Exotic Woods and Ethical Shopping

I stopped by the Exotic Woods Inc. booth today and chatted with Mel Hordyk. He had some very nice wood, from cocobolo to ziricote. I told him I was especially interested in the environmental and social ethics behind such products. For example, how do I know that the wood is harvested in such a way that it doesn’t exploit the land or the workers?

Mel mentioned that FSC certification is a place to start, but it shouldn’t be the only thing you look for. It’s best to talk to the seller about the wood and simply ask about where it came from. You can learn a lot from the responses you get.

I really identified with Mel’s philosophy. He said, “I don’t get ethically sourced wood to ease my conscience, I buy it because it’s the right thing to do.”

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