Thursday, May 30, 2013

What is FSC? And why we use it.

If you order a custom sign, these carvings are on FSC White Wood.  Our wedding cake stands are made from FSC Select Pine and Birch.

What does FSC mean? 
FSC = Forest Stewardship Council

What is the FSC? 
They are an international non-profit organization established to promote responsible management of the world’s forests.  

What does that mean? 
This offers customers, around the world, the ability to choose products from socially and environmentally responsible forestry. 

Think: Eco-friendly

What about reclaimed wood?
We do use our fair share of reclaimed wood for many of our smaller signs, and non-custom phrase designs.  Unless specially requested, we don't use it for custom signs due to the lack of consistency.  We've found customers typically want something similar to what is in the item listing photos, and the only way we can achieve that is through the use of wood that looks comparable, free of nail holes, nicks, and scratches.

Why don't you use MDF when it's more economical? 
Well, that's because MDF is an engineered wood. They break down hardwood and softwood into fibers, and then press them back together. 

Why is that a problem? 
Well, because Formaldehyde resins are commonly used to bind MDF together, and testing has consistently revealed that MDF products emit urea-formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds that pose health risks at sufficient concentrations, for at least several months after manufacture. 

Think: NOT Eco-Friendly or Healthy (like, at all)

Where we land:
We believe a custom wooden carved sign in your home should be free of contaminants and be as eco-friendly as possible. By purchasing wood that is in regulated forests, protecting nature and the life it supports, and using eco-friendly finishes, we can make something healthy and sustainable for your home, that'll last for years upon years. And, with no harmful chemicals or agents that can be emitted into the air you, or I, breathe!  YAY!

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