The wood used in eco-friendly wooden furniture is sourced from carefully grown and harvested trees from sustainably managed forests. Hence the Slumberland Ecolux Base is made by a company that uses Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified supplies.
As the original pioneers of forest certification, the FSC uses their expertise to promote and certify the responsible management of the world’s forests, bringing together experts from the environmental, economic and social spheres.
What is FSC certified wood?
This means that the production is compliant with 10 principles:
- Compliance with laws
- Workers’ rights and employment conditions
- Indigenous peoples’ rights
- Community relations
- Benefits from the forest
- Environmental values and impact
- Management planning
- Monitoring and assessment
- High conservation values
- Implementation of management activities
Why are our forests in peril?
Why is this an important certification to look out for when next investing in a good bed?
We all know that we cannot live without certain vital organs – hence they are called ‘vital.’ Such as our lungs. Likewise, Mother Gaia, or the earth, who enables us to live here, has certain vital organs. Her lungs are the forests – absorbing our modern life CO2 emissions and storing them safely. Then in return releasing the oxygen, which we need to breathe.
But that’s not all that forests supply – they also filter water, control water run-off, protect soil, regulate climate, cycle and store nutrients, provide habitat for animal species and provide us with regenerative recreational space.
However, all is not good in the forest.
Mankind has been using wood from forests since we discovered fire. As well as wood for housing etc. But since the start of organised agriculture vast tracks of forest were cleared to grow crops and graze cattle. Our food needs seem to be the main culprit of deforestation. And then with the advent of the book our paper needs had to be supplied by the forest too.
Destruction of past 100 years
It took humanity 100 years to destroy as much forest as was naturally lost over the previous 9,000 years. Clearly not a sustainable rate. This is an area the size of the United States. That is 8 times the size of South Africa!
So we are reducing ‘the lungs,’ which contribute towards the perfect ecosphere, from which we as humans had evolved. Worldwide deforestation took about 130 000 km 2 (13 million hectares) of forests per year during the period 1990–2005 (an area the size of Greece).
Over the decade since 2010, the net loss in forests globally was 4.7 million hectares per year. Nett forest loss is reforestation minus the amount of forest lost. However, deforestation rates were significantly higher. The UN FAO estimate that 10 million hectares of forest were cut down each year.
What about future generations?
By 2050, some small and middle economy countries may have less than 1% of forest cover. In terms of numbers, the world total may fall to around 2 trillion trees – which may seem adequate, but it’s a big reason to worry for future generations.
With the rising need for renewable and sustainable fibres in recent years, man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCFs) have become the fastest growing fibre in the market. However, most of this material still comes from uncertified forests around the world – leaving their ecosystems vulnerable to deforestation, and threatening biodiversity and the livelihoods of those that depend on them.
Hence, the point is clear that forest management is one of the most important competencies that our generation needs to focus on to sustain life on earth.
The timber used in the Slumberland Ecolux Base is supplied by companies from Swaziland, who are SFC accredited. For those of us concerned about our forests and related environmental issues, this could go a long way towards contributing towards a peaceful night’s sleep.
The most comfortable place in the world just became the most ecologically sustainable. Say hello to Ecolux, Slumberland’s most eco-friendly bed ever.