Sustainable Forestry


Sustainable Forestry

Robbins has been FSC® chain of custody certified to offer sustainably harvested hardwoods for many years.  Robbins is audited annually by the Rainforest Alliance and holds Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC) certificate SW-COC-000720.  Robbins certified hardwood is also verified and listed by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) High Performance Product Database.

Our nation’s hardwood forests are sustainable: 

  • Forest Statistics of the United States, 2002, shows that the U.S. grows six times more hardwoods than are harvested each year.  
  • There were 82% more hardwoods in 2002 than in 1952. In 1986 the U.S. used 5 billion cf. In that same year 9.5 billion cf of timber was added to the hardwood forest industry.
  • Wood is the only natural resource on Earth that is at once renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and re-usable. The energy required to grow our timber supply is free. It comes from the sun.
  • Although wood consumption accounts for almost half of the total annual industrial raw material tonnage, lumber and wood products manufacturing processes account for only about 4% of energy consumed by industrial raw material manufacturers.

Source: Excerpted from the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association website (www.maplefloor.org), Evergreen Magazine and NHLA’s Forest Resource Fact Book.