Love the idea of outdoor furniture certified by The Forest Stewardship Council? Our friends at The Rainforest Alliance gave us the latest on sustainable companies such as Jensen Leisure Furniture, all using FSC-certified wood in their outdoor creations.

As reported by The Rainforest Alliance:marabol forest 300x292 Relax outside with furniture built from FSC certified Ipé wood

Summer brings the promise of days spent puttering in the garden and evenings relaxing on the porch or patio with friends and family. You can enhance these satisfying moments by making sure your wooden garden furniture and tools come from responsibly managed, FSC-certified forests.

FSC-certified forests meet strict environmental and social criteria, and FSC-certified wood products can be traced all the way along the supply chain, giving consumers the reassurance that they are helping to conserve biodiversity and protect the rights and welfare of workers and communities.  Here are some FSC-certified options for an eco-conscious backyard:

1. Jensen Leisure Furniture, a high-end outdoor furniture manufacturer, is introducing a complete line of furniture made from the tropical hardwood Ipé that comes from forestlands in Bolivia certified by the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program to FSC standards.  Learn more about their Wood for a World of Difference.

2. Nothing brightens a garden like the melodic sounds of song birds.  Birdwatchers can now buy bird houses made from FSC-certified wood.  Modern Birdhouses (www.modernbirdhouses.com) tout sleek architectural designs and are hand-made from teak that is FSC-certified by the Rainforest Alliance.

3. For teak furniture lovers who want to do right by the environment, Forest World (www.forestworld.com) offers a variety of quality hardwood garden furniture certified by the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program. They also offer indoor furniture and FSC-certified wood for decking and flooring.

4. Savvy gardeners dig FSC-certified garden forks and spades at Smith & Hawken (www.smithandhawken.com).  They offer over 14 different gardening tools, which are rust-resistant and made with carbon steel heads.

5. In addition to planting a lush landscape, home gardeners should consider planting trees, which not only help to shade and beautify a yard, but capture carbon dioxide, control soil erosion and provide habitat for wildlife.

The Rainforest Alliance, a nonprofit international conservation organization, was instrumental in the founding of the FSC in 1993.  It is the world’s leading certifier of forestlands to FSC standards, which is considered the gold standard of well-managed forest certification.  The Rainforest Alliance has certified over 123,668,660 acres (50,027,673 ha) in 63 countries worldwide.

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.

Image: Marabol Forest Concession, Santa Cruz, Bolivia; courtesy of Brave Duck Productions