Most of our products are eco-labeled, which means a few things: the wood is sourced from sustainable forests that aren’t cut down faster than they can regenerate, the local wildlife is considered and taken care of and the forest workers’ conditions are assured.
What is FSC?
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests. It is widely regarded as one of the most important initiatives to promote responsible forest management worldwide. It places a special emphasis on rainforest conservation.
Launched by environmental groups in 1993 FSC manages an international standard for well-managed forests and a process for tracking and certifying wood furniture, flooring and other products derived from those forests. FSC addresses numerous aspects of sustainable forestry, including ecological issues, old-growth forests, plantations, restoration, biodiversity, native habitat, indigenous people’s rights, and sound management for timber production.
FSC certification for furniture is a good indication that the furniture has been independently evaluated and determined sustainable or eco-friendly, but what exactly does that mean?
The FSC label provides certification of the chain of links between the forest where a product originates and the consumer. For example with wood furniture, each of the following businesses involved in transforming a tree into a piece of furniture would have to be FSC certified in order for that furniture piece to be FSC certified:
- Certified forest owner
- Certified logger and sawyer
- Certified lumber wholesaler
- Certified lumber retailer
- Certified furniture maker
- Certified furniture retailer
As a firm that is constantly developing we put great emphasis on environmentally friendly thinking. From the end of May 2015, GIR has been FSC-certified and we are proud of our contribution to sustainable forestry.
GIR started the transition to use FSC-certified wood in 2010. Since then, the share of certified wood in our production has increased continuously. The process of obtaining the certificate was carried out by implementation, introduction of FSC standards, creation of necessary documents, all in order to meet the requirements of complex FSC standards, which are subject to changes on a global level. The currently valid external acts, relating to GIR, are FSC-STD-40-004 V3-0 and FSC-STD-50-001 V2-0 standards.