It’s not easy to be an eco-friendly shopper. With so many products at your fingertips, it’s hard to know which companies truly support environmental efforts or simply hire clever marketers to put a “green” spin on things. Prosumer’s Choice is not shy about sharing our commitment to the environment, and we’re particularly proud of our products made with bamboo as well as our alliance with the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).
While you may not have heard of the Forest Stewardship Council®, its global impact is significant. An independent and member-led organization, its mission is, “To promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests.” The FSC® accomplishes this by balancing environmental protection with market needs for wood products. One of the most respected forest management systems in the world, the FSC® is comprised of hundreds of organizations and individual members committed to its cause and to the high standards it sets.
Why FSC® Certification Is Important to Us
Prosumers Choice is a proud FSC® licensee, which means that we’re authorized to use the FSC® label on products made with materials that are responsibly managed in our supply chain. Most of our line of eco-friendly bamboo products are certified as material that has been harvested from sustainably and responsibly managed plantations. Here’s what this means to you, our customer. When you buy one of our FSC® certified bamboo products, whether it’s a laptop stand, charging station, or bathtub caddy, you’re buying a product that complies with FSC® environmental standards. When you buy an FSC® certified product, this means the materials used were harvested from a plantation that respects the rights of indigenous people as well as the rights of its workers. Owning an FSC® certified product also means that water quality was protected, hazardous and harmful chemicals were not used, and the bamboo did not come from an old-growth forest. All of these factors are important to us, which is why Prosumer’s Choice supports the FSC® and encourages our manufacturing partners to do the same with a preference for FSC® certified products.
Bamboo Is More than Eco-Friendly
We love bamboo for a whole host of reasons. A super-renewable resource, bamboo grows like a weed, literally! Depending on the species, bamboo can mature in 1 to 5 years, compared to the 40 year maturity rate of other hardwoods. Bamboo has a naturally beautiful finish that doesn’t require paint or varnishes. It’s an especially dense and sturdy material that has a natural resistance to moisture and bacteria, features that make it ideal for products such as cutting boards, bath mats, and desktop trays. Unlike hardwoods, bamboo does not need to be replanted, so as a substitute for slow growth timber, bamboo is a star!
Could we offer natural Bamboo products without a preference for FSC® certification? Yes, we could easily place other factors above FSC® certification when we select our supply chain partners. But in the end, we want to feel good about the products we sell. We want the Prosumer’s Choice brand to be associated with sustainable business practices, and our success to come from socially responsible means, not at the expense of people or the environment. We know why it’s important to you to buy eco-friendly products and we are doing our part to help customers like you make a purchase you love and are proud to own.
Learn More about the FSC®
The Forest Stewardship Council® was established in 1992 and now operates in over 80 countries worldwide. Membership in the FSC® is open to all who want to do their part. We encourage you to visit the FSC® website and watch the video below to learn more about this amazing organization. Whether you purchase a product from us or from anyone else, we hope you’ll make the FSC® part of your buying decision.