Wood Products - Why Buy CollinsWood?


Our Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified hardwood and softwood lumber, hardwood veneer and veneer logs, and particleboard are known as CollinsWood®. CollinsWood® is available internationally and is gaining wide recognition as architects, designers, builders, manufacturers, and craftsmen choose to protect the environment by specifying and using certified forest products.

The FSC logo on lumber and consumer goods is a guarantee that the wood you’re purchasing comes from forestlands that are managed in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible. It’s the mark that distinguishes between clever enviro-friendly advertising that takes advantage of consumers’ desire to make responsible purchasing decisions, and a solid commitment to management practices that protect and enhance the diverse ecosystems of our forestland.

Certified hardwood desk
custom-made by The Joinery
Photo credit: Studio 3


What are your product choices as an architect, manufacturer, contractor, wholesaler, retailer, or consumer? Do you use wood from wherever you can get it, the cheaper the better? Do you recognize that when you buy wood without knowing how the timberlands it comes from are managed, you may be contributing to poor forestry practices? Do you use plastic, steel, concrete, or aluminum to reduce your dependence on wood?

While there are no easy answers, there are intelligent choices.

We stand by wood as an intelligent choice. Is it always the best choice? Of course not. But when you are trying to decide what will cause the least impact on the environment, remember this: Plastic, steel, concrete, and aluminum are not renewable. Wood is. They are not biologically degradable. Wood is. They require considerable energy to develop into usable products. Wood does not. But, if forests are not managed in ways that can be independently audited and scientifically evaluated to protect the entire forest ecosystem, then wood is not a responsible choice.

If you want to support and sustain forests that are truly environmentally managed, choose wood (not just ours) that has been independently certified in accordance with the principles and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council. It’s an intelligent choice. It’s one that will save our forests and our Earth for future generations. And it’s a choice we can all make.

C.F. Martin & Co. guitar
beautifully crafted of

A Growing Phenomenon

The range of businesses and organizations using certified wood in their building projects continues to expand rapidly. Leaders in the use of sustainably harvested wood include Banana Republic, The Gap, the San Francisco International Airport, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Middlebury College in Vermont, Ohio’s Oberlin College, and Habitat for Humanity in Portland, Oregon. Fine furniture craftsmen such as Neil Kelly Cabinets, Berkeley Mills, Charles Shackleton, The Joinery, and C.F. Martin (makers of handcrafted guitars) have also dedicated themselves to expanding the demand for certified products—by educating consumers and creating beautiful, heirloom-quality goods. Additionally, companies such as The Home Depot and Gardener’s Supply, Inc. lead the way in the retail arena by pledging to increase substantially the availability of certified lumber and goods in their stores and catalogs. Now, what about you?

How can you help lead the charge?

Buy FSC-certified lumber and wood products. Specify FSC-certified lumber and wood products. Urge wholesalers and retailers to carry FSC-certified lumber and wood products. It’s that simple. The results? One, it will signal to other forest product companies that you are actively supporting sustainable practices through your purchasing power. Two, it will compel them to reassess their management practices and certify their lands for the benefit of the entire forest ecosystem. And three, it will give future generations the opportunity to enjoy our forests for their own intrinsic beauty and value.

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