Environmental and Social Responsibility
JH2 OneTreeHome believes that its long-term success as a contemporary furniture maker is based on:
- • Responsible environmental stewardship
- • Sustainable use of resources
- • Taking good care of employees
- • Earning the trust and confidence of the communities where the wood used in our furniture originates
- • Having partners and associates who share our core values
These beliefs are reflected in our activities, which includes ensuring that all of the wood used in our furniture meets Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) standards and certifications. FSC certification guaranties that areas where our wood originates are replanted and reforested and that companies involved in harvesting trees have long-term mutually beneficial relationships with their employees and the communities where their timberlands are located.
JH2 OneTreeHome also actively promotes “green” building standards and organizations that are dedicated to sustainable forestry and environmentally-friendly furniture manufacturing practices.
Sustainability/ Environmental Initiatives
Much of the wood used in our furniture comes from an area of natural forest in the eastern region of Nicaragua where trees were knocked down or lost all of their branches as a result of Hurricane Felix in 2007. These trees are being harvested with the encouragement and support of the Nicaraguan government because, as these trees disintegrate over time, the release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere adds to global warming.
We have chosen to use wood for our furniture to which Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Controlled Wood Standards have been applied because, as FSC states, these Standards “guarantee that wood material originates from socially and environmentally responsible forest operations that fulfill the FSC Principles and Criteria.”
In addition to receiving FSC certification through application of FSC’s Controlled Wood Standards, some of the wood used in our furniture comes from plantations owned by an affiliate of Simplemente Madera Group®, which has received the FSC’s pure certification following an intense assessment of operations by the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood® Program, an accredited certifier for the FSC.
FSC’s standards are considered by many to be the “gold standard” of certifications in forestry-related sustainability certification. See Forest Stewardship Council® Certifications for additional information.
In addition to using only FSC-certified wood in our furniture, Simplemente Madera has adopted a formal Environmental Action Plan in order to help minimize the impact that its operations on the environment and to ensure the sustainability of its forestry operations. This Plan includes, among other initiatives:
- • On-going systems for sustainably managing forestry operations and assets and pro-actively managing environmental issues
- • Meeting ISO 14001 standards to identify and control the environmental impact of activities and to implement a systematic approach for setting and achieving environmental objectives
- • Performing regular environmental audits, based on ISO 14001 guidelines
- • Adopting a Waste Management Plan to eliminate large scale waste wood and saw dust piles and avoid ongoing accumulation of waste wood
- • Measuring emissions to the air from combustion facilities and implementing required pollution reduction procedures to reduce emissions
Forest Stewardship Council® Certifications
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC), in its own words, is “an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.” Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC is widely regarded as one of the most important initiatives of the last decade to promote responsible forest management worldwide.
The FSC’s members include environmental and social groups, organizations sponsored by indigenous peoples, forestry professionals, plantation and forest owners, wood product manufacturers and wood merchants.
The FSC’s standards and criteria for forest management are used to assess forestry and, more specifically, their forestry practices and activities. FSC certifications are awarded after an extensive review by an FSC-accredited assessment organization to ensure compliance with rigorous FSC requirements.
Based on a review of its operations, the plantations from which some of the wood used in our furniture originates were awarded SmartWood Certified Forestry Certifications through the Rain Forest Alliance and the FSC. In addition, all of the wood the hurricane devastated areas in the northeastern part of Nicaragua have the FSC Controlled Wood Forest Management Certification.
According to the FSC, “the FSC Controlled Wood Standard allows manufacturers and traders to avoid wood that has been:
- • Illegally harvested
- • Harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights
- • Harvested in forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities
- • Harvested from areas being converted from forests and other wooded ecosystems to plantations or non-forest uses
- • Harvested from areas where genetically modified trees are planted
JH2 OneTreeHome is proud to encourage social and environmental responsibility in forestry by endorsing the application of FSC Standards to the timberlands and plantations from which the wood used in our furniture originates.
LEED® and the Sustainable Furnishings Council®
Buying “green” is a growing trend, but its increasing popularity begs the question: “How green is green?” The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary standard developed by the United States Green Building Council for developing buildings that reduce or eliminate environmental impacts. LEED® certification is obtainable by earning points for compliance with specified LEED® standards. Points are awarded to projects based on percentage of compliance in particular categories.
Our furniture can help contribute points toward LEED® certification for buildings because of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certifications applicable to the wood from which our furniture is made, which include FSC’s Controlled Wood Forest Management Certification and FSC’s pure certification.
These credits may include:
Materials & Resources
Rapidly renewable materials:
Indoor Environmental Quality
EQ credit 4.5
Innovation & Design Process
ID credit 1
In addition to potentially contributing to LEED® certification, we are a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council® (SFC). The SFC is the premier U.S. non-profit organization that promotes green furnishings and sustainable practices in the furniture and furnishings industry. The SFC is a coalition of suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and designers, as well as consumers, who recognize the scientific consensus that our world is experiencing dangerous global climate change.
We support SFC’s activities to bring awareness to the need to minimize carbon emissions, waste stream pollutants and the use of primary materials like wood from unsustainable sources. SFC members are committed to analyzing the environmental impact of their products, and a verifiable chain of custody, which we insist upon for all wood used in our furniture, is the only acceptable method for tracking wood flow.