure your wooden garden furniture and tools come from responsibly managed, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified forests.

FSC-certified forests meet strict environmental and social criteria, and FSC-certified wood products can be traced all the way along the supply chain, giving consumers the reassurance that they are helping to conserve biodiversity and protect the rights and welfare of workers and communities.

Here are some FSC-certified options for an eco-conscious backyard:

Jensen Leisure Furniture
  1. Jensen Leisure Furniture, a high-end outdoor furniture manufacturer, is introducing a complete line of furniture made from the tropical hardwood Ipé that comes from forestlands in Bolivia certified by the Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program to FSC standards. Learn more about their Wood for a World of Difference campaign.
  2. Nothing brightens a garden like the melodic sounds of song birds. Birdwatchers can now buy bird houses made from FSC-certified wood. Modern Birdhouses tout sleek architectural designs and are hand-made from teak that is FSC-certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
  3. For teak furniture lovers who want to do right by the environment, Forest World offers a variety of quality hardwood garden furniture certified by the Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program. They also offer indoor furniture and FSC-certified wood for decking and flooring.
  4. Savvy gardeners dig FSC-certified garden forks and spades at Smith & Hawken. They offer more than 14 different gardening tools, which are rust-resistant and made with carbon steel heads.
  5. In addition to planting a lush landscape, home gardeners should consider planting trees, which not only help to shade and beautify a yard, but capture carbon dioxide, control soil erosion and provide habitat for wildlife.