Sustainably-Harvested Wood: How to Ensure It’s Used in Your Next Project

At Rulon International, we strongly believe you don’t have to choose between beauty and sustainability when it comes to your project. Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has always been one of our core values, and we like to practice what we preach, so all of our products are designed to be both beautiful and sustainable. In fact, as an innovator in the wood ceiling and wood wall systems industry, we lead the market in environmentally responsible manufacturing with wood products that achieve stunning results.

When you want to make a statement with beautiful, sustainable features, wood ceiling and wood wall systems can be a great option. Fortunately, the ability to customize your wood features makes it easier than ever to use sustainable products to achieve your vision. However, just because wood is a sustainable product doesn’t mean it’s always harvested sustainably.

No matter what your project looks like, any time you use wood in your projects, we encourage you to opt for sustainably-harvested wood. How can you do that? In a few ways.

What You Should Know About Sustainably-Harvested Wood

When using wood products in your design, it’s important to remember that, while wood is a sustainable building material, not all wood is harvested sustainably.

What Sustainably-Harvested Wood Looks Like

Because wood is a renewable resource, it’s considered sustainable. Not only is it natural, but it’s also accessible since it can typically be sourced locally for those who need it. If you’re looking to build in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way, you should choose sustainably-harvested wood that comes from a preserved forest.

What sustainably-harvested wood really means is that no one went out into the woods and chopped down a tree for its lumber with no intention of replanting. With sustainably-harvested wood, you can expect that more trees will be planted in place of the tree that was chopped down. Not only is this beneficial to the environment and your design, but it’s also a good way to publicly showcase your company’s commitment to sustainability.

SFI and FSC for Sustainably-Harvested Wood

If you’re hoping to make use of sustainably-harvested wood for your project, you should know how to get it. When you use wood products that meet certain criteria, those products may be certified sustainable by the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Both websites have searchable databases that allow you to find local dealers who carry certified wood products that meet their sustainability standards. When you use this tool, you can make sure you’re choosing wood products, like wood ceilings and wood wall systems, that are sustainably-harvested.

SFI vs. FSC: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to sustainably-harvested wood, you can’t go wrong with products that are certified by the SFI or FSC. They both have standards in place that focus on sustainability, with the key difference being that the SFI is performance-based and the FSC is program-based. These organizations don’t just have great missions in place — they’re also committed to continued improvement and growth, regularly reevaluating their certification standards for maximum positive environmental impact.

Use Sustainably-Harvested Wood for Your Wood Ceiling and Wood Wall Systems

At Rulon International, we’ve been an FSC® chain of custody certificate holder since 1998! Our state-of-the-art headquarters and manufacturing facility were both built from the ground up to reflect our environmental consciousness, and all of our products reflect our dedication to environmentally responsible manufacturing. To get started with sustainable wood products for your project, schedule a design call with our team today!

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