Amish Furniture & Sustainable ForestryBy Dawn Schabbing · February 4, 2015
Go Green with Amish Solid Wood Furniture
Since we build to order each individual piece of solid wood furniture, there’s no need to keep aisles and aisles of dining tables, living room tables, bedroom and nursery furniture waiting in large furniture warehouses.
At Countryside Amish Furniture, we also take this opportunity to conserve precious resources by making sure that our hand-crafted furniture originates from sustainable forests. That means before any tree is cut down, the forest it is in has been evaluated by an ecology expert in order to determine the best way to optimize these resources –- not only for today, but also for the next generation. In other words, younger trees are always there to replace an older tree that is being removed.
Sometimes a tree’s demise comes due to Mother Nature, but sometimes it comes to mankind’s actions. In a healthy forest, sapling trees are there waiting to take over and grow into a large tree for things like furniture making. Furniture our Amish builders make from these trees, however, will last for generations.
Legislation and education have created ways to protect our forests, when it became apparent that too many trees were being lost due to less-than-perfect practices. According to Mother Nature Network, there are more trees standing today than there were 100 years ago due to responsible harvesting.
The United States, which contains 8 percent of the world's forests, has increased the number of trees over the last 100 years. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), "Forest growth nationally has exceeded harvest since the 1940s. By 1997, forest growth exceeded harvest by 42 percent and the volume of forest growth was 380 percent greater than it had been in 1920."
At Countryside, many of our Amish craftsmen utilize local lumber that is not trucked in from miles away, saving on gas and emissions. We select the artisans with whom we partner very carefully based on the integrity of the product they produce as well as the sustainable means by which they acquire their raw materials.
Because we use high quality hardwoods in our furniture making process, fine furnishings built by Countryside Amish Furniture will not end up in a landfill within a few years. Instead, you are choosing to ‘go green’ when you order from Countryside.
Going green in our industry means helping to sustain our environment. Increasing the number of trees in our forests improves photosynthesis, oxygen production, and airborne toxin removal. Finally, the wood being used is a renewable material and decades later will still be a biodegradable product, according to MNN.
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