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What does FSC-certified mean?
FSC is short for Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC is an international non-profit organization that maintains and manages the world’s forests that are used for paper, wood and other pulp production. An FSC-certified forest ensures that the harvest of products is environmentally responsible and respects the natural eco-system of the forest. An added bonus is that no indigenous wildlife or people to the forest are displaced or harmed as is usually the case with traditional forestry practices. So rather than clear-cutting and polluting, FSC products have helped the long-term life of the forest and in the process have created more energy to offset the current carbon crisis.
The FSC has made great strides over the past couple of years and the certification can be seen in many mainstream applications. Home Depot now carries FSC-certified wood; the US Postal Service uses FSC-certified paper for its mailings, as does Comcast and Crate & Barrel, amongst other large companies.
Our use of the FSC is still quite unique. Most rubber these days is man-made in a factory out of chemicals. The rubber used in the soles of our sneakers is the old fashioned kind, all natural that is tapped from a tree like Maple syrup. And of course, the trees used to source our rubber are all FSC-certified, so our sourcing is not harming the eco-system! You can learn more about the FSC on our Blog.
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