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NorthWest Hardwoods

1313 Broadway, Suite 300
Tacoma Washington
United States
NorthWest Hardwoods
As a manufacturer and supplier of products made from natural resources, it’s our responsibility to make sure those resources are protected and managed. Our PEFC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certified alder, PC maple, PC birch, and hemlock are sourced from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), and PEFC forests. Northwest Hardwoods is Forest Stewardship Council® Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood Standard certified.

Best Practice Achievements

Sustainable Materials
We make a conscious effort to manage our materials selection, seeking materials we are confident are sustainable, such as legally harvested forest products, responsibly produced plantation products, and recycled content:
Recycling and Reclamation
We factor disassembly, recyclability and product reclamation into buying decisions. We offer a product reclamation/product reuse policy:
Return and Reuse
We use recycled or recyclable packing/packaging materials, offer blanket-wrap transportation arrangements for customers and have a carton return/reuse policy:
Chain of Custody
We ask for verifiable chain of custody documents (i.e. legal logging certifications) before buying products containing wood:
Decrease use of Toxic Chemicals
We have decreased our use/acceptance of known toxic chemicals for treatments, binders and finishes, replacing compounds that compromise indoor air quality and are harmful to human health:
Low Environmental Impact Textiles
We are asking our vendors for textiles that have a lower environmental impact, i.e. organic cotton in place of conventionally-grown cotton, as well as seeking other eco-friendly textiles:
Life Cycle Analysis
We are moving forward on doing a Life Cycle Analysis and/or are applying for SMaRT certification:
Local Sourcing
We extract, manufacture and distribute for consumer use within a 500 mile radius for at least a portion of our product line:
Third Party Certifications
We hold third party certifications for some of our products, or as a store, we promote and educate the consumer on the meaning of various third party certifications:
Sharing the Wealth
We take responsibility for sharing our commitment to sustainability up and down our entire supply chain, rewarding our vendors with increased business for partnering with us on sustainability issues:
Social Responsibility Code
We have a written Social Responsibility Code of Contact that is a baseline for employee relations:
Supplier Responsibility
We have written and distributed a Supplier Responsibility Code of Conduct for our vendors and conduct training at our partner facilities on the adoption of same:
Health and Safety Code Compliance
We and our partners meet or exceed all local health and safety codes and can document our health and safety working conditions in all our facilities/stores:
We Pay Living Wages
We pay a living wage rather than minimum wage and extend that around the globe:
We Sponsor Sustainability Events
We have participated in or sponsored in-store, community and/or regional educational events on sustainability and the environment:
We Inspect
We investigate and mitigate any negative environmental impacts from our operations:
Save Paper and Other Office Resources
We save paper and other office resources with a policy expressing an aversion to excess written documentation:
We Use Energy Specialists
We have had an energy specialist or utility company audit to measure our conventional energy usage and are on track to reduce it. We are replacing a portion of the energy we consume with certified renewable energy, either directly, via a program of our local utility, or via Green e-Power:
Updated Inefficient Equipment
We have replaced outdated and inefficient equipment, identified and changed wasteful resource procedures and implemented tighter operational controls:
Energy Efficient Lighting
We have increased the use of day lighting and/or are upgrading to more energy efficient lighting system:
Verified Sustainability Claims
We make only verifiable sustainability claims in adherence with FTC mandates against greenwash and in support of their Environmental Marketing Guides:
Committed to Training
We are committed to conducting training in-house and in the broader community about global climate change and our partnership with the SFC:
In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On reducing energy consumption:

2017: Northwest Hardwoods is focused on reducing energy consumption, especially at our sawmills and other production facilities. Senior management is aware there is "considerable energy to be saved", and supports a program to "intelligently make changes to gradually reduce our energy demand."A manufacturing supervisor and an energy consultant have been tasked with coordinating the effort across the business. Each mill will create a 3-4 person "Energy Team" to conduct energy audits.Assistance from utility experts and others will be used as needed.

Reduce energy consumption in: lighting, boilers, motors, and at "peak" demand times are targets. A goal of reducing overall energy consumption by 15% has been established.

Raising awareness among employees is an additional goal. Employees are encouraged to contribute energy saving ideas at work as well as use same energy saving mentality at home.

In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On how we will manage our primary material or service to a more sustainable direction:

2017: We are working to buy as much "certified"log volume (our primary raw material) as we can in North America. That means logs certified the AFTS, SFI,PEFC and FSC standards. We support these certification programs and want to source as much of our raw material as possible from companies and landowners that support them.

In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On education and promotion of the sustainability cause:

2017: For Northwest Hardwoods, the center of the "sustainability cause" is the sustainable harvest of the US hardwood forests. An extension of that is the promoting and educating people in the US and around the world facts about the health of our hardwood forest . To those ends, our lead foresters in each of the US growing regions where we have production (West, Northern/Glacial and Appalachian} will be actively involved in their state Forestry Associations. Many will be board members. The state forestry associations actively support the American Tree Farm System and its 3rd certification system as well as the American Forest Foundation. eefarms ys tem.or g/cert ification·ameri ca n·t:ree·far m·svstem htt ps://www.fores m,eri can·tree·farm·svstem

Some of our foresters will also be involved in Project Learning Tree® (PLT) https:lfwww. plt .org/ab out-us/ - a national non-profit program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative - with the following vision statement:
''PLT is committed to creating a future where the next generation values the natural world and has the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions and take responsible actions to sustain forests and the broader environment."