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For some renters and homeowners it is monumentally important to locate products made of wood deemed to be sustainable. Reasons for this are usually philosophical in nature, rather than related to the actual, user-experienced difference between one type of wood and another. The first thing to understand concerning this subject is precisely what is meant by term "sustainable." The simplest answer to this is: different definitions when spoken by different people. Some people merely mean originating from an area/source that is certifiably unlikely to become depleted any time in the near future, such as using bamboo in the home instead of hardwood. In many cases, though, additional factors are added to this baseline definition to arrive to what is commonly, modernly implied by the word "sustainable."

When most renters search for products that are certified sustainable, they are in essence looking for items certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. When you find various items that are termed to be FSC-certified, this should mean that you can count on a number of attributes relating not to the end product itself, but to the process involved in harvesting and readying the wood that went into making this end product. As you can probably imagine, you will usually not search for actual FSC-certified wood yourself, but (if the FSC's standards are also your own personal standards) will seek manufactures who commit to use only FSC-certified wood.

Differing Certifications

A certification from the Forest Stewardship Council is considered to be a badge of honor by many because of the fact that the FSC is a third-party organization. This means, essentially, that the FSC should have no vested interest in any given company or its products, and that it is not a hired service by the companies that wish to be granted certification. As with many other realms of business, a third-party certification or review service is valued above others specifically because of its objective point of view. There are other types of certification also, types that are less trusted by the average consumer because they are deemed to be more biased.

Some sustainability certifications originate from within the individual businesses themselves. While most consumers on the look-out for sustainable-wood products do not trust these certifications because of how they originate, it might bear further investigation if you have found a product that you like. Rather than dismissing a company's own certification process out of hand, you might consider, first of all, asking a representative from the business specifically what is meant by the term "sustainable" in their eyes. It is possible that they mean the exact same thing the FSC means, or more, or less. If you care about only certain aspects of the FSC certification standards, or if you think that their standards are not far-enough reaching, you could find that agree strongly with the principles of a certain company. Verifying the veracity of any company's claim is now easier than it has been in times past thanks to ease of online research and the widespread availability of reviews from other consumers.

Finding certified sustainable wood is not a difficult process, especially not if you are accustomed to conducting a good deal of your shopping for your home online. If you have decided that only FSC-certified products will be introduced to your home, you will immediately find a plethora of results upon searching for that term coupled with the specific wood-based product you are looking for. You may also consider the route of searching for the specific items you want for your home, querying a company representative or reading any detailed information they have publicized on the topic, and judging for yourself whether this is satisfactory.

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